December 18, 2002 |
Aston Martin is set to tease fans next month with the world debut in Los Angeles of a two-seat, aluminum, concept car based on the DB7 Vantage Volante and aimed specifically at the American market. The Volante is a ragtop convertible, but Aston Martin says the concept car -- dubbed the DB AR1, (for American Roadster) -- will have a heavily revised aluminum bodywork by Italian design house Zagato.
August 29, 2001 |
The world is right again. James Bond will be back in the driver's seat of an Aston Martin in the next 007 film, working title "Bond 20," to be released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. next year. In a one-pic placement pact with the studio, Aston Martin Lagonda agreed to pay an undisclosed fee to have the fictional British agent drive a new Aston Martin Vanquish in the film. (Rumors picked up by Highway 1's Secret Service agents say it is a seven-figure deal, at least).
April 6, 2005 |
Value has two faces. The one better known is basic, common, practical. It offers much, costs little. It's an easy buy for the masses. The other visage is more exclusive. It turns away from the ordinary in passionate pursuit of power, beauty and soul. It seeks to distinguish itself from its own class. It costs much. But its patrons see only its virtues, not its expense. In that regard, it is value as oxymoron -- the priceless available to a special few for a price.