The McLaren F1 is a brilliant car, to say the least. More than a decade down the road, the model remains as one of the most sought-after supercars of all time.And by the sound of many reports emanating from the U.K., another Britishdream car could be on its way to similar superstardom -- and it hasn't even been released yet.
In terms of desirability, collectability, and sheer coolness, Aston Martin's $1.5 million One-77 is on track to join the F1. How could we ever predict that? Well, when a obviously well-to-do customer orders 10 examples of a car that's still being tested and fine tuned, it's a good indication of a car's expected "pizzazz," "oomph," or "hotness." Yep, 10 units. And that's from a total production run of 77. In other words, thissingle Aston Martin fancould possess 13 percent of all One-77s ever created.
Why so many? According to multiple European reports, the Middle Eastern buyer purchased the bespoke, hand-built cars for his family. He gave only one major stipulation to the crew in Gaydon: have them all buttoned down by September 2010. Of course, as the story goes, Aston Martin was hesitant to accept such a lofty order and also hastily pointed out that production can be an unpredictable effort -- especially with cars like these.
It was then that the unidentified moneyed man had his accountant transfer $17 million into Aston's coffers. Talk about incentive.
If you're wondering what's so special about this particular car, it's the epitome of everything the British brand represents. It's crazy fast (latest tests put its top speed at 220.007 mph), extremely luxurious (everything inside is custom), and quite technologically advanced.
The Cosworth-massaged 7.3-liter V-12 powerplant sends over 700 horsepower and 500-plus pound-feet of torque to its forged rear wheels. Carbon fiber comprises both its monocoque chassis and body for a lightweight build. To keep it stuck to the tarmac, active aerodynamics and adjustable DTM-inspired suspension (which is tuned on an individual basis) are employed.
Around six American multimillionaires will be able have a One-77. That's slightly more than the four or five buyers (one of which is reported to be Jamiroquai's Jay Kay) slated for its domestic U.K. market.
Source: Cars UK