Monday, April 27, 2009

Aston Martin One-77

Aston Martin revealed its first complete One-77 coupe at the Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance this weekend in Lake Como, Italy - and collected its first prize for the car. This collectors'-edition coupe received the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes, voted the clear winner ahead of seven other entrants including the Morgan Aeromax Supersports, the Zagato-designed Perana Z One, the Infiniti Essence and the Rinspeed iChange.

The V12-engined, 200mph-plus One-77 has an all-new monococque body structure with hand-crafted aluminum panels, and Aston Martin pledges "extraordinary workmanship and money-no-object commitment to quality". As indeed one would, for a car costing £1million plus local taxes.

The two-seater, two-tone cabin is finished in carbon fiber and leather, with dramatically curved air vents, dashboard cowl, instrument panel and sweeping center console. The lightweight shell-type bucket seats are white with dark gray inserts echoing the pattern of the carbon fiber, and the Concours show car featured pale blue-gray interior panels to complement its exterior paintwork.

Sales of the One-77 are to start officially next year, though Aston Martin is reported to have buyers signed up for all the 77 examples it will build.