If you’re rich, you buy expensive cars that are produced in slightly limited runs. If you’re really rich, you have a company build you one custom car, something it’s never done before, and then throw away the tooling so no one else can have one. All the really fancy brands do it, but this one-off in particular is from Aston Martin’s Q division, created for a special buyer for the Concours of Elegance of Hampton.
It’s called the Victor, after the Executive Chairman Victor Gauntlett who helmed the brand during the ‘70s and ’80s, from when this vehicle’s inspiration was pulled. It coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Vantage nameplate and uses cues from the ‘70s and ‘80s version that car, as well as the ‘70s DBS V8 that was developed to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the RHAM/1.
The Victor houses a 7.3-liter V12 tuned by Cosworth to make 836 hp and 605 lb-ft of torque. That thrust is sent through a Graziano six-speed manual and on to the rear wheels. It’s the most power naturally aspirated vehicle the company has produced as well as the most powerful with a manual transmission.
It uses a One-77 carbon fiber monocoque and rear housing, but the entire chassis weighs less than the original. The Victor makes more downforce than the Vantage GT4. It also has the same inboard springs as the Aston Martin Vulcan, with six settings. Center lock wheels, six-piston Brembo brakes and carbon ceramic discs complete the package.
The exterior color is called Pentland Green and its accented by satin carbon fiber. The two round headlights look like they were taken directly off the ’77-’89 Vantage and the ducktail spoiler looks like the Le Mans car. We can also see a little Aston Martin Valkyrie in the hood shape.
Inside there are fine leathers in Forest Green along with carbon fiber and the half steering wheel from the Vulcan. We can also see anodized aluminum, polished titanium and solid walnut on the manual shift knob.
Dig into that gallery, this might be the only time you ever see this car.
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