This is without a doubt one of the most desirable collectors cars, but will the upcoming Valkyrie put a damper on its price?
For those who hate the word “no,” don’t appreciate restraint, and have enough money in the bank to not have to deal with either, then Aston Martin has just the car for you. Or rather, it did. When the 820 horsepower Aston Martin Vulcan was first announced, looking like the result of what would happen if the Batmobile had a baby with the DB11 and capable of going like that hypothetical love child, all 24 units that left the factory sold out almost immediately. But one man’s treasure is another’s trash.
That's because even a 7.0-liter V12 hypercar sometimes gets dumped by its owner. This Vulcan, painted in a menacing shade of purple and set with contrasting carbon fiber, is Vulcan number 11 out of 24. For those unrelenting clients with deep pockets that were told “no” by Aston Martin, now is your chance to snag up an expensive albeit fast piece of automotive history because this 2016 Vulcan is going on sale at the Mecum auction in Monterey taking place between August 18th-20th. But just how expensive will it be? That depends on a lot of things, but Mecum speculates it should go for no less than $2.3 million and top out at $3.3 million if the auctioneer is extra convincing.
The lower end of that price spectrum is what Aston Martin asked for the Vulcan when it originally went on sale, and if Vulcan number 11 sells for that much, it’ll mean that prices have dropped considering a Fiamma Red Vulcan went on sale for $3.4 million. On the other hand, if it sells above list price, it’ll mean that the collector car market is still growing. Things could go either way. With the Aston Martin Valkyrie around the corner, the Vulcan is bound to lose a bit of clout behind its name, which could translate into a lower sale price. But if collectors think it’ll hold or gain value, the inverse could happen. The best we can hope is that the next owner sees themselves as a caretaker and showers it with the love and tire smoke it deserves.