Aston Martin’s CC100 Speedster is a concept built to celebrate the British automaker’s centenary this year and whose design draws inspiration from past greats like the DBR1 race car of the 1950s but also points the way towards the future by previewing the styling of Aston’s next generation of cars.
It was widely expected that Aston Martin would build two examples of the concept, one to keep in its collection and the other to be sold to one very loyal customer.
According to Autocar, two CC100 Speedsters have been built, though both have been sold, at a price of roughly 500,000 British pounds (approximately $830,000) each.
The first version to be sold is said to have been the original concept that took part in several of Aston Martin’s centenary celebrations, the most recent of which took place last weekend in London. The second is said to have been commissioned by another customer, who will be receiving it later in the year.
Interestingly, the owner of the original concept is said to be keeping his or her car in a collection while the owner of the second car plans to get regulatory approval so it can be driven on public roads. Sadly, Aston Martin does not plan to build any more examples so that the car’s exclusivity is preserved.
The CC100 was designed and constructed in fewer than six months at Aston Martin’s global headquarters in Gaydon, England. It is based around the chassis of a V12 Vantage but comes with a unique carbon fibre body and sequential manual transmission with paddle shifters. According to Aston Martin, the setup is good for 0-100 km/h acceleration in just over 4.0 seconds and a governed top speed of 290 km/h.
The real significance of the car is that its styling previews that of next generation of Aston cars. Key among the concept’s design features is a new take on the Aston grille and fender vent, and a completely new design theme for the rear.