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Lot 607: 2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coup�

Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles, Bonhams (3 December 2007)

�The V8 Vantage is a hand-crafted sports car that offers electrifying performance and outstanding agility. The most affordable of all Aston Martins, it fuses traditional Aston Martin style and everyday usability. The result is the world�s most desirable sports car.� � Aston Martin.
Aston Martin�s V8 Vantage Coup� was launched at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. Although it resurrects a famous model designation from the Company�s past, the current Vantage is all-new, featuring a 4.3-litre quad-cam V8 engine with dry-sump lubrication. The latter enables the engine to be mounted low in the bonded aluminium body/chassis for better handling, while the use of a rear transaxle has resulted in near-perfect 49/51 front/rear weight distribution. With 380bhp on tap, the V8 Vantage accelerates from 0-62mph (100km/h) in 5.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 175mph.
Exquisitely designed and detailed while possessing class-leading agility and performance, the Vantage is nevertheless a practical two-seater with a large tailgate providing access to the 300-litre rear luggage compartment. The Vantage benefits from numerous passive and active safety systems including dual stage front and side airbags, ABS, 3-stage crash structure, DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), Traction Control, EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distributor), EBA (Electronic Brake Assist) and PTC (Positive Torque Control). The current list price starts at �83,000.
Sold by Aston Martin to raise funds for road safety initiatives by UNICEF China, the V8 Vantage Coup� offered here is the first car to cover the entire length of the newly completed Asia-Pacific Highway, which stretches 10,000 miles from Tokyo to London. Driven by two intrepid Britons, Richard Meredith and Phil Colley, the V8 Vantage � prepared and loaned to them by Aston Martin � completed the epic journey on 14th August 2007, having travelled for 49 days through 18 countries, raising awareness and much-needed funds for children�s road safety campaigns in the developing world. Having featured in �Project 30,000� in 2006, when 30 employees drove 30,000 miles in 30 days to celebrate Aston Martin�s 30,000th production vehicle, the V8 Vantage had already accumulated 100,000 miles before embarking on this marathon expedition.
Prepared at Aston Martin�s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire with minor modifications such as strengthened sump guard and raised suspension to deal with the often gruelling conditions, this otherwise standard car completed the task without missing a beat, proving a model of reliability and performing faultlessly throughout the trip. There surely has been no sterner test of a modern production sports car.
Richard Meredith and Phil Colley overcame oppressive heat, frustrating bureaucracy, inhospitable terrain and petrol supply problems to arrive in Trafalgar Square, London on 14th August exactly as planned. They undertook the challenge, which was titled �Driving Home Road Safety 2007�, with the support of the United Nations, UNICEF and the FIA Foundation. We are advised that a claim for this historic trip has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records, and it is hoped that this will have been accepted by time of sale.
�KR05 YWU� has covered some 115,000-or-so miles from new and is offered with Swansea V5C registration document. The car is sold without reserve and all sale proceeds will be donated to UNICEF China to be used for road safety initiatives. We understand that a limited-edition print run of Messrs Meredith and Colley�s travelogue is in preparation, a personally signed copy of which will be presented to the fortunate purchaser.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Motorcycles
Bonhams, Olympia, London,
TypeCar
Lot Number607
Estimate£50000-£60000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£34000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£38900
Year2005
Condition rating0
Registration numberKR05 YWU
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFBB03B96GC00041
Engine numberAM05/00185
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
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