RE: Unique Aston Martin Vantage GT12 for sale

RE: Unique Aston Martin Vantage GT12 for sale

Friday 23rd September

Unique Aston Martin Vantage GT12 for sale

The V12 Vantage S was already fantastic; then it got 600hp and a track overhaul...


Some of the best cars out there are what could loosely be called the road racers. Those GPs, GRMNs, GT3s, Editions and CSLs that retain the usability of base models but ramp up the attitude with some choice upgrades. They won’t quite thrill like dedicated race cars, but they will make every mile on road or track that bit more memorable. Handy given the premium typically attached to them. 

The Vantage GT12 was a great example of the road racer creed. Aston customers wanted brand representation after seeing so many Superleggeras, Scuderias and GT3s on their exclusive track days; with a successful V12 racer to celebrate as well, a Vantage GT3 made total sense. More power, less weight, motorsport-inspired aero and a very limited production run - job jobbed. Once the ‘GT3’ name had been swapped for ‘GT12’ after Porsche complained, of course. 

Consequently, that description undersells what was achieved for the ultimate Vantage. Engine modifications to boost power from 573hp to 600hp included magnesium inlet manifolds and a titanium exhaust, for example; the Aerodynamics Pack was so aggressive it took 20mph off the top speed, with a huge carbon splitter and diffuser; the weight loss was severe enough to include manually adjustable bucket seats. In an Aston! Buyers could even opt for magnesium wheels, a carbon roof and polycarbonate windows, as a sign of intent. Up to 100kg could be taken out of the Vantage, down to 1,565kg, and 62mph came up in just 3.7 seconds.  

Applying those upgrades to a car already as good as the V12 Vantage S made for an incredible track-focused Aston. “A terrific driver’s car”, read one review. “It’s raucous and loud when you want it to be yet acceptable company when you don’t.” The perfect road racer compromise, basically, even with the Speedshift automated manual letting the side down a bit. “A wonderful, characterful machine, brimming with sense of occasion” raved another first drive. All one hundred GT12s found customers pretty quick, even at £250k before options. It was deemed such a good idea that the GT12 was soon followed up by a GT8 equivalent. With time being called on that era of V8 and V12 Vantage soon after, both GTs are already fondly remembered as modern classic Astons. Even if not everyone bought into the cosmetic overhaul. 

This GT12 is a very, very special one. Interestingly, just 28 cars of the 100-unit production run were allocated for the UK, which already makes this rare. But it’s also Alloro Green, said to be the only UK, right-hand drive car in the colour. With yellow accents this GT12 plays nicely to Aston’s motorsport history, and having only accrued 2,000 miles in seven years it presents flawlessly as well. Given some of the specs configured for both GT8 and GT12 (remember white with orange? Black and red? Green with more green?) this feels like one of the more successful.  

With one Aston enthusiast owner from new, the GT12 has clearly been loved, kept in climate-controlled storage and serviced by either a main dealer or the specialist now selling it. The asking price now is £329,950; given it was ordered new with £50k of options (taking the GT12 to £300k back in 2015) that doesn’t seem a crazy premium for such a rare Aston Martin. If still, quite clearly, a heck of a lot of money - a very nice, low mileage, ‘regular’ V12 S could be less than a third as much. But that won’t have the GT cachet, the rarity, or quite such a spectacular appearance. You only need look at the enduring popularity (and values) of the road racers to see why the limited-edition circuit special remains such a big deal. Bring on a GT12 with the twin-turbo engine… 


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LaceMarketLouis

Original Poster:

1,619 posts

165 months

In a heartbeat

Iamnotkloot

874 posts

128 months

Looks mighty fine, doesn't it

David87

6,249 posts

193 months

Whatevs, old man. I'd smoke this from the lights in my new Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance.

Edited by David87 on Friday 23 September 13:36

wpa1975

4,305 posts

95 months

LaceMarketLouis said:
In a heartbeat
Yep, proper Aston

Andyt25

1,173 posts

229 months

Yep, silly money but I don’t care. Yes there are faster cars but that is missing the point. What an event the GT12 is and it is the only car I would want to own and never sell.

chris116

932 posts

149 months

Only seen one of these once out in the wild, sounded very fruity on what was probably only part throttle when it came past.

Speedraser

1,577 posts

164 months

David87 said:
Whatevs, old man. I'd smoke this from the lights in my new Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance.

Edited by David87 on Friday 23 September 13:36
And the Aston Martin GT12 driver would so completely not care.

GTRene

13,611 posts

205 months

whats not to like, lots of want in this.

sadly the ad link does not work (anymore?)

Kipsrs

228 posts

30 months

Nice, but this sort of car always reminds me of captain slow and his road trip! I’m sure it wouldn’t be quite that awful to drive long distance. . wink

A.R

10 posts

7 months

David87 said:
Whatevs, old man. I'd smoke this from the lights in my new Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance.

Edited by David87 on Friday 23 September 13:36
A C63 will never be an aston martin even if you get there quicker, an old man would drive a C63 rather than a V12 vantage!.

OLDBENZ

329 posts

117 months

Can the car really be used on the road with that front spoiler and side skirts?

Wab1974uk

336 posts

8 months

Daft price, but what isn't these days?

It's a no from me though. As a road car, I'd prefer the standard V12 vantage with a manual gearbox.

As a track car, there are better options.

Plus driving that on the road, I'd feel a bit of a Div.

KaraK

12,706 posts

190 months

GTRene said:
whats not to like, lots of want in this.

sadly the ad link does not work (anymore?)
Think they've started on the Friday night shandy a bit early at PH towers, try this:

https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/13616787


GreatScott2016

357 posts

69 months

Wab1974uk said:
Daft price, but what isn't these days?

It's a no from me though. As a road car, I'd prefer the standard V12 vantage with a manual gearbox.

As a track car, there are better options.

Plus driving that on the road, I'd feel a bit of a Div.
Spot on biggrin



Mark_Blanchard

452 posts

236 months

When Aston Martins looked good. That car is 10/10.

Cold

13,355 posts

71 months

Mark_Blanchard said:
When Aston Martins looked good. That car is 10/10.
Lose the wing, the silly scoops and spoilers. Get rid of the daft paint blobs. Cover the interior carbon fibre in Alcantara or leather and it might look good.

Pusikurac

51 posts

21 months

David87 said:
Whatevs, old man. I'd smoke this from the lights in my new Mercedes-AMG C63 S E Performance.

Edited by David87 on Friday 23 September 13:36
And then some punk with a Tesla would smoke you, you Wouldn’t know where it went. What is your point?

GTRene

13,611 posts

205 months

KaraK said:
GTRene said:
whats not to like, lots of want in this.

sadly the ad link does not work (anymore?)
Think they've started on the Friday night shandy a bit early at PH towers, try this:

https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/13616787
yep thanks, that one works thumbup

what a car, ok, I would leave the big rear spoiler in bubble wrap in my attic for if I ever (would i?) sell it as complete, but the rest looks like a masterpiece, yes 330+k is a lot, bt I would not be surpriced if this example will go for around 550k in a few years when keeping it this clean and the mileage a bit low, but please drive it a bit :-)

David87

6,249 posts

193 months

Pusikurac said:
And then some punk with a Tesla would smoke you, you Wouldn’t know where it went. What is your point?
I wasn’t being at all serious. Just riding on the wave of the outrage around the new C63. hehe

Of course, this GT12 is a thing of beauty and its (not inconsiderable!) performance matters very little. Would want a manual gearbox though.

GTRene

13,611 posts

205 months

David87 said:
Would want a manual gearbox though.
ah yes, forgot about that, would want that as well.