Daniel Schmitt & Co. has an extremely rare 1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Flip Tail Coupe for sale. What makes this particular car so rare? It’s one of only 11 examples that were built for the U.S. market.
Aston Martin first started building the Vantage sports car with a V8 engine back in 1977 (the name had been in use with other cars, dating back to the DB2). The V8 Vantage became Aston Martin’s first production car to have a top speed of 170 miles per hour, earning it the title of Great Britain’s first supercar. The Vantage had the layout of the classic GT and could seat four. Under the hood, the Vantage had a master work 5.3 liter DOHC V8. Making the Daniel Schmitt car even more unique, the V8 in that coupe was tuned to Euro specifications, meaning it received higher duration camshafts, larger valves, an increased compression ration, and four Weber 48 IDF carburetors, making it capable of pulling over 400 horsepower.
The “flip tail” designation comes courtesy of the spoiler on the rear. Originally, the spoiler was bolted on but after the first 16 cars, it was integrated into the body. Only 42 Vantages were built with the integrated flip tail, and only 11 made their way over to the U.S.
The Vantage also features a factory correct color combination of Aztec Gold and Sable brown leather for the interior. The car also comes with many added options, including factory air conditioning, a ZF 5-speed manual gearbox, power windows and mirrors, and 4-wheel disc brakes.
With car collecting being so popular, this could be a sound investment. Pricing for collectible cars has seen steady grown, with gains over the last 10 years posting at 467 percent. A car this rare will only go up in value, so if you have an extra $309,900–$269,900 with the Buy It Now discount—you could have a stunning vehicle in your collection, and a strong investment in your portfolio.