Britain’s first supercar was the 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Britain’s first hypercar was probably the unique 1980 Bulldog mid-engined concept, even though the term wasn’t generally used until a good 20 years later. Aston Martin enthusiasts had to wait until 2008 for the announcement of the company’s first production hypercar, the One-77. Following tantalising glimpses of a covered mock-up at the Paris Motor Show in 2008 then uncovered at Geneva the following year, the world debut of the finished One-77 was at the exclusive Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Held in April, near the Villa d’Este hotel in Cernobbio, on the western shore of Lake Como, the car won the design award for concepts and prototypes. Despite the eye watering million-pound (plus taxes) price tag, the 77 production cars were all pre-sold.
In a first for Aston Martin, the One-77 was based on a sophisticated carbon fibre chassis tub yet clothed in a traditional handcrafted aluminium body. Rather unusually for a hypercar, the 7.3 litre, Cosworth built, V12 engine was front-mid mounted: behind the front axle but in front of the cabin. With a peak output of 750 bhp, the One-77 was capable of around 220 mph but as the cars were all presold, none were ever released to the press to allow any independent testing.
Three years after production of the One-77 had ended, Aston Martin introduced in 2015, a track-only spin-off called the Vulcan, limited to just 24 cars.
Our 1:1 scale model has appeared at the Paris and Geneva shows. It is constructed from steel ladder framework, clad in model board, milled to shape and painted in a colour that became known as ‘Concours Blue’.