2003 Aston Martin DB AR1
The Aston Martin name needs no introduction in the world of fine motorcars. Since its inception the Aston name has been a hallmark of style and performance. Even during the mid-1960s an Aston Martin DB 5 sold for an astounding $12,000 in the United States. The years have done nothing to diminish Aston’s repuation for building great sports cars and this 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 convertible is a stunning car that clearly exemplifies the modern direction of Aston Martin.
The DB AR1 is a limited edition grand touring car that was specifically aimed at the U.S. market. Built in conjunction with Zagato, it’s lines are beautifully styled, especially with the top down. The DB AR1 is truly a special car as its nomenclature displays; the AR1 stands for American Roadster 1. Power for the AR1 comes from a powerful Vantage six liter V-12 engine with 48 valves. Performance is breathtaking with a top speed of 186 mph and acceleration is stunning with a 0-60 time of just 4.9 seconds. The DB AR1 also features a revised body design that is set off by special multispoke 19-inch alloy wheels that gives it a revised offset and a wider track. Most impressive is the sound from the incredible V-12 engine, which uses an active sports exhaust system with rear muffler bypass valves; the same used on the V-12 Vanquish. The result is a very distinctive exhaust note that gives a strong indication of the power within. This fine example of the Aston DB AR1 is extremely rare having been one of the very few built in black with tan hides. It is literally a new car having traveled only 3,000 miles since new.
The speciality of this fine Grand Touring car was clearly indicated in its 2003 sales price of $226,000. In the end only 99 of these fine automobiles were ever built with one being retained by the factory for display. The DB AR1 is a car that is instantly collectable and will be a fine addition to any collection.