Mon Feb 03 2014 19:59:02 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Classic sports cars are often associated less with suave MI6 agents than with middle-aged men with deep pockets and a mid-life crisis to match. That’s changing as Nicholas Mee & Co, Aston Martin Heritage Dealer in West London, aims at a new, (much) younger breed of customers. This Thursday, the dealership announced that it’s selling a fully functioning, petrol-engined miniature car inspired by the Aston Martin DB models of the 1960s. Designed for children age 10 and older, it doesn't have machine guns or an ejector seat, but it does have details like a wood-rimmed steering wheel.
The DB Convertible can do 46 mph (74 km/h). The DB Convertible comes in standard silver color. The DB Convertible has a 110 mm petrol engine.
Measuring 250 x 103 cm (98 x 40 in), the two-door, rear-wheel drive DB Convertible is hand-built and crafted with a composite body wrapped around a steel box chassis. The standard color is silver, but Nicholas Mee says that it’s also available in a wide palette of colors and can be painted to match a full-size Aston Martin.
The 110 cc, 4-stroke, air-cooled petrol engine with key-operated electric starter may not seem like much, but it's pretty impressive for the Hamleys crowd. It has a semi-automatic 3-speed gearbox, coil-over suspension, and Brembo disk brakes.
Nicholas Mee is coy about the DB Convertible’s acceleration, but it does say that it can do a blistering 46 mph (74 km/h), though this can be restricted downwards to suit speed-conscious parents.
The interior of the DB Convertible is nicely understated with a black color scheme and a choice of leather or vinyl interior trim. On the dash are working indicators, and the lights operate as well. In addition, in the words of Nicholas Mee, “[F]or those Mr Toad moments, the horn will Parp! Parp! in an instant.”
The DB Convertible also boasts a fully adjustable pedal box, so the adults can have a go as well. “You'd be surprised how well the DB Junior is engineered, and how much room there is in the cockpit,” says Managing Director Nicholas Mee. “It’s big enough for an adult and the pedals can be adjusted so that the DB Junior will fit a wide range of drivers. Let’s say ‘junior drivers of all ages’."
The DB Convertible is available for immediate delivery or bespoke commissioning. However, like the Aston Martin DB it’s modeled after, the DB convertible doesn’t come cheap. It's priced at £16,500 (US$27,000).
Fri Nov 01 2013 19:41:28 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
This has to be one of the best turnouts at a car meet ever. FFF Automobile, one of the most reknown supercar and hypercar dealerships in the world, brought along an incredible selection of cars that were lined up on the front of the grid, including a baby blue Aston Martin One-77, a deep purple Pagani Huayra, a Tramontana R, a Ferrari 458 Mansory Siracusa and a Pagani Zonda F.
Other cars at the meeting include a Porsche 911 GT2 RS, various Ferrari 458 Italias and F12 Berlinettas, a Verde Ithaca Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and a Ferrari 599 SA ApertaAA. CQSCC are one of the more successful supercar clubs in the region, with over 100 members. Entry to the club costs 元10,000 Yuan (around £1000).
Not anybody can join though – you need to either be a corporate vice president or director of more than one corporation. So, as well as being a supercar club, it’s a businessman’s club to some extent. Oh, and if you don’t participate in any of their events in a year, your membership will probably be revoked. You can only enter with 2 door cars that are at least Porsche 911 standard.
Wed Oct 16 2013 14:05:58 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Here's a great chance to get into an Aston for Honda money.
1997 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Convertible, Spectacular 2-owners, impeccable condition. Perfect carfax, no accidents or paint. This green gem has never spent a nite outside. First owner was in Malibu and had it until 2009 when it had 47,000 miles. That means the first owner put only 3,900 miles on it a year. Since 2009, it has been driven only 4,000 miles. Rest of the time it has been in the garage of its owner, the 72 yr. old Executive Vice President of a South Florida Bank.
The paint is luscious. It is just beautiful without dings or dengs or scratches. Its the kind of car that makes you nervous when someone approaches with a belt buckle on. The interior is mint too with tan leather that is free of any marks, cracks, veining or blemishes of any kind. The beautiful burl wood trim is perfect. The headliner is made from English suede and is completely blemish free. The carpet is beautiful Hunter green, and is thick and rich. The dash and other interior parts are also Hunter green leather and matched with the tan leather, it just looks gorgeous.
The 3.2L straight six with supercharger is an incredible engine. If you know an Aston Martin, you know that it doesn't growl like American cars, even when you step on it. It sort of takes off in a glide almost like an electric car or like going Warp speed in the Enterprise, quiet and powerful.
The tires are just five months old.
The owner had regular service and all of this done this year at
European Foreign and Domestic
Boca Raton, FL
Maintenance inspection completed
Recommended maintenance performed
Battery/charging system checked
Thermostat housing/gasket replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Four wheel alignment performed
Oil and filter changed
Maintenance reminder reset
Brake fluid flushed/changed
Drive belts checked
Cooling system checked
The F12 Berlinetta’s 200-bar, direct-injection 6262 cc 65° V12 delivers absolutely unprecedented performance for a naturally aspirated 12-cylinder engine in terms of both power and revs. It has a maximum power output of 740 CV at 8250 rpm, while its specific power output is 118 CV/l, a record for this kind of engine. Responsiveness and strong pick-up are assured by maximum torque of 690 Nm, 80 per cent of which is already on tap at 2500 rpm.