Published on June 24th, 2021 | by Joshua Chin0
Vantage A3 Pays Tribute To Aston Martin’s Third Ever Car
This special Vantage celebrating Aston Martin’s oldest surviving model will only be limited to 3 units.
Aston Martin has recently unveiled a special edition of its Vantage Roadster that marks the centenary of the automaker’s oldest surviving sports car, which is known the A3.
A collaborative commission by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust (AMHT) and Aston Martin HWM, only three of these very special commemorative Vantage Roadsters will ever be produced. All three of which also will naturally feature custom touches from Q by Aston Martin, that are inspired by the third ever Aston Martin to ever be built back in 1921.
Starting with the front first, these special edition Vantage Roadster features a unique black square mesh grille with a bright aluminium surround to mimic the retro finished look of the ‘A3’. A bronze version of Aston Martin’s heritage badge, that was used at the time of launch of the original car, is also to be found on the mesh.
Speaking of bronze, bronze-painted brake calipers hiding behind the black 20-inch lightweight forged alloy wheels brings a bit of bling to primarily black-painted Vantage Roadster. Though the side profile of this Aston Martin is also livened up somewhat by the unique side fender panels fixed with a saddle leather strap, which takes its inspiration from the exposed aluminium bonnet and bonnet strap of the A3.
Now moving on inside, Chestnut Tan leather highlights and contrast stitching break up the primarily black interior upholstery. The micro-perforated fluted seats, brass-casted centre console rotary dials and an embroidered heritage Aston Martin script on the rear cubby lid further meanwhile serves to celebrate the A3’s centenary.
Continuing more on the topic of the A3, this particular Aston Martin was the third of five prototype cars constructed before series production. A car used extensively by co-founder Lionel Martin, its 1.5 litre 11 hp four-pot side valve engine had apparently seen it take light-car speed records during its heyday.
Returning to the automaker in 2002, the A3 was restored to be as close as possible to its original factory specification by the pre-war Aston Martin specialist Ecurie Bertelli and remains the pride of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust’s (AMHT) collection. It is set to go on display during its centenary celebration held at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire on the 26th of June, alongside its celebratory Vantage Roadster commission.
“It is only right that this great marque takes the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of its oldest surviving model and I am thrilled that my team, working with the Aston Martin Heritage Trust and Aston Martin HWM, have been able to create this tasteful yet suitably exhilarating tribute to our historic forebear,” said director of Q and Special Project Sales at Aston Martin, Simon Lane.
PRESS RELEASE: Aston Martin is celebrating the centenary of its oldest surviving car – ‘A3’ – by building a modern day tribute based on one of its most dynamic and exhilarating series production sports cars, the new Vantage Roadster.
It is 100 years since chassis No.3, now commonly known as ‘A3’, rolled gracefully out of the marque’s then production facility at Abingdon Road in Kensington, London. The third of five Aston Martin prototype cars constructed before series production started, the car was used extensively by co-founder of the business Lionel Martin.
Fitted with a 1.5 litre, 11 hp four cylinder side valve engine, ‘A3’ was often seen with a streamlined racing body and in its heyday took several light-car speed records including first place at the Essex Motor Club Kop Hill Climb in 1922, as well as lapping the famous Brooklands circuit at 84.5mph in 1923.
One hundred years on from its construction, ‘A3’ is the pride of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust’s (AMHT) collection, which acquired it courtesy of a generous donation at an auction in 2002. After its acquisition by the Trust, ‘A3’ was restored to be as close as possible to its original factory specification by Ecurie Bertelli, the pre-war Aston Martin specialist.
To commemorate the historic car’s major milestone, and in collaboration with their friends at the AMHT, Aston Martin HWM commissioned the bespoke division of the great British luxury car maker – Q by Aston Martin – to capture the spirit of ‘A3’ in the new Vantage Roadster.
This exceptional commission is being shown publicly for the first time later this month at an A3 centenary celebration event organised by the AMHT, with support from the Aston Martin Owners’ Club.
The AMHT’s ambitious celebration will take place on Saturday 26 June at the Dallas Burston Polo Club, Southam, Warwickshire. A number of hugely rare and highly prized Aston Martin models will be on show in a carefully curated timeline leading visitors on a guided tour through the fascinating era-themed car parks.
Aside from ‘A3’ itself – the star of the show, of course, fresh from a comprehensive restoration by pre-eminent pre-war Aston Martin specialists Ecurie Bertelli – the displays will include:
- Pre-war Aston Martin models
- Pre-war Lagonda vehicles
- Feltham era members of the DB2 family
- Newport Pagnell six cylinder cars, to include DB4, DB5, DB6 and DBS
- A V8 showcase covering the period 1968-2000 – Saloon, Volante, Vantage, Lagonda and Virage
- Aston Martin Tickford specials – Frazer Metro, Tickford Capri
- DB7 & V12 Vanquish
- Gaydon VH-era sports cars to include examples of DB9, Vantage, Rapide, and Vanquish, as well as appearances by rarities such as the One-77, Cygnet and Aston Martin Vulcan
- Current range – Vantage, DB11, DBS Superleggera, and DBX
As the world’s longest serving Aston Martin dealership it is perhaps fitting that HWM has the honour of commissioning the unique Vantage Roadster being unveiled today. Based in Walton on Thames, the business was established in 1938 and the business can today still be found in the same building it first occupied in 1948.
Using the unrivalled expertise of Q by Aston Martin, the ultimate personalisation service delivered by the marque, Aston Martin HWM and the AMHT have created a beautiful, bespoke sports car that combine heritage details with some of the very latest Aston Martin technology and engineering.
Carefully judged design features inside and out nod to ‘A3’s significance with highlights including a unique grille with bright aluminium surround and black square mesh portraying the retro finished look of ‘A3’. Aston Martin’s heritage badge, used at the time of launch of the ‘A3’, is also featured on the mesh.
Unique side fender panels fixed with a saddle leather strap take design inspiration from the exposed aluminium bonnet and bonnet strap seen on the 1921 car. The hand polished panel has been painstakingly finished by Ecurie Bertelli, the leading specialist in pre-war Aston Martin models. Adding to this design is the engraved ‘No 3’ as a representation of the stamping seen on the original. Additionally, the exclusive specification also features a set of bronze brake calipers, representing the bronze detailing on ‘A3’, whilst also complementing the bespoke 20-Inch Lightweight Forged Gloss Black wheels.
Inside, micro-perforated fluted seats along with the embroidered heritage Aston Martin script on the rear cubby lid – the same script used by Aston Martin in 1921 – further celebrates the centenary while lifting the Obsidian Black interior specification are the Chestnut Tan leather accents and Chestnut Tan Contrast stitching.
Taking inspiration from the brass features seen throughout the ‘A3’s interior, are the Vantage Roadster’s bespoke rotaries. These have been specially cast from brass to create a heritage ambience, while on the centre console is an embossed period correct heritage Aston Martin logo.
Simon Lane, Director of Q and Special Project Sales at Aston Martin, said: “It is only right that this great marque takes the opportunity to celebrate the centenary of its oldest surviving model and I am thrilled that my team, working with the AMHT and Aston Martin HWM, have been able to create this tasteful yet suitably exhilarating tribute to our historic forebear.”
Orders are now being taken for the ‘A3’ Vantage Roadster, strictly limited to three examples via Aston Martin HWM.