RE: Aston Martin One-77: Showpiece of the Week

RE: Aston Martin One-77: Showpiece of the Week

Monday 11th March

Aston Martin One-77: Showpiece of the Week

Geneva has shown Aston's intent to get back into the hypercar game; what better time, therefore, to celebrate the last one?



Even by Aston Martin's recent standards, this year's Geneva motor show press conference was something exceptional to witness. While still concepts, the signal of intent in revealing a 003 and a Vanquish (alongside a further evolved Valkyrie) is clear: Aston Martin is fervently committed to mid-engined supercars. Which is exciting progress, when you consider what it's achieved with front-engined sports cars. After all, who wouldn't be intrigued by the idea of a mid-engined supercar from Aston to take on the best that Ferrari and McLaren has to offer, developed by Matt Becker and signed off by Chris Goodwin? It all sounds like a brilliant idea.

This isn't the first time, however, that Aston has created something ludicrously powerful, extremely expensive and very limited - remember the One-77? Its production run of 77 makes the five hundred 003s slated for production look positively common, its 760hp output still looks absurd a decade later, and a price tag in excess of million pounds looked like more money than ever in the midst of a financial crisis. It may not be the first hypercar that springs to mind, yet it more than has the credentials to rank among them.


The One-77 is an intriguing example of how far the industry has moved in such little time, too. Because if Aston Martin had revealed a car in 1999 with a huge V12, automated manual gearbox, sumptuous interior and suave - if identifiable as an Aston - styling, then it would have been a surprise if not completely extraordinary. A decade later and it still fitted in with what the world expected; hypercars still had big, naturally aspirated engines, the automated manual remained in use and Aston just sort of did the front-engined GT thing to various levels. Very well, it must be said, but with precious little to differentiate them. Another 10 years later and the notion of a car with a 7.3-litre V12 sounds like folly, the gearbox has been gladly consigned to the history book and the carbon monocoque can now be found on £150k entry level supercars, not million-dollar specials. And Aston is launching a range of mid engined supercars. Progress really has been staggering.

But, of course, as has been discussed on numerous occasions now, there's a lot to be said for the old ways sometimes. Like the Astons recently revealed at Geneva, the One-77 - shown there exactly 10 years ago, in fact - had its engine developed by Cosworth, and who better to entrust with the job of creating a spellbinding V12? It made 760hp at 7,500rpm, the kind of figure to make your knees go weak in 2019. Nothing is there to enhance or manipulate that figure, either, just a huge chunk of engine working very, very fast indeed. Imagine how a V12 like that now feels, sounds and works. Of course the Valkyrie engine appears damn impressive, too, but that's a very different kettle of fish.


With that front-mid layout, carbon tub and pushrod suspension, the One-77 was a markedly more focused, angry and aggressive car than any of the series production Astons, while still retaining that opulence associated with the brand - look at that interior, for example. It was a genuine 220mph car, too, the kind of speed that really puts you among the upper echelons of supercar top trump naughtiness. Reviews spoke of an intensity and ferocity unbeknown to most Astons, the immediacy of that engine and really alert, agile chassis.

With only 77 ever made (in case you hadn't already guessed) and that incredible asking price, there surely aren't going to be One-77s just a few years later in anything less than perfect condition, apart from the one apparently shunted in Hong Kong. This car, for sale at Nicholas Mee for £2m, has covered just 3,000km since 2011, was brought over here in 2013, and is presented in a subdued spec. It's hard to imagine a One-77 ever wanting for drama, but arguably this silver with black has aged better than the white the car is often seen in. It looks bloody fabulous, actually, those familiar early 21st century Aston traits pumped up, filled out and injected with some real concept car punch. It'll never quite have the visual pull of something mid-engined, but there's no doubting the specialness.


Furthermore, the One-77 is a car of such calibre and significance that it'll surely only remain tremendously desirable. The tiny amount of cars, that incredible engine and the sense of purpose must mean that a few memorable miles could be added to this without harming future values. And think of it this way: a Ferrari Enzo also has a glorious V12, an automated manual gearbox that will now feel a bit old hat and a price tag in the region of £2m, yet is five times more common. The £2m Aston that almost represents good value? Heard it here first.

In all seriousness though, as Aston moves to a mid-engined, hybridised, F1-influenced future, don't be surprised to see these more traditional - all things being relative - limited edition flagships become ever more in demand. The charm of a huge V12 has sustained for decades, and isn't like to go away anytime soon. Bring that together with 21st century dynamic technology, the allure of the Aston badge and the sensational way the One-77 looks, and it isn't hard to see this pretty quickly finding a very contented customer. Spring is almost here, after all...

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mrclav

Original Poster:

748 posts

162 months

Monday 11th March
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Fabulous looking and sounding thing, love it!

LaurasOtherHalf

14,502 posts

135 months

Monday 11th March
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Yep, once you've heard one of these at full bore nothing much else compares.

easytiger123

1,625 posts

148 months

Monday 11th March
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Never driven one, never been in one, never even seen one in the metal...but I want one!

swisstoni

7,459 posts

218 months

Monday 11th March
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A lot from this car has fed into subsequent AMs so it's impact may seem lessened nowadays.
But when there had been nothing but the DB9 and Vantage for what seemed like decades, this thing came out and looked amazing. And still does to me.

ZOLLAR

19,629 posts

112 months

Monday 11th March
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10 years ago!

Still looks great.
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Krikkit

14,472 posts

120 months

Monday 11th March
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What a machine, simply gorgeous.

I think it flew under the radar a little at the time because they didn't let many press outfits drive them.

theholygrail

221 posts

107 months

Monday 11th March
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Saw one of these close up at Beaulieu last year. Simply stunning. Parked very close to the new BMW 8 series. The contrast in looks was hilarious. I realise of course the huge price difference, but still.

thegreenhell

5,188 posts

158 months

Monday 11th March
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If I was wealthy enough I would already own one, and I would have taken it to Works for them to fit a round steering wheel.

V12Manual

241 posts

65 months

Monday 11th March
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rumour has it that there are actually less than 77...

DooM_II

81 posts

71 months

Monday 11th March
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Silver doesn't do it any justice

bern

330 posts

159 months

Monday 11th March
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There's a great Harry Metcalfe video on YouTube.

firebird350

269 posts

119 months

Monday 11th March
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Kind of wish they'd used this Aston in the film Spectre rather than the DB10 'special'. That more classic Aston front end of the One-77 is so much more photogenic that it would have given Aston a greater onscreen movie presence, I feel. I also like that slight Zagato hint in its looks.

saxy

150 posts

63 months

Tuesday 12th March
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Looking at the last picture, so there is no boot?

vonhosen

35,251 posts

156 months

Tuesday 12th March
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saxy said:
Looking at the last picture, so there is no boot?
Only that little flap forward of the rear struts.

swisstoni

7,459 posts

218 months

Tuesday 12th March
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That’s for your wallet.

British Beef

1,156 posts

104 months

Tuesday 12th March
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I saw one of these parked up next to a Bugatti Veyron a few years back, and it is the only car I have seen that actually makes the Veyron look rather dull and staid.

They sound brutal, cloest thing to a race V12 I think ive heard on the road.

A One-77 modified with a manual gearbox, would be my treat to myself if I become a billionaire one day.........

gumball3K

58 posts

137 months

Wednesday 13th March
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Arguably one of the best looking and most powerful Aston ever. This should be a Bond car!

Pericoloso

38,154 posts

102 months

Wednesday 13th March
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I got a good look around a One 77 when HWM had one for sale couple of years ago,a quite remarkable engineering masterpiece was my conclusion.
Never heard one running though.