Nope, your eyes don't deceive you - these are definitely old Aston Martin Vantages. The cars that went out of production in 2017 and which ceased factory motorsport activity the year after. But, like a phoenix from the ashes, the Vantage has risen again, with three more - the Legacy Collection, no less - now having been made. After the V600, the AMR and the AMR Pro, this is it for the 2005 V8 Vantage. No, really, the final ones. The very last. Honest.
The collection is comprised of the three Vantage racers that have enjoyed great success over the past decade and a bit. So there's the GT4, first launched in 2009 and which has won in Britain, Europe and around the world (and put in the gravel when Matt raced it); the GT3 that secured British GT titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 and, of course, the GTE, which triumphed at Le Mans in 2017 after that dramatic final lap. There's certainly heritage in the old Vantage racers, then, the latter qualifying as the most successful car ever campaigned in the World Endurance Championship.
Furthermore, this Legacy Collection is made up very rare race cars. Even the GT4 car never made it far into triple-digit production numbers, this very final car being chassis 108. As for the GT3 car, the Collection Vantage will be number 47. Unsurprisingly, though, it's the GTE which is most special, Aston having only ever produced six chassis prior to this one. So yes, whoever buys the Vantage Legacy Collection will have GTE 007. Even the most hardened of cynics can't fail to see the appeal in that one.
As the pics make clear, all three Legacy Collection cars will be painted Aston's signature Stirling Green; moreover, they're being built very much ready to race, to exactly the spec in which all three would have competed. Whether they will ever see a paddock is another matter, of course, given that all three represent the final versions of some of Aston's best known (and best loved) race cars, but it's nice to know the effort has been made. On the other hand, when it's considered that a V12 GT3 sounds something like this, it might be harder to keep the cars locked away than first thought.
President of Aston Martin Racing, David King said: "For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing... The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car." And we'd certainly be in no hurry to argue, even if the timing looks a little curious. Price? You must be joking. Millions, no doubt, given the significance of all three as end-of-the-line racers. And to one lucky Aston obsessive, the kind of person who has bought a DBZ Zagato collection and a Goldfinger DB5, probably worth every single penny.
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