It’s official: Aston Martin has stopped the production of my favorite Aston: the V12 Vantage.
Two weeks ago, on Friday April 19, an official communication was sent to all dealers, that no more orders for the V12 Vantage (the Coupe that is) were being accepted.
Nearly 1,200 produced
The V12 Vantage was introduced in 2009, originally planned to be limited to 1,000 units, without homologation for the USA. Later on, the V12-powered Vantage was brought to the USA anyway, at the same time lifting the 1,000 unit limit.
So ultimately, during the four years that the V12 Vantage has been in production, nearly 1,200 units have been built. (over 1,320 V12 Vantages in total, including the 101 V12 Vantage Roadsters and an unknown number of V12 Zagato’s).
BTW: there are rumours that a small run of V12 Vantage “Centenary Editions” may still be produced later, but I think this is unlikely. Why communicate the production has stopped, if you’re going to resume it later?
But who knows, the guys in Gaydon have surprised me before 🙂
The end of an era?
A small car like the Vantage, with a 6 litre V12 engine and a manual gearbox.
Will this ever happen again? Let’s hope it will, but chances are small.
Remember Jeremy Clarkson’s commentary in the now legendary “An Ending” video?
Well… it’s an Aston Martin Vantage, with a V12 engine…
So what do you think it’s going to be like?
It is fantastic, it’s wonderful, wonderful, wonderful…
What it makes me feel though, is sad.
I just can’t help thinking that, thanks to all sorts of things…
… the environment, the economy, problems in the Middle East, the relentless war on speed …
… cars like this will soon be consigned to the history books.
I just have this horrible, dreadful feeling …
… that what I am driving here, is an ending.
This great video has always given me goosebumps, but now even more: