ALL THE ROAD CARS 1960s-1970s

VANTAGE - - The Specialist Post Vintage - SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine Power Torque 0-60mph Top speed

3670cc, in-line 6 314bhp @ 6000rpm 278lb ft @ 5400rpm 6.1sec 154mph

By the mid-’80s the AM V8 and its Van­tage big brother were liv­ing on bor­rowed time, and, un­der the di­rec­tion of Vic­tor Gauntlett, Aston be­gan work on a re­place­ment. The Vi­rage was largely still based on the V8, but its new body (by John Hef­fer­nan and Ken Green­ley), an up­dated 32-valve fuel-in­jected V8 and other re­fine­ments were enough to give Aston new im­pe­tus. In 1992 came the Volante ver­sion, and also a Works-de­vel­oped 500bhp 6.3 mon­ster with widened body­work. Sales of all vari­ants reached 1050. Of­ten de­scribed as ‘Bri­tain’s first su­per­car’, the Van­tage of 1977 was based on the AMV8 but was now a model-line in its own right. With a 375bhp ver­sion of the 5.3-litre V8 (later 405bhp) and a top speed of 170mph, it was pitched head-to-head with the Fer­rari Boxer and Lam­borgh­ini Coun­tach for the ti­tle of world’s fastest car. Dis­tin­guished by its blanked-off grille and bon­net scoop, deep air dam and bootlid spoiler, it cer­tainly looked the part. By the time pro­duc­tion ended in 1989, 534 had been built, 192 of them Volantes.

5935cc, V12 460bhp @ 6500rpm 400lb ft @ 5000rpm 4.5sec 190mph

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 7312cc, V12 Power 750bhp @ 7600rpm Torque 553lb ft @ 6000rpm 0-60mph 3.6sec Top speed 220mph+

Aston’s an­swer to the Bu­gatti Vey­ron and Pa­gani Zonda hy­per­cars was the One-77, a no-ex­pense-spared, hand­built, all-car­bon­fi­bre rock­et­ship with the world’s most pow­er­ful nat­u­rally as­pi­rated en­gine (some have recorded an as­ton­ish­ing 772bhp) and an equally gob­s­mack­ing £1.15m price-tag. Strictly limited to 77 ex­am­ples, the last was de­liv­ered in Au­gust 2012, though Aston re­tains one for PR work. The few who have been lucky enough to ex­pe­ri­ence the One-77 de­scribe it as chal­leng­ing, re­ward­ing and ut­terly thrilling.

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