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Vantage Roadster A3 Edition remembers the oldest surviving Aston Martin

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A great example of how to properly do a special edition.

Aston Martin has revealed the Vantage Roadster A3 Edition as a 100th birthday homage to the 1921 Aston Martin A3 — the oldest surviving Aston Martin. The A3 was the company’s third car, a prototype actually, powered by a 11 hp 1.5-litre 4-cylinder side-valve engine. Believe it or not, back in the day, the car was capable of lapping the Brooklands circuit at 84.5 mph (136 km/h).

Commissioned by the dealer Aston Martin HWM, the Vantage Roadster A3 Edition is “strictly limited” to just 3 units, with each carrying a price tag of £186,000.

Developed in collaboration with Aston Martin’s Q division, the Vantage Roadster A3 Edition gets some thoughtfully curated touches inspired by the original car. These include the mesh grille with a neat little bronze Aston Martin heritage badge, 20-inch gloss black forged wheels with thin spokes, bronze-painted calipers, and a leather strap on the front fenders to mimic the original car’s leather bonnet strap. And yes, the exterior of the car is painted in Onyx Black.

The Obsidian Black leather interior is complemented with Chestnut Tan contrast stitching, Chestnut Tan leather accents, brass rotary knobs, brass sill plaques, and of course, heritage Aston Martin logos.

No mechanical changes, obviously, not that it needs any. The Vantage Roadster is powered by an AMG-sourced 4.0L V8 biturbo motor with 510 metric hp and 685 Nm (505 lb-ft) of torque, paired with an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox that drives the rear wheels.

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