1995 Aston Martin Vantage 550
1995 Aston Martin 550
Make Aston Martin
Model Vantage V550
VIN No SCFDAM2S8TBL70111
Engine No 590/70111/M
Exterior Color Rolls-Royce Royal Blue
Interior Color Grey (Code 4137)
Piping Color Dark Blue (Code 4133)
Carpet Color Grey and Dark Blue (Codes 068 O.E. & 4133)
Headliner Grey Alcantara (Code 3401)
Final Drive Ratio 3.77:1
Speedometer Kilometers Per Hour (330KPH Max)
Ordering Agent Car & Driver Classic Automobiles
D-22047 Hamburg, Germany
Specifications Completed to Rest or Word/German Market Specifications
Assembly Ordered April 20th, 1995
Assembly Revised June 30th, 1995
Completed November 13th, 1995
Dispatched November 15th, 1995
Sold New November 16th, 1995
In Warranty Date November 16th, 1995
End Warranty Date November 15th, 1996
Current Total Mileage 18,014 Kilometers
-Ex-Works Special Order Assembly
-Speedometer in Kilometers Per Hour (330KPH Max)
-Special Interior Trim (Dashtop Roll, Gear Lever Knob and Gaiter in Dark Blue (Code 4133)
-Rear Boot Special Trim (Grey with Blue Piping (Codes 068 O.E. & 4133)
-Custom Sony RDS Stereo Radio System and Single CD Player
Aston Martin Vantage V550 Background:
As with many other Astons, a high-performance Vantage model of the Virage would later appear. First shown at Birmingham in September 1992, the Vantage was produced from 1993 through 2000 and, like so many other Aston Vantages, soon became the only variant available. Indeed, the Virage name lasted just a few years, with its final descendants inheriting the simple and familiar “V8” name in final sales and advertising literature.
The design was greatly freshened and improved, leaving only the roof and doors of the original design remained intact. The Vantage was significantly wider and appeared lower and more aggressive. The rear-end treatment now used four round tail lights (rumoured to have been those used on a Bova coach for the prototype). Like the 6.3, the Vantage used record-sized 362mm (14-inch) brake discs and new 18 inch wheels.
The most radical change to the Vantage, however, was inside the engine compartment. The 5.3-liter engine now sported massive twin belt-drive, mechanical superchargers. Power output topped the industry at 550bhp, and torque was equally impressive at 555 lb·ft at just 4,000rpm. Top speed was 300kph (186mph), with a dash to 60 mph taking just 4.6 seconds. Considering that the kerb weight of the car was almost two tons, this was no mean feat! The car soon earned a well deserved reputation as brutally powerful and a beast on any road!
Ex-Works Aston Martin Vantage V8 “V550" SCFDAM2S8TBL70111:
Aston Martin completed just 233 examples of their now legendary Vantage V8 “V550” models. Our subject vehicle is sequentially the 111th of the 233 completed. We were very fortunate during our purchase of this vehicle to acquire directly from Aston Martin, the original ordering and completion records. These documents provide an incredible amount of information related to the ordering, construction and completion of this true “one-of-one” machine.
Just 97 of the 233 Vantage “V550s” built were left-hand-drive and this particular Aston was the sole example completed in "Rolls Royce Royal Blue” with Grey and Dark Blue seats and carpeting. It is as such a complete “Piece-Unique” example like no other before or after.
This Aston was originally ordered for completion by Aston's special “Ex-Works” Department on April 20th, 1995. The original order requested a left-hand-drive model with manual gearbox to be finished with the exterior color in “Buckinghamshire Green” and the interior in “Magnolia” with dark green piping on the seats and two-tone beige and “Magnolia” carpeting. The order was to be filled for the French Aston Martin Distributor in Paris. Assembly commenced soon thereafter but Aston's original hand-written assembly records show that the order was heavily revised on June 30th, 1995 at which point a very unique specification example came to be. The change in construction came about with the cancellation of the order by the French Aston Distributor, which was then assigned and given to the official Aston Agent, Car & Driver Classic Automobiles, Freidrich-Ebert-Damm 128, D-22047 Hamburg, Germany.
The main changes in the revised order were both in the overall appearance with a change of the exterior color to "Rolls Royce Royal Blue” with a grey and dark blue piping on the seats and interior combination. Additionally, given the numerous issues related to the manual gearbox models coupled with the new 550bhp double-supercharged engines, the manual gearbox was substituted with a more usable and reliable automatic version. Steering remained left-hand-drive as initially ordered and the vehicle was completed to ROW (Rest of World Market / Germany) specifications.
This Aston was completed on November 13th, 1995 and dispatched the following day to ordering Agent, Car & Driver Classic Automobiles in Hamburg. Two days later the official sale was recorded on November 16th, 1995. Despite the delays in assembly and construction, the vehicle was registered as a 1995 model referencing the production year it was assembled.
Three months after being sold this Aston was exported from Germany and imported in February of 1996 and registered on new Japanese plates “34 38-32.” It remained on these plates on March 23rd, 2009 when it received services totaling $5,375. At the time of this service, the vehicle had covered 15,847kms. Additional service work was completed on May 28th, 2009 totaling $4,800. The next recorded services took place later that same year on July 11th, 2009. These services totaled $4,090. Total mileage was recorded at this time as 16,148kms.
On August 19th, 2013 this Aston was issued new registration documents and new Japanese plates “345 550.” On August 30th, 2013, full services were completed at which time the vehicle had covered 17,209kms. This Aston was again give full services on March 29th, 2017 at which time it had covered 17,705kms.
In early September of this year, our company inspected and agreed to the purchase of this rare Aston Martin Vantage V8 “V550.” Total mileage at time of our purchase was 18,014kms.
Vantage V8 “V550” SCFDAM2S8TBL70111 Today:
This pristine, ultra-rare, “showroom-new, one-of-one specification Aston Martin is now available for purchase and world-wide shipping. This is the sole example to date of these limited, hand-assembled vehicles that has been authorized be imported to the States legally. All interested perspective buyers are encouraged to contact me for additional assistance with inspections, test-drives, purchase and delivery of this special machine.