For the Aston Martin connoisseur, probably no road car built by the Works can match this for rarity, power and old school charisma. Announced in 1999 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the firm’s victory at Le Mans, just 40 were made and today they are collectors’ items which rarely appear on the market. The specification of the 40 cars varied from customer to customer, but most would agree that this is the ultimate: just four (yes, four) cars had the ultimate 600bhp version of the supercharged engine (550bhp was standard) and the six speed manual gearbox (automatic and five speed were also offered). Acceleration from standstill to 100km/h took 3.9 seconds and top speed was quoted as “in excess of 320km/h”. Of the 40 Le Mans made, 15 were right-hand drive, 22 were left-hand drive and three were converted from RHD to LHD.
Chassis ‘70271’ is car number 32 of the 40. It was ordered and purchased new by the current owner and has spent most of the past decade in the climate controlled private museum at his chalet in the Swiss alps, where it is registered, and has rarely been seen in public. Finished in Pennine Grey with black and charcoal leather, and with just 14,318km recorded since new, this is an exciting ‘find’ from the finest possible home, offered now for sale for the first time. A very special motor car.