NEW: Aston Martin Vantage 550/600 Prototype

Specifications

  • Marque : Aston Martin
  • Model : Vantage 550/600
  • Chassis number : DP2055/1
  • Colour exterior : Green Metallic
  • Colour interior : Black with Beige
  • Current registration : UK
  • Odometer : 21.532 miles
  • Transmission : Manual, 6-speed
  • Engine : 5.340 CC, 600 HP

History

DP2055 was the code number that Aston Martin used for the development of the Twin Supercharged Vantage. In total 5 Prototype chassis numbers were reserved. DP2055/1 – DP2055/5. It looks like number 3 was never finished, number 4 was crash tested. DP2055/1, DP2055/2 and DP2055/5 still survive today.

DP2055/2 was in the spotlights from the start. It was shown at the Birmingham Motorshow of 1992 and it was the first Prototype which was almost of the same specification as the production cars. DP2055/5 was the production specification Aston Martin Press car.

DP2055/1 was body wise an Aston Martin Virage, but fitted with Vantage engine, transmission, suspension and Vantage front spoiler. Because it looked like a Virage, but was technically a Vantage, it was nicknamed “Virtage”. This Virtage was used extensively for the technical testing of the Twin Turbo engine and other technical components. The original registration number was H217 JKX, issued on 23 May 1991. The Virtage was last known to the DVLA in 1998/1999. The Aston Martin also used the Bond registration number B549 WUU for a period.

DP2055/1 is fitted with the 600HP engine, which was downsized to 550HP for the production models. The V600 version was later on in the production process though a much-wanted Twin Turbo Vantage.

After the extensive testing period DP2055/1 lingered in a corner of the Aston Martin facilities for a while and was eventually sold to a well-known Aston Martin dealer/collector. This collector changed the aluminium panel work of the Virtage to Vantage production specification.

Noble House acquired this important piece of Aston Martin history many years ago and she is now part of the Noble House Prototype collection.

DP2055/1 is still fitted with its Prototype engine, number DP2075/5.

Due to reducing the collection, DP 2055/1 is for sale and it gives a new owner a unique investment opportunity to restore it in its former glory and bring the Virtage back on the road.  

For sale “As Is” or including restoration by Noble House.

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