Aston Martin's Vantage Legacy Collection is a racing fan's dream.
As well as being arguably one of the prettiest sports cars Aston Martin has ever built, the last-generation Vantage is also one of the company's most successful racing cars. To celebrate its success on the track, Aston Martin is launching the new 'Vantage Legacy Collection' featuring three original Vantage race cars. Based on the road-going Vantage launched in 2005, the collection celebrates a triumphant period in Aston Martin's racing history between 2009 and 2018. During this period, Aston Martin racked up two 24 Hours of Le Mans class victories, seven FIA World Endurance Championship titles, and numerous international sports car championship titles in British GT, GT World Challenge and the European Le Mans Series.
Forming the Vantage Legacy collection is the Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE, the V12 Vantage GT3, and the Vantage GT4. Each race car was built in Aston Martin Racing's workshops and can only be bought as a three-car collection.
All three race-ready cars feature a brand new chassis and are finished in matching sterling green liveries with yellow accents. Debuting in 2009, the Vantage GT4 was the first racing car created around the VH-era architecture. 107 cars were built by the end of 2018, with many still competing on the track today. The example in the Vantage Legacy collection is the 108th and final car ever made.
Three years after the GT4's debut, the V12 Vantage GT3 was launched and it soon dominated the British GT championship, securing titles in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2018 before being replaced by the new Vantage in 2019. 46 examples of the Vantage GT4 were built until the end of 2017. The V8 Vantage GTE, on the other hand, debuted in 2012 and took its first win at the final round of the FIA World Endurance Championship in Shanghai in October the same year.
Only six V8 Vantage GTEs were built, but it made a lasting impression, becoming the most successful car in the FIA World Endurance Championship with seven titles and two Le Mans class victories. Specifically, the GTE in the Vantage Legacy Collection is the seventh and final car to be made.
"For a collector, this trio of Aston Martin Racing Vantages represents the ultimate tribute to a halcyon period for the brand in international sportscar racing," said David King, President of Aston Martin Racing. "While Aston Martin has since gone on to record world championship titles with the current generation turbo-charged V8 Vantage, the foundations laid by the huge success of the original car won it admirers around the globe and led to it becoming a firm favorite with racing fans. The Legacy collection is a beautiful sign-off for this wonderful car."
Aston Martin hasn't put a price on the Vantage Legacy Collection, but it's safe to say it will cost considerably more than the standard road car, which starts at $152,995.