Appreciation at it's finest.
This has to be one of the coolest Aston Martins out there, even after the name change when Porsche threw a hissy fit. Unveiled as the GT3, the track-focused Aston Martin Vantage was rebadged as the GT12, which actually sounds better because it's a higher number. There's not many of these around, just 100 models made production. And just five were given the full, instantly recognizable Gulf Oil livery. Better still, all five bear a sill plate showing that the Gulf Oil company authorized each car as a licensed product.
The car seen here is a 2016 model with just 850 miles on the odometer, and it's not the only one listed on the recently added section on the official Aston Martin website dedicated to pre-loved Astons called Timeless - Certified Pre-Owned Aston Martin. There are three of these cars there, but only one features this iconic paint scheme. Inside the cabin the car features a grey blend Alcantara headliner, Phantom Grey carpets and a bare carbon fiber dash and center console. The seats look odd, sort of like they have the texture of a soft chair you'd have in your house, orange and black leather would have been better suited, but who are we to tell Aston Martin how to make a car hot?
The GT12 is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 that makes 592 hp with 461 lb-ft of torque, and that beast is coupled to a seven-speed Sportshift III automated manual transmission with paddle shifters for when you want to feel like you're playing a Playstation game. It's fast too, able to gallop to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds with 185 mph possible when you stretch its legs. The car would have set you back 250,000 GBP ($314,640) when it launched, but if you want one in your garage, this one in particular, you're gonna need to have a cool 439,950 GBP ($551,032). If that's a little too rich for you, then you can also grab yourself a lower mileage one in Speedway White for 429,950 GBP ($538,508). That's what you call appreciation!