The Aston Martin One77 is my choice to represent the UK in the Seven Nations – Seven Cars exhibit presented at the Quail Gathering in Monterey.
I can’t entirely disagree with the viewpoint that the best years of post-War British were 1949-1965. There are many worthy Astons and Jags from that period — Triumphs MGs, and Healeys too. Perhaps it was my tour of the Aston and Jaguar Midlands factories in 2008, but I’m also buoyed by the a renaissance of the British sporting and luxury offerings since the DB7 / XK8 pair penned by Ian Callum in the mid-1990s. Of all the British cars since, its the One77 that stands out for me……a brutish styling interpretation of the flowing British lines of a front-engined V12 sports car / GT.
Aston Martin put those of us in the world of British car enthusiasts through a protracted roll-out of the One77. In 2008 it showed a maquette at the Paris show. In 2009 at Geneva, a non-running prototype, with production specifications released. At the 2009 Ville d’Este Concours a functioning car. A Monegasque customer received the first delivery in January 2011
The car was worth the wait. The structure is a carbon fibre monocoque from Canada’s Multimatic, clothed in Gaydon with an aluminum skin, the resulting vehicle weighing ~3600 pounds. Real world top speed 220 mph thanks to its normally aspirated 7.3 liter V12 of 750 hp, (Ferrari Enzo’s V-12 was 6.0L and produced 651-660 hp). Price of this Aston by the end of production was $2 million dollars. 77 examples built from 2009-2012, all pre-sold. Values are similar or higher in the resale market, as has been the trend in hyper-cars..
The Guatemala Verde marble used in this sculpture once polished is a very dark green, indeed almost black. The luster is fantastic. No inlays were contemplated, or felt necessary, beyond the Bardiglio marble wheels inside the Belge Noir Marble tires.
I picture it placed in a drawing room, with dark woods and dark leather……or in an office of a captain of industry.
The Aston Martin One77 is my choice to represent the UK in the Seven Nations – Seven Cars exhibit presented at the Quail Gathering in Monterey, Seven Nations.