Aston just can't stop building beautiful cars
Whatever they may lack in modernity, they make up for in beauty
100 years ago, the Aston Martin A3 - the oldest Aston still in existence - left the factory at Abingdon Road in Kensington, London using its own steam - coming from an 11-hp 1.5-litre 4-cylinder engine - and on its own tyres. In 1922, it won the Essex Motor Club Kop Hill Climb and reached an astonishing speed of 84.5 mph at Brooklands the same year.
The A3 (chassis n. 3 of 5 ever built) was donated to the AMHT (Aston Martin Heritage Trust) in 2002 and will be on display along with the Vantage Roadster Q and several special and rare Aston vehicles at the Dallas Burston Polo Club in Southam, Warwickshire on June 26. The list is a saga and it includes a variety of pre-war Lagonda and Aston models, DB2, DB4, DB5, DB6 and DBS, a few V8 models built between the 1960s and the 2000s (Saloon, Volante, Vantage, Lagonda, Virage), along with the Vanquish, the DB7 and DB9, the Cygnet, the One-77 and even the Vulcan.
The Vantage Roadster Q A3 follows the same black+gold tone colour theme as the original A3 - from the interior to the 20-inch wheels - but the engine is untouched as the car is still powered by the same 510-hp 3,982 cc V8 as the 'standard' Vantage.
Production is limited to 3 units only, exclusively available through Aston Martin HWM in Walton-on-Thames, south west of London.