The most powerful production car in the world at the time, no car of the 1990s could propel its occupants with such speed and in such opulent comfort as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550. The Aston Martin Vantage V550 was a unique car when new that formed its own place in the specialist car market, and little has changed in the impact they have today when seen in the metal.
The car, built from 1993 to 1999, carried the ‘V8 Vantage’ name but was a vastly improved and reworked Virage, with much better lines and a performance-focused chassis and drivetrain. Hence the ‘Vantage’ suffix, as it was a driver's car, through and through. Available as a six-speed manual, it was a very fast car. Officially, a 186mph top speed is promised, with 60mph coming up in 4.6 seconds from standstill.
A deep front spoiler channels air to the radiator, the air then exiting via bonnet louvres and the classic Aston Martin side vents. Hauling such an imposing car down from high speed was left to the 362mm-diameter ventilated front discs by AP Racing – at the time, the largest fitted to a road car. Inside, the cabin showcases the true craftsmanship of those who worked at Newport Pagnell at the time, with an all-leather interior that perfectly dressed the supportive seats for the driver and passengers.
On a dry road, the V550, one of Newport Pagnell’s very last hand-built cars is an intoxicating experience. Colossal power and torque mean that the big automobile is one of the best ultimate Grand Touring ever created. The combination of massive, low-profile tires and the twin-supercharged engine’s 550 bhp and 550 lb-ft of torque when conditions get slippery... it demands respect.
Jeremy Clarkson, who loved the sumptuous big-engined Brit, admitted: “The Vantage is not a car that you can jump into and drive quickly straight away – you’ve always got to remember the huge weight. Go into a corner too fast and it’s going to plow straight on.
“This is a Rolls-Royce…with attitude.”
The 1994 example we are pleased to offer, is one of only two in existence in Hong Kong. Finished in deep Antrim Blue with Magnolia hides was originally delivered in the UK in 1994. Imported by the current owner to Hong Kong in 2008. The car remained in single ownership for 11 years and showing just 24,000 miles. Service history is available for the past 10 years. This magnificent example of the twin Supercharged Vantage, is supplied with the original owners handbook and leather pouch. With fewer than 250 units made in total, this ensure you will own something very special.
These distinguished and commanding performance cars have firmly established themselves, not only as sought after classics but as the very last product of the coach built era of hand built cars. Designed, production engineered and constructed by Aston Martins artisans, craftsmen and engineers, at the now closed Newport Pagnell factory.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 24,000 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: Originally delivered in the UK in 1994. Imported by current owner to Hong Kong and registered in 2008. Showing "1 Hands" on Hong Kong VRD. Relatively Low Mileage and overall in good restored condition throughout with maintenance history since 2008. Original books, tools, sales brochures, UK records and Aston Martin Certificate present.
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The most powerful production car in the world at the time
Phenomenal performance with a 550 bhp twin-supercharged V8 engine and a 6-speed transmission
One of the last hand-built Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell and Fewer than 250 were ever built.
Fully restored condition and comes with Aston Martin Heritage Certificate