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Paul McCartney's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Up for Auction

Paul McCartney. The man, the myth, the legend. Oh, and he also had a one-off Aston Martin DB4 called the 1964 Aston Martin DB5. Donning a beautiful Sierra Blue paint job, black leather interior and musical note-styled patterns in the stitching, this car is stunning. It has the heart of a Tadek Marek's dual overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine with the SU carburetors which puts out 280hp. Since 1970 it has changed owners four times. It is now in the hands of a British collector who claimed ownership in 2002. The auction takes place October 31st and is courtesy of RM Auction London. Its estimated price is $485,000 - $615,000.


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Posted on: 10/26/2012 at 4:15 AM
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It's not too late to own the last new, $1.8-million Aston Martin One-77

It is not too late to purchase one of Aston Martin’s 77 supercars. In fact, you still have the chance to own the last Aston Martin One-77. According to Mark J. Tillman, Aston Martin manager at Aston Martin Tampa Bay, there is still one pre-built, new Aston Martin One-77 available for purchase. It is one of the five to eight cars slotted for the United States, and he does not expect it to last long. Being the last One-77 doesn’t make it number 77 of 77. As collector cars usually go, the first and last are always the ones that grow in value the most quickly, so those were the first to be snatched up when Aston Martin sold the build numbers individually.

Tillman was unable to release the build's exact number, colors, options, or price. But, with a base price of 1,150,000 British pounds, or, as of this writing, nearly $1,850,000, we imagine it could easily surpass $2 million.

Read more about the 2012 Aston Martin One-77.

2012 Aston Martin One-77

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Posted on: 2/8/2012 at 6:01 AM
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13 youths nabbed for racing $2-million worth of exotics

Thirteen youths racing a dream list of exotics cars on public roads outside of Vancouver, Canada, had their vehicles confiscated by police and were ticketed for Driving without Reasonable Consideration, a $196 fine. At approximately 3:30 in the afternoon on August 31, the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) received multiple calls about a convey of high-end vehicles driving at extremely high rates of speed. Witnesses reported that vehicles were traveling at speeds up to 124 mph and were slowing traffic to allow room to race.

The cars include an Aston Martin DB9, Ferrari 599, Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG, Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, three Lamborghini Gallardos, three Nissan GT-Rs, and two Maserati GranTurismos. The collection of cars has an estimated worth of more than $2-million dollars.

All the persons ticketed were under 21 years of age; six still had their N, or novice, license. The youths had their cars impounded for seven days as RCMP pursues further charges. The most significant charge under the Civil Forfeiture Act would allow the province to seize the vehicles and sell them as profit, but it is doubtful there is enough evidence. The ticket will cost $196 and the accompanying six penalty points trigger a $300 premium. The young adults are also responsible for the towing and storage costs, which are estimated at $350 each.

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Lamborghini and Mercedes SLS impounded by the RCMP

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Aston's V-12 Zagato to appear at Frankfurt

2012 Aston Martin V-12 Vagato

The new Aston Martin V-12 Zagato production car will be appearing at the Frankfurt Motor Show alongside the One-77 supercar and the recently launched Virage and V-8 Vantage S.

The car pictured is one of the two that will be on display. It features a classy green finish and a full aerodynamic package including front splitter, dive planes, rear diffuser, and large spoiler. The car, nicknamed "Zig" by the factory team, was outfitted to compete on Nurburgring.

Based on the V-12 Vantage and wearing handcrafted aluminum and carbon fiber body panels, the Aston Martin V-12 Zagato has been cleared for a limited production run beginning in the second half of 2012. Squeezing in between the flagship One-77 and the DBS, the V-12 Zagato will be priced at £330,000 or approximately $528,000. Limited to 150 units and being sold on a first-come first-served basis, the V-12 Zagato is the work of Italian coachbuilder Zagato and pays homage to the 1961 DB4GT Zagato.

2012 Aston Martin V-12 Vagato

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Posted on: 8/26/2011 at 3:51 AM
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Report: Exotic manufacturers' sales numbers

Toyota sold 327,804 Camrys in America in 2010, the most of any single car model. More than 250,000 Honda Civics and nearly 220,000 Ford Fusions were sold in the same period. The most prolific exotic cars pale in comparison with these numbers and this was a good year for many. In fact, most mainstream manufacturers sell more of a single model than any single exotic-car range. Exceptions are the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, which sold 919 units; Mazda RX-8 with 1,134 cars; Audi TT, which sold 1,531 vehicles; and Toyota Land Cruiser with 1,807 autos. Here is the list of the top exotic car manufacturers in terms of cars sold in America in 2010:

  1. Maserati (1,987)
  2. Ferrari (1,440)
  3. Bentley (1,430)
  4. Aston Martin (1,104)
  5. Lotus (660)
  6. Lamborghini (324)
  7. Rolls-Royce (312)
  8. Maybach (63)
Are the manufacturers faring better this year? Yes. As of May, the year-to-date sales figures are up from 2010 by 24% for Maserati, 22.4% for Ferrari, 16.3% for Bentley, 16.5% for Lamborghini, and 31.8% for Rolls-Royce. Maybach is the only one that is hurting with a drop of 34.5% to just 19 vehicles sold so far in 2011.

2012 Maserati GranTurismo Convertible Sport

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Flash floods in Singapore leave exotics submerged

Ferrari and Lambo in flood in Singapore

A flash flood in a major shopping district of Mount Elizabeth, Singapore, not only left the local mall engulfed in water but also an exotic-car collection worth millions of dollars submerged in a parking garage. The estimated value of the damage is especially high considering the cost of car ownership for Singaporeans. The cause behind the flooding is not known but this is not the first time the area has become flooded following heavy rainstorms.

[via The New Paper]

Rolls-Royce Ghost and BMWs in Singapore flood

Porsche 911 GT3 RS in Singapore flood

Aston Martin Vantage in Singapore flood

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Aston Martin's new web site brings Google errors

**Update** Aston Martin confirmed that it has rolled out a redesigned web site and that it is not quite complete yet.**Update**

Aston Martin Web Site Errors

Searching for information on a specific Aston Martin car in Google and clicking one of the high-ranking results may bring you to an error page. The Aston Martin web site is not down, but many people may think it is because of an error in its programming.

It is a simple enough mistake. Aston Martin must have recently redesigned its web site. During the redesign, it changed the name of one of its directories (in this case from “thecars” to “cars”).

Aston Martin Web Site Errors

But it forgot to redirect the old directory to the new directory.

Aston Martin Web Site Errors

The result: most of the search results pointing to the Aston Martin web site bring back 404 errors. Too bad. The new web site looks really good.

Aston Martin Web Site Errors

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Posted on: 5/12/2011 at 6:34 AM
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India gets luxury marques and plenty of sticker shock

Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, and Aston Martin have all recently announced that they will open new showrooms in two of India’s wealthiest and most populated cities. Unfortunately, at least for the rich people that reside there, the cost of luxury is much higher in India. Federal taxes on imported cars are more than 100 percent of the car’s retail price. Despite some sticker shock that could nauseate some wealthy Americans, India’s growing wealth equals a great opportunity for these luxury marques.

Lamborghini has held a stake in India since 2006, when Exclusive Motors started importing cars into the country, specifically into the city of Delhi. The dealership in Delhi will now compete against a new dealership in Mumbai from AutoHangar, which owns the principle Mercedes-Benz dealer in the same city. The two dealerships will contend for the 8–10 Aventadors that Lamborghini has reserved for the country. The new Lambo flagship will fetch approximately 40,000,000 Indian rupees, or a face-slapping $900,000.

Lamborghini Aventador

Unlike Lamborghini, this is Aston Martin’s first push into the country’s luxury marketplace. Aston Martin held a ceremony just days ago to celebrate plans for two new dealerships to be run by Infinity Group. The entire Aston Martin range except the Cygnet will be up for grabs through dealers in Mumbai and Delhi. Like the cars from Lamborghini, prices may shock some Americans. For example, the Aston Martin Vantage will fetch 13,500,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $305,000; the new four-door Rapide’s price will equate to nearly $500,000; and the rare One-77 will cost 200,000,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $4,520,000.

Like its competitors, Ferrari hopes to be selling news cars out of Delhi and Mumbai in the very near future. Unfortunately, its range will cost just as much: a California will cost 22,270,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $500,000; a 458 Italia will run 25,660,000 Indian rupees, or approximately $580,000, and the 599 GTB will require 33,710,000 Indian rupees, or nearly $760,000. The cars will be offered through the Shreyans group, which will also be working with Ferrari’s sister brand, Maserati, to bring the GranTurismo, Quattroporte, and GranCabrio to India this year.

India, like China, experienced massive GDP growth in 2008 and 2009 when other parts of the world went into decline. As a result, the number of high-net-wealth individuals—individuals with investable assets of $1 million or more, excluding primary residence, collectibles, consumables, and consumer durables—grew by nearly 51 percent.

[via Wall Street Journal, AutoCar India, Indian Cars Bikes, and World Wealth Report 2010]

Ferrari FF

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Aston Martin wants to sell you a phone that will start your car, help you in a crash

Aston Martin Concept Phone

Aston Martin has teamed up with Mobiado—a small over-priced and under-speced luxury phone manufacturer since 2004—to produce a line of cell phones that may one day incorporate technology to unlock or even start an owner’s car. In anticipation of the new line of phones, details on the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone have been released. The CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone consists of a solid sapphire crystal touchscreen, making the phone completely transparent when not in use. The electronics are stuffed into the platinum edges on either side of the phone. Battery and GSM signal strength bars have been integrated into the top design and force the Aston Martin logo front and center. Dots along the bottom— à la the iPhone—will tell you which screen you are currently on.

The concept is designed to work as an accessory for any of the newer Aston Martins. The phone unlocks the doors when approaching the car, shows you were you are parked thanks to its built-in navigation and GPS, and will use its accelerometer to gain insight into the driver's movement from within the car seat during a crash and send that information to the automobile for the more effective deployment of airbags and seatbelt stiffening.

Mobiado says there are no current plans to start selling the CPT002 Aston Martin Concept Phone.

[via Mobiado]

Aston Martin Concept Phone

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Posted on: 4/6/2011 at 4:04 AM
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McLaren and Tag Heuer team up for MP4-12C watch

A recent trend in high-end automobiles is to offer owners a watch as a sort of commemorative plaque or accessory to wear on their person. For instance, the AMVOX2 Transponder is merchandised by Aston Martin and Jaeger-LeCoultre and allows the owner of a DBS, DB9, or Rapide to unlock and lock their car with the press of the watch’s face. Spyker offers a whole collection of luxury wristwatches that are designed to match the design attributes off its cars' interiors. Like the automobiles they represent, some of the watches can be very expensive. For example, the Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport timepiece is priced at $259,000 and strives to represent the recently released Bugatti Veyron SS.

Aston Martin AMVOX2 DB9 Transponder

McLaren is jumping on this trend with the announcement that it has teamed up with Tag Heuer to offer the MP4-12C Chronograph, a limited-edition timepiece for the MP4-12C enthusiast. With a production limited to 1,000 units (the same number of cars McLaren hopes to produce its first year), the wristwatch will show up at participating McLaren dealerships in late 2011.

Tag Heuer MP4-12C Chronograph

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Posted on: 1/19/2011 at 6:11 AM
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