“To create a car closer to art than the automobile. That was the aim.” Marek Reichman, Director of Design, Aston Martin
After concepts were shown at the 2008 Paris Motor Show and 2009 Geneva Salon, Aston Martin’s 220mph One-77 hypercar was revealed to the public as a finished car in late April 2009 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. Judged by the select, highly experienced panel, it won the design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes.
The British company wanted to showcase the expertise that had led to so much success on the racetrack, as well as giving its very best clients the opportunity to buy a truly bespoke car with out-of-this-world performance. The One-77 was priced at £1,000,000 plus taxes. Only 77 were to be built (hence the name), and buyers had to stump up a non-refundable deposit of £200,000.
Canadian motorsports specialist Multimatic supplied the carbonfibre monocoque, CPP of Coventry made the body panels and Cosworth of Northampton tuned the already potent Aston Martin V12, now displacing 7312cc, to achieve 750bhp. At the rear sat a six-speed transaxle, operated racing-style by paddles on the steering wheel. All suspension was hand-fabricated from steel, aluminium and titanium billets, fully adjustable and noted for its use of horizontal dampers operated by push-rods.
The highly developed package was enough to allow the One-77 to reach 62mph in less than 3.7 seconds and then on to an astonishing maximum of 220mph.
Aston Martin went to great lengths to ensure that every single part of the car was finished to ‘tool room’ standards, even though many areas would rarely be seen once the bodywork was installed. At the rear, the push-rod suspension has its own ‘window’ behind the seats. Customers were encouraged to visit Gaydon to specify their cars, agonising over whether, for example, to specify the handmade grille with polished or satin edges. All parts were fabricated from aluminium, carbonfibre or high-grade steel.
A regular DB9 might take 200 hours to build. The One-77 required 2,500 hours.
The car was the crowning glory of the first years of Aston Martin at its high-tech factory at Gaydon, the brainchild of then CEO Dr Ulrich Bez and designer Marek Reichman. It remains the fastest road car the company has ever made, and forms the centrepiece of many of the finest Aston Martin collections worldwide.
This motor car
Kidston SA is delighted to offer this ‘as new’ Aston Martin One-77, number three in the run of only 77 cars, on behalf of its first and sole owner, a private collector, racer and connoisseur of beautiful sports cars.
Finished in striking yet subtle Spirit Grey with Obsidian Black leather with Anodised Grey Metal Finish and matching polished and bead-blasted 7-spoke wheels, this Swiss-registered car has covered just 514km and is serviced up to date including the gearbox software update. Supplied with all owners accessories, books and documents, it is indistinguishable from brand new, exactly as it left the factory.