Calgary Herald

Aston Martin pays homage to its oldest surviving model

- JIL MCINTOSH Driving.ca

Aston Martin has unveiled a tribute to its history with the A3 Vantage Roadster, in homage to its oldest surviving model, now 100 years old and fully restored.

Only three copies of the A3 Vantage will be built, named for the original car that was the company's third chassis and later known by the A3 name. Built in 1921, it was one of five prototypes built before regular production began.

The company was founded in London by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, while “Aston” came from the hill climb where they tested and raced their cars.

According to the company, the A3 was driven exclusivel­y by Martin, and used a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that made 11 horsepower. It was often fitted with a streamline­d race body and set several speed records for light cars, hitting 84.5 miles per hour (136 km/h) at Brooklands in 1923.

The car was purchased at auction in 2002 and donated to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. It was then restored as closely to its original factory specificat­ions as possible.

The A3 Vantage Roadster includes a unique square-mesh grille, heritage badge, aluminum side panels with leather straps, and bronze brake calipers.

Orders are being accepted for the three copies of the car, but pricing has not been announced.

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ASTON MARTIN Only three copies of the A3 Vantage will be built

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