2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster news, pictures, and information
Chassis Num: SCFAE62353K800089
Engine Num: SCFAE62353K800089
|Sold for $170,500 at 2010 Gooding & Company.|
It was not long before American customers were demanding a model available for the US. The company responded with the DB American Roadster 1, which made it debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show in January of 2003. The car shared its platform with the DB7 Vantage Volante and thus had a longer wheelbase than the DB7 Zagato. It was closed in a steel body and given aluminum panels. At all four corners were Brembo discs, an AP twin-plate racing clutch and an active sports exhaust system with rear muffler bypass valves that enhanced the V-12's throaty rasp.
Within a short period of time, all 99 examples had been sold.
This example, the 88th example produced, has been driven just 252 miles and is a one-owner vehicle. It retains all of its original premium accoutrements, including protective seat covers, a cockpit dust-cover tonnea and two umbrella-style soft tops. It is finished of Tungsten Silver paint and a two-tone interior of charcoal and Claret Red leather.
In 2010, this DB AR1 Roadster was brought to Gooding & Company's Scottsdale Auction where it was estimated to sell for $175,000 - $210,000. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $170,500 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010
Chassis Num: SCFAE62343K800018
|Sold for $198,000 at 2005 RM Auctions.|
Sold for $148,500 at 2010 RM Auctions.
Sold for $143,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
In 2010, this DB AR1 was offered for sale at RM Auctions 'Automobiles of Amelia Island' sale in Amelia Island, Florida. The car was estimated to sell for $125,000-$175,000. As bidding came to a close, the car has been sold for the sum of $148,500, inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
Chassis Num: 001
Chassis Num: 052
The DB American Roadster 1 (DB AR1) is derived from the DB7 - the most successful Aston Martin of all time. It is based on the current DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and boasts revised bodystyle wîth coachwork by Zagato and incorporates a number of dynamic elements, which have been finely engineered to offer a new dimension to the Aston Martin driving experience. The DB AR1 has a large distinctive radiator grille and accentuating rear wheel arches, which are also new, whilst the carefully detailed features such as the reverse/fog light combination provide graphic evidence of intricate hand craftsmanship and quality that has become and Aston Martin trademark.
This car is powered by a 6-liter all-alloy V12 engine capable of producing 435 horsepower.Source - Blackhawk Collection
Chassis Num: SCFAE62313K800073
|Sold for $181,500 at 2013 RM Auctions.|
The DB AR1 Zagato Roadster has room for two passengers and no top. This example is the 73rd of 99 examples built. It is painted in Mercedes Designo Silver and powered by a four-cam, 48-valve, 6.0-liter V12 engine offering 430 horsepower. There is an AP twin-plate racing clutch, a six-speed manual transmission, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes.
The interior features hand-stitched, electronically-controlled seats trimmed in Forest Green Bridge of Weir leather. It has its original manuals, a pair of umbrellas, tonneau cover, both sets of keys, and a factory cover in its original bag. The odometer shows just 3,600 miles from new.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2013
ASTON MARTIN DB AMERICAN ROADSTER 1 CONCEPTAston Martin will showcase a lightweight concept Roadster at the Los Angeles Motor Show that has been designed specifically to appeal to its ÚS customers.
The DB American Roadster 1 (DB AR1) is derived from the DB7—the most successful Aston Martin of all time. It is based on the current DB7 Vantage Volante (convertible) and boasts revised bodystyle wîth coachwork by Zagato of Italy and incorporates a number of dynamic elements, which have been finely engineered to offer a new dimension to the Aston Martin driving experience.
Available only as a two-seater, the DB AR1 is not a convertible Zagato version of the Coupe—launched in the summer of 2002—but a possible addition to Aston Martin's exclusive product range.
Aston Martin will privately show the DB AR1 to customers at an event in LA to gauge their reaction, and if the response is positive the car will go into production in very limited numbers during 2003. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but it is anticipated that DB AR1 will cost around $230,000 ÚS (plus or minus 10%).
'Aston Martin is unique in its ability to react quickly to its customers requirements and produce limited edition sports cars,' explained Dr Úlrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin. The DB7 Zagato was a huge success for Aston Martin wîth all 99 cars sold very quickly. It's very clear; our customers want choice and individuality. 'However, the DB AR1 is a concept car that we want to show to our ÚS customers to see if they like it. It has been designed wîth the Californian weather in mind and is a Roadster in the proper tradition wîth no hood and space for just two people. If there is sufficient interest we will consider putting it into production in 2003.'
The DB AR1 has a large distinctive radiator grille and accentuating rear wheel arches, which are also new, whilst the carefully detailed features such as the reverse/fog light combination provide graphic evidence of intricate hand craftsmanship and quality that has become an Aston Martin trademark.
Aston Martin has yet to conduct performance testing however, it is expected that recent developments of Aston Martin's low emission, all alloy, 6.0-litre V12 engine, means that DB AR1 will benefit from a performance increase, and offer 435bhp—compared wîth 420bhp of the DB7 Vantage.
This increased power together wîth a revised final drive ratio and active sports exhaust system will not only provide noticeable improvement in mid-range power, but also additional torque —up from 400 lb/ft (DB7 Vantage) to 410 lb/ft, providing a sharper accelerating drive.
An AP twin plate racing clutch, which replaces the single plate clutch found on the DB7 Vantage, combined wîth the revised quick-shift gear lever—also fitted to the DB7 GT—will enable the driver to maximize use of the power increase and torque and enjoy a faster gear change.
Aside from a revised body design, the DB AR1 has special multispoke 19' alloy wheels—with revised offset to give a wider track (8x19' front, 9½x19' rear)—equipped wîth SO2 245/35 ZR19 front and 265/30 rear, low profile Yokohoma tires.
The active sports exhaust system wîth rear muffler by-pass valves—as used on the V12 Vanquish—provide the DB AR1 wîth a very distinctive exhaust note.
A combination of racing-style grooved 355mm (front) and 330mm (rear) Brembo disc brakes and uprated Pagid RS 42-1 front pads provide the DB AR1 wîth better-sustained performance, wîth improved resistance to judder and fade, particularly at high speed. An uprated brake booster unit—as used on the V12 Vanquish—assists in providing the driver wîth progressive braking and a firmer and more consistent pedal feel.
'Production of DB AR1 is dependent upon clients' interest,' explained Dr Úlrich Bez. 'If the reaction is as positive as that for the DB7 Zagato, we will produce a limited number of DB AR1 models solely for the ÚS market.'Source - Aston Martin
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