In this our sixth episode, we revisit HWM Aston Martin at Walton-on-Thames to see a stunning Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans. The V8 Vantage Le Mans represents the last of the fully handcrafted, coach-built era. Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, it was launched as a celebration of the run-out of this charismatic Tadek Marek engine, Virage chassis bloodline. The reference Le Mans reference Aston Martin’s win of the 24hr race in a DBR1 of 1959. Production was between December 1999 and October 2000 from the Aston Martin Newport Pagnell facility.
To consider this end of an era, along with the V600, we join in conversation with Guy Jenner, the CEO at HWM and Steve Waddingham, the Aston Martin Lagonda historian, where we hear stories about the cars and the people behind these special V8 cars and the transition to the Vanquish.