One of just 77 supercars built by British brand wrecked in Hong Kong.
The ultra-rare Aston Martin One-77 is now even rarer following reports of a high-speed crash involving one of the British-built supercars in Hong Kong.
An image posted on Chinese site weibo.com shows the aftermath of the crash, with the car sitting on the back of a low loader truck. Only one image has been seen of the wrecked car so far.
The sold-out limited production One-77 - there were only 77 cars built (hence the name) - is regarded as one of the most sought after – and expensive – supercars on earth.
Prices for the car varied dependent on the buyers location and the level of personalisation desired, but buyers from China were apparently willing to spend as much as 47 million Yuan – or roughly $7m – to secure one of the vehicles.
In Britain, it cost about £1.4m, while the Australian asking price was rumoured to be $4 million at the time it was released in 2009. One local buyer was believed to have put a deposit on a car, but it is unclear whether it was delivered.
It’s not known if this car was one of the vehicles bought for $7m, but reports suggest the car’s owner was from Shenzen, China, and the damage was the result of the car hitting the curb at high speed.
The owner of the car is said to have taken delivery of it just weeks ago. Supercar site Shmee150 says the car was believed to be “brand new and one of the last to be built although the [build] number is unknown”. No registration plates were on the car at the time, and according to some reports the car may not have been registered or insured.
The main passenger cell of the car appears unharmed despite extensive front and side damage, which could be due to the Aston’s ultra-strong carbon fibre monocoque, one of the One-77’s most unique features – along with its 7.0-litre V12 engine producing 522kW/750Nm.
The crashed car is expected to be shipped back to the UK for further assessment and to see if the damage is repairable.
If not? Well, punters might just start calling the desirable Aston Martin the One-76.