Last Call: The Aston Martin Victor is retro influence done right

If you haven’t already heard, the new Aston Martin Victor is a one-off beauty that draws major influence from the 80s V8 Vantage. It’s going to be a one of one so the odds of you seeing one in person are essentially zero. Think One-77 rarety but even more. Ironically, the Victor is built off of a One-77 chassis so they have even more in common than it appears. One of the many major differences however is that this one puts out 836 horsepower despite having a retuned version of the Cosworth V12.

The interior is mind-blowing. The British racing green with the tan leather is gorgeous and let’s not ignore the fact that is has a 6-speed manual. The wooden shift knob contrasting all the exposed carbon is weird but so perfect. They seem like they would be so different in a car like this and yet they mix together harmoniously. Even the wheels are vintage with modern accents. I’d love to ogle this in a museum someday but for now, it will go on the list of other amazing cars that I’ll probably never see.

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9 responses to “Last Call: The Aston Martin Victor is retro influence done right”

  1. Batshitbox Avatar

    The Fords are laying low during Bladerunner 2020 out here in San Francisco. This is 2 P.M. (weather channel says ‘partly sunny’.) Situation is much worse elsewhere in the West. Scoutdude? Any other PNW* NorCal or SoCal hoons still online?

    *Pacific Northwest

  2. Wayne Moyer Avatar
    Wayne Moyer

    So I’m guessing the cost of this is unobtanium right? I am auction obsessed. So I am guessing it will be at the auctions within less than five years since that’s probably the agreement made between the buyer and Austin as to how long they must hold onto it before reselling it.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      Surely if you are commissioning a custom Aston you would never have to worry about selling it?

      It kind of looks like that Camaro-style Rocket Bunny kit for the S14 Nissan Silvia to me.

      1. crank_case Avatar

        Damn, you’re spot on there with the Rocket Bunny thing. It’s kinda amusing how a lot of the OTT tuner trends get initially (perhaps justfiably) pilloried, but seem to be more and more finding their way onto exotica, where suddenly it’s regarded as classy. Give it long enough and Aston will be adding Garuchan (commonly, slightly inaccurately referred to as Bosozoku) tailpipes on EVs.

  3. Sjalabais Avatar

    I have to disagree a bit on the Victor – to me, the front is nicely done, but both the side profile (too rear heavy), and the rear (lights mounted to low, spoiler area unresolved) are out of whack. The interior…can’t decide if it’s going for luxury, sports, or gaming chair aesthetics. The greenhouse is clearly “standard” Aston Martin. Pretty meh on this one.

    But I can’t even agree with myself. Despite my dislike of RVs being firmly established, I always assumed that the perfect RV should be a big box with tiny wheels. Now that I’ve finally seen one, of course dragging its proverbial tail of 100 cars behind it, it just looks ridiculous. Teeny tiny wheels almost disappear on this box:

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      I swore to my true love, the (Handley Page) Victor that I would never look at another Victor. I do ogle the Aston Martin Vulcan, though.
      (I have to ask, because I’m a sarcastic sonofabitch, who will commission an Aston Martin Valiant? Or who will at least put an Aston Martin engine in a Plymouth?)

    2. Zentropy Avatar

      I’m not sold on the Victor, either. I want to like it, given that I’m a fan of the 70’s AM V8 from which it draws some inspiration, but the proportions just don’t mesh on this car. The front looks too low relative to the rest of the car, sort of like a slant nosed 911. I agree with your comments about the rear end, but that is definitely taken straight from the 70s V8. It also had low lamps and a plain, flat-backed spoiler.

      A quick photoshop to the front end helps the proportions, but it makes it considerably less dramatic– more like a modified Mustang, which incidentally the 70’s V8 was often compared to.

      1. Rover 1 Avatar
        Rover 1

        The version of the 70s V8 that it seems to be referring to the most.

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