Road-Legal Aston Martin One-77 Prototype Had Its AC Fixed For $45,000

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but there's no denying the Aston Martin One-77 is one of the most beautiful modern cars. Originally previewed with a 1:1 scale model at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, the stunning supercar made its debut at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show where the Gaydon-based marque brought a rolling chassis finished in metallic blue. The actual production car was unveiled the same year at the Concorso d'Eleganza Ville d'Este.

Priced at a hefty £1 million, the One-77 was the fastest Aston Martin ever at the time, topping out at over 220 mph (354 km/h). Power came from a naturally aspirated 7.3-liter V12 Cosworth engine with 750 hp and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) routed to the road via a six-speed automated manual transmission.

Only 77 production cars were ever made, but the gorgeous coupe became slightly less exclusive when the 78th car hit the road. This video tells the story of a One-77 prototype that was turned into a street-legal car. Carrying the chassis number "10711," this is the last of the eleven prototypes built by Aston Martin. It was subjected to numerous track tests at the Nardo circuit in Italy as well as at the Nürburgring in Germany.

It went up the famous hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and traveled to North America where it attended various events organized by dealerships. This One-77 also appeared on the cover of duPont Registry magazine in February 2012. About three years later, it served as a Safety Car for the Aston Martin Racing Festival at Le Mans and it also attended an SRO Ultra Sports Club event during which one of the side sills caught fire.

After an eventful life as a prototype, the One-77 was retired with 23,835 miles (38,358 kilometers) on the clock. Instead of being crushed, the V12 beauty was sold to a private owner who decided to turn it into a road car and register it in the United States as one of the only seven One-77s in the country. Aston Martin needed seven months to restore the car, stripping it down to bare aluminum and painting the body in Copper Pearl, which hides underneath this satin chrome wrap.

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