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1996 Supercharged Aston Martin Vantage

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Description

Only the second model to be given the name Vantage in its own right rather than being an upgrade of an existing model, the Aston Martin Vantage had a production run from April 1995 to June 1999.

First impressions show the Virage influence but careful examination reveals many differences. The only Virage panels are the door and roof skins. From the front there were more obvious differences – two groups of three headlamps, each behind a single heated lens while the upper grille had an egg box appearance. The lower grille opening was larger and set within a large air dam. The bonnet opening panel did not reach the front edge and had two openings at the rear edge protected by a mesh. Huge 18 inch wheels fill the wheel arches just to the rear of which, on the front wings, are small openings. The silhouette of the car was lower than the Virage and the rear lamps rounded.

Performance was the focus of the Aston Martin Vantage – when the bonnet is opened, the space either side of the 5.3 engine is dominated by two huge Eaton, Roots type, superchargers. Each driven by a wide belt the compressed air they produced received fuel via a Bosch sequential injection system and was fired by a distributorless electronic ignition system. All controlled by a Ford produced EEC lV management unit, this potent combination fired the engine power from the standard 330bhp to a phenomenal 550bhp.

In performance terms, this produced acceleration of 0 – 60 mph in 4.6 seconds while it took just 10 seconds for 100 mph – Jeremy Clarkson in a contemporary road test termed the Aston Martin Vantage “the most wonderful car in the world”. The quoted top speed of the car is an even 300 kilometres per hour – that is 186 miles per hour!

But performance did not mean Aston Martin expected their customers to sacrifice luxury. Ten Connolly hides were needed for each luxurious interior and Burr Walnut was used for the facia panel, centre console and door cappings, and Wilton carpet for the floor covering. There were a minimum of twelve separate coats of paint applied to each body. Each engine carries the name of the individual craftsman who was personally responsible for its build and extended dynamometer test. There is power assistance for the adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats. A sophisticated climate control system is provided together with a stereo, radio, cassette and CD player. For the final touch of luxury, cruise control was fitted for long distance touring.

In Summary

At a time when the definition of a Supercar was something Italian that was impossible to see out of and carried only two in consummate discomfort, Aston Martin produced the Vantage Supercharged – Supercar performance from the 550 bhp twin supercharged engine but with comfortable seats for four.

This is an outstanding example with a good service / ownership history and in a very appealing colour. A great example of a true Supercar for any enthusiast or any collection.

Vehicle History

This beautiful car was originally supplied to John Barman of Scarborough in June 1996 by Aston Martin specialists, JCT600 of Bradford. Regularly serviced according to recommendation throughout his ownership, the car was re-sold by JCT600 to its new owner, Richard Segar of Newquay in Cornwall in May of 2003.

Servicing duties were shared over the next few years by Grange of Exeter, the Clock Garage in Newquay and Aston Martin Works Service and after three years of ownership, the car move to a new keeper, David Shrigley of St Austell in June 2006 which coincided with Aston Martin Works Service carrying out a thorough overhaul of the car.

During David Shrigley’s stewardship, the car was identified by a personal number, 56 BAD but reverted to its original number on sale to a new owner in May 2008. The new owner, Jonathan Hart of Bath only kept the car for 6 months before the car returned North to Lancaster for its last registered keeper.

The current owner had seen the original brochure for the Vantage where the car was presented in Rothesay Red Metallic and was disappointed to learn that Aston Martin only produced 3 cars in that colour so last year, a bare metal repaint of the car was ordered to replicate that original colour choice.

Throughout the car’s life, it has been subject to a rigorous service regime and this is reflected in the way it presents itself today. Resplendent in its Rothesay Red Metallic livery with Magnolia hide interior piped Dark red, it looks as impressive as it drives and it is a beauty that is clearly more than skin deep.

About Classic Astons

From two Midlands based sites, Classic Astons are ideally situated to provide a localised Midlands service to both buyers and sellers alike.

All our Astons have been through our extensive inspection programme. These cars will provide years of pleasure and in years to come will be sure to represent a sound investment.

We undertake commission sales too, with an honest straightforward approach, for those who require a speedier sale we offer equity-release facilities guaranteeing a positive result in the minimum amount of time.