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Enthusiasts dealership in Austria wants to sell DTM-Aston-Martin: 1.7 million euros!

12:40  18 march  2020
12:40  18 march  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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What happens to the Aston Martin Vantage cars after the R-Motorsport-Aus in the DTM? There was talk of a sale by HWA to China and even of a possible comeback in the upcoming DTM season . But suddenly one of the cars was spotted in the showroom of a car dealership in Velden in Austria!

Not in the gray-blue R-Motorsport design, however, but in the unusual dark green paint job. "This is the test car," clarifies Alexander Armbruster, managing director of the Velden dealership in an interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com'.

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"We have good contacts with HWA and were commissioned by them to sell the car," he explains how the Vantage came about on January 23, January - a day before the R Motorsport was announced. Exit - landed in Carinthia on Lake Wörthersee.

Why the DTM Aston Martin is suddenly green

Whether the DTM car is a special eye-catcher for passers-by? "We even have a Racing Point Formula 1 racing car from 2018," says Armbruster, who specializes in limited-edition sports cars.

But how much do you have to put down for the good piece that is still owned by HWA? 1.68 million euros. Included in the price: commissioning of the vehicle, two-day driving event and guarantee of spare parts supply. However, the car is not approved for road use, so it can only be operated on the racetrack.

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There are sales-related reasons why the Vantage is no longer gray, but was wrapped in the classic "British Racing Green". "But it can also be designed differently at the customer's request," explains Armbruster. This also applies to the other four Aston Martin racing cars, which are still in Affalterbach at HWA.

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"There are still several other vehicles for sale," confirms HWA board member Ulrich Fritz at the request of 'Motorsport-Total.com'. "The branding of these vehicles ultimately depends on the individual customer request of the potential buyer."

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Incidentally, the test car was only completed when there was a long crisis between HWA and R-Motorsport. The background? "It was always planned that we would build five cars because at some point we wanted a test car," explains Fritz, pointing out that the project was originally planned to last more than a year.

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"That is why the fifth car was of course also intended for procurement. Against this background, we built the car over the course of the past season. It went into operation sometime, I think in October or November."

Planned sale to Hong Kong: Corona no help

In contrast to the four emergency vehicles, the bolide is only ten kilometers long, which was completed during a function test. The Carinthian dealer also offers the car on the Internet - but all five cars are still for sale.

About the dealer in Austria "one car was offered as an example on the Internet - that is, so to speak, representative of the others," explains Ulrich Fritz. "The individual approach of potential customers is in the foreground of this price and product segment anyway."

But does that mean that the sale to Hong Kong, which had started to spin in the autumn due to the protests, has finally failed? "I do not think that it can already be said that the sale to Hong Kong has finally failed," replies Fritz. "The fact that the corona eruption was added did not help. It still applies: we are looking for alternatives."

With images from DWA Autohaus Velden.

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