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George Harrison’s DB5 grabs $549,553 at auction

1965 Aston Martin DB5

Last Wednesday at an auction in London, a superb Aston Martin DB5 from 1965 that belonged to George Harrison managed to fetch $549,553. The car was won by an unidentified Beatles fan from Houston, Texas. The organizers of the auction mentioned that the vehicle went for approximately $235,000 over its estimate.

The Aston Martin DB5 in question is wearing a platinum silver finish and has an elegant black Connolly leather interior along with chrome wire wheels. According to the auction house, the car was built in late 1964 and it has been driven for only 22,000 miles, and it hasn’t shown any signs of “major mechanical maladies.”

Mercedes-Benz 540K

At the same auction, a rare Mercedes-Benz 540K that once belonged to F1’s boss Bernie Ecclestone was sold for a whopping $1.3 million.

Source: Inside Line

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Aston Martin begins testing the V12 Vantage GT3

Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3

The British automaker Aston Martin has started the testing for the V12 Vantage GT3 this week in United Kingdom at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent. The car already covered more than 1,000 km and it was driven mostly by factory driver Turner. 2012 is going to be a development year for the car as homologation from FIA is still one year away.

Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3

The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 is powered by a V12 6.0-liter engine that has been tuned in order to output 600 hp (608 PS / 442 kW) and a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm). This engine is mated to a 6-speed Xtrac sequential gearbox. The car is scheduled to replace the current DBRS9 racer and will be eligible to participate in various races like FIA GT3, ADAC Masters, British GT, Blancpain Endurance Series, Open GT, Nurburgring VLN and Belcar.

The prices for the car begin at 341,000 Euros (298,000 pounds).

Source: Aston Martin via WCF

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Live crash with the Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

This would have to be the first video where we see a live crash of an Aston Martin Rapide. The accident happened on a highway somewhere in United Kingdom and one of the reasons for this unfortunate accident was because the driver disabled the car’s traction control. He did this because he thought it was the sport button.

While he was getting out of the highway, the car understeered severely and the driver was not able to control the car anymore. The beautiful Aston Martin Rapide ended up in the side barrier and it was heavily damaged. The good news is that the driver and the passenger escaped without any injuries.

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Aston Martin Cygnet arrives in Japan and Hong Kong

Aston Martin Cygnet

The British automaker Aston Martin has unveiled the very controversial Cygnet model in Japan and Hong Kong. As most of you know this by know, this is nothing more than a premium version of the Toyota / Scion iQ. Anyway, deliveries are expected to commence in Q1 2012 at a price of $77,600 ($603,578 HKD) in Hong Kong and in Japan from $62,000 (4,750,000 YEN).

Aston Martin Cygnet

Just like the one available in Europe, the Aston Martin Cygnet can be ordered in one of the two versions – the Launch Edition White and Black of which they’ll make 50 units. The first one comes with a Snow White paint with a mix of silver mesh, diamond-turned alloys and a chrome trim. Inside the cabin it has hand-trimmed seats in Pearl white leather with perforated Alcantara inserts and satin chrome.

Aston Martin Cygnet

As for the Black version, this will be wearing a Magic Black metallic paint that has a specifically developed deep sea green effect which is offset by the chrome trim and the matt black louvers. The interior cabin gets a dashboard and seat finished in pure black full grain leather, along with a bunch of satin chrome accents.

Aston Martin Cygnet

Both versions of the Aston Martin Cygnet are sold with a Bill Amberg 5-piece luggage set that was created especially for this car.

Source: Aston Martin via Carscoop

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[Study] BMW, Aston Martin, Audi – the first places in some charts

For the past few weeks, results of different type of analysis were released. Some were about the cars / brands in top consumer preferences in different areas around the world or, why not, actually in the entire world. Consequently, we’ve decided to present them in the same article. So, here we have:

BMW – world’s best-selling premium automaker through September: sales increased by 9.3 percent in September 2011. On the next two places: Audi and Mercedes-Benz. You can find out details here.

Aston Martin – the coolest automotive brand in Britain: for the fifth time in six years. The criteria included: “style, innovation, authenticity, originality and desirability”. More info about that, here.

Audi – the most social luxury brand in China: if we take into account the fact that China became the world’s second largest luxury goods market in 2010, a study about how top luxury brands in China are performing in social media was normal to be initiated. The winner: Audi. Details are here.

What do you think about the results?

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Cars We Hate Part 12 – Aston Martin Lagonda Wagon

Aston Martin Lagonda Wagon

There is nothing wrong with the resolution of your monitor and no, we haven’t flattened these photos at all. What you see it’s the real deal, the wagon version of the Aston Martin Lagonda. Its 4-door sedan sibling was targeted as a luxury car and the British automaker rolled out 645 units between the years 1974 and 1990.

Aston Martin Lagonda Wagon

Not only is it one of the ugliest cars in the word, but the sedan version was a catastrophe as far as the mechanics are concerned. AM decided to develop this car with state-of-the-art, computer-driven electronics as well as cathode-ray displays, which all sound very cool, but they didn’t work at all. It has been included in Times’ “The 50 Worst Cars of All Time” top.

Aston Martin Lagonda Wagon

Looks aside, the car was powered by a V8 5.3-liter engine that developed 280 hp (284 PS / 209 kW) and a peak torque of 301 lb.-ft (408 Nm), enough for a 0-62 mph sprint in 6.2 seconds and a respectable top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).

You probably already know that Aston Martin is currently working on bringing back to life the Lagonda name. Let’s just hope that this time they’ll do a better job. The first car which will probably be out in two or three years will be a luxurious SUV. We’re very curious to see what they’ve have been up to since 2009 when they’ve unveiled a rather attractive concept at the Geneva Motor Show.

We’ll keep you posted.

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Aston Martin Announces DBS Carbon Edition

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

The British automaker Aston Martin has announced its plans to bring to this week’s Frankfurt Motor Show the DBS Carbon Edition. The bespoke model will be available in three colors: Ceramic Grey, Flame Orange and Carbon Black. Other than that, it will be available with carbon fiber accents, a black front grille, along with gorgeous 10-spoke diamond-turned rims.

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Inside the cabin, AM’s designers have added exquisite semi-aniline leather seats, a carbon fiber trim, a quilted headliner and special sill plates.

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Set to go on sale at the beginning of 2012, the base price for the coupe is going to be $287,576 while the Volante will set you back at least $302,576.

Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition

Source: Aston Martin

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Grand 350 Aston Martin Phone and Luxury is its Nickname

If you ever wanted to match your phone with your Aston Martin car, now you have the chance, as a luxury phone designer, called Mobiado, has created and send to production the Grand 350 Aston Martin, a sophisticated good-looking upscale phone.

It’s made of CNC-machined aluminum case, featuring a 2.36-inch 271-carat sapphire crystal screen with 16 million colors, while the infrared window is made from a solid piece of ruby crystal. Impressive, isn’t it? To all these you should add the buttons, a combination of sapphire crystal and stainless steel, and luxury becomes the nickname of this phone. But let’s not forget about its mobile functionality, Bluetooth, micro USB connector, GPS, WLAN connectivity and many other options, that make it a must have for Aston Martin’s passionate .

The colors? Black, black satin, and silver. We suppose you will have no problem with the limited color range, as we are sure you would easily find a solution to match it with your car (or with your lady), without causing damages to your fashion style.

So, what do you think about this phone?

[Source: Autoblog]

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Road-going Aston Martin V12 Zagato Revealed

2012 Aston Martin V12 Zagato Road Version


Aston Martin has decided to reveal this week the road version of the V12 Zagato, which is scheduled to go into production in mid-2012. Based on the V12 Vantage, this hand-built supercar will feature a body made out of aluminum and carbon fiber. Under the hood it will have a 6-liter engine that churns 510 hp and has a peak torque of 420 lb.-ft.

The car was developed after 50 years since the introduction of the exquisite DB4GT Zagato and was first seen in May during the Villa D’Este Concours in Italy. It managed to grab the award for best design and the best prototype.

Two Aston Martin V12 Zagato prototypes were used at Nurburgring, including here during the demanding 24-hour event which was held back in June. These two cars are set to make an appearance in September during the Frankfurt Motor Show, along with other AM cars like the Virage, Virage S and the One-77.

The British car manufacturer said that they are going to make only 150 units of the road-version V12 Zagato and the base price for the model, not including VAT, will be of 330,000 pounds.

Source: Aston Martin via Autocar

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Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, Specs Confirmed

Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3


The British car manufacturer Aston Martin has confirmed this week the specifications of the V12 Vantage GT3. The heart of this car will be a huge V12 6.0-liter engine that produces 600 hp (608 PS / 442 kW) and has a peak torque of 516 lb.-ft (700 Nm).

Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3


The power unit will be positioned lower in order to improve the car’s weight distribution. In addition, it will have a shorter wheelbase which should improve performance and handling. As standard, the car comes with Traction Control and race-ready ABS systems.

Aston Martin Racing V12 Vantage GT3


The Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 will participate in numerous events, starting with the FIA GT3, Nurburgring VLN, ADAC Masters, along with the British GT, Blancpain Endurance Series, Open GT and Belcar.

AM will start testing the car in October and the first deliveries are due in early 2012.

The base price for this beast is 341,000 Euro (298,000 pounds).

Source: Aston Martin Racing via WCF

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato Goes Into Limited Production

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

While there were some rumors that the Aston Martin V12 Zagato will go into limited production, there were no certainties. Now, we have official news from the British automaker that this exclusive car will be seen on the streets. Only 150 units will be made and all will have a whopping price tag of 330.000 pounds, without the local taxes.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The car is going to be assembled at AM’s headquarters located in Gaydon and the first cars will be delivered in the second part of next year. The British company is already taking orders so if you have the money, grab one while you still can as they’re selling it on a first come, first serve basis.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The design work for this very desirable car began last year and the initial engineering started in the first month of this year. A couple of months later, the supercar attended the Villa D’Este Concours and grabbed the award in the Concepts and Prototypes class. Just a week later, it managed to finish the very demanding Nurburgring 24 hour race.

Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The Aston Martin V12 Zagato has a bonded aluminum and carbon fiber chassis and features a massive V12 6.0-liter engine that generates 510 hp (517 PS / 380 kW) and has a peak torque of 420 lb.-ft (570 Nm).

Source: Aston Martin via WCF

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Aston Martin Confirms 2-3 Lagonda Models

From a recent interview given to Car Magazine by Aston Martin’s CEO Ulrich Bez, we learn that the British automaker is working on “two or three” new Lagonda models: a sporty crossover, a high-end luxury sedan and an Allroad-type crossover.

He added that the Lagonda brand cannot survive “as a one-model brand” and for this reason they’ll launch several cars. The sporty crossover will ride on 21-inch wheels and will feature a low-riding chassis, while the Audi Allroad-type model will be aimed at the odd Range Rover customers. As far as the luxury sedan is concerned, it will combine the traditional luxury of the brand along with a sophisticated drivetrain and advanced packaging. We shouldn’t be surprised if the model will be powered by a hybrid powertrain coming from Mercedes-Benz.

Source: carmagazine.co.uk

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Aston Martin Zagato Unleashed

Aston Martin Zagato

The British automaker Aston Martin along with the Italian design house Zagato have finally unveiled their V12 Zagato, based on the 12 Vantage. It was created in order to celebrate 50th years since the exquisite DB4GT Zagato. This 2-seat coupe benefits from a handcrafted aluminum body, a bespoke steel roll cage and a bonded aluminum structure. It also features a very nice double-bubble roof.

Aston Martin Zagato

To be honest, the back of the car doesn’t look so good, especially with those taillights that look just about the same as the ones on the Ferrari California. Other than that, it looks very beautiful, as it should if we take into consideration that the Vantage is one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

Aston Martin Zagato

Anyway, the car is powered by a massive V12 6.0-liter mid-front mounted engine that generates 510 hp (517 PS / 380 kW) and 420 lb.-ft (570 Nm) of torque. This power unit is mated to a 6-speed automated manual gearbox that was mounted in the rear, where it sends all of the power.

Aston Martin Zagato

The car will make its official debut tomorrow at the Villa D’Este Concous. On May 28th, it will participate in the 4-hour VLN race at the famous Nurburgring track. Next month it will make an appearance at the 24 hour Nurburgring endurance race.

Aston Martin Zagato

Source: Aston Martin via WCF

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Aston Martin Opens First Dealership In India

To get as much piece of the action as possible, British car manufacturer Aston Martin has opened its first dealership in India, in the city of Mumbai. As most of you know, in India there is a significant increase in the demand of luxury cars. Last year, the car market posted sales of 1.87 million units, which is 25% more than in 2009. More important for Aston Martin, the luxury car segment went up by an impressive 70% in 2010.
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The Aston Martin Experience by Using iPhone App

High-tech and mobile applications are increasingly widely used in the automotive industry, but this is part of its development, we say. What’s surprisingly pleasing to see is that even the exclusive sports cars and with a rich heritage around the world are doing the same thing, trying to stay tuned with all the evolution from the industry.

One of those cases is the cool Aston Martin brand, which has always tried to combine the latest technology with graceful styling and acclaimed performance. This time, their up to date improvement is the Aston Martin App, a way of creating and remaining loyal to its ethos and driving experience.

In the city or at home, the app is ready to use. This is what it does:
- ignition – the Aston Martin App offers the possibility to start-up by using an exhaust note.
- accelerator – you can use the phone as an accelerator, which is kind of awesome. V8 & V12 Vantage, DB9, DBS, Rapide and even One-77 are the featured models from the app.
- top roads – if you want to find the best driving roads or some information about checkpoints to share experience, you just have to use the app.
- speedometer – the app gives you access to speedometer race upwards via GPS and hear the sound of the Aston Martin model chosen by you. The results are shown with a faithful reproduction of the Aston Martin in car dial , with speeds in mph and km/h. Actually, we are talking about a digital version of the car.
- the guide of a city – it features information about 40 of the world’s coolest cities and the full London, including restaurants, bars or hotels.
- telemetry – the Aston Martin App displays the G Force from the vehicle with a 0-60 timer and sharing functions.
- camera on board – due to the app, the iPhone can be used as an onboard camera too, augmenting an overlay of key driving data into the driver’s view.

If this sounded interesting to you, you can get the Aston Martin Explore App on the App Store.
So, what do you think: is this mobile app a “wow” in the automotive industry?

[Source: Aston Martin]

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