The last of the great hand-built Aston Martins from Newport Pagnell. One of 101 built. Peatland Green with parchment leather. 34,985 miles.
Not to be confused with the early Virages, the V8 Coupe is, in essence, a Vantage shorn of its twin Eaton superchargers. It's built on a Vantage platform with Vantage bodywork (made prettier by the V8's unique mesh grille) and is powered by the same 5.3-litre V8 motor complete with Vantage heads and Vantage cams. The other difference to the Vantage is softer suspension, with more comfortable, smaller tyres than its big brother.
The result? A car that's more usable, more of a grand tourer (the previous owner took this car to Le Mans twice) and less half the price of a Vantage.
This car has a complete and documented service history with all bills and MOTs. We have researched all the owners - the car was bought new from Grange Aston, Essex on 18th November 1996. The first owner was an early National Lottery winner - and bought the registration number MB 1 from Max Bygraves to go with it! Serviced by Aston Martin dealers / Works Service for the first ten years of its life and then by Aston Martin specialists.
Electric and heated seats, windows, mirrors, etc. Everything works as it should. Original un-used tool kit. Aston Martin indoor car cover. Professionally stored with battery conditioner and monthly exercise. Just had MOT with no advisories. Personal Plate 400 VXX included in sale if required.
First registered in Germany on 9th March 1992, this is a very rare genuine European specification Left-Hand-Drive Honda NSX (as opposed to an Acura from the USA). Registered in the UK on 10th February 1998 by the current owner.
Having been in dry, indoor storage for several years, we have just completed a full check-over, service (including a cam belt and water pump replacement), and brake and ABS fluid change, etc.
Everything works as it should, including air-con and Bose Hi-Fi. It is full ready to use and to enjoy.
The car has been properly looked after. Before going into storage, it was used as a second or third car and for trips between Devon in the UK and Germany. Having covered 157,500km (98,500 miles), the car is in very good, original condition and drives very well.
We have replaced the coolant pipes, radiator and have fitted a new battery. It has recently had a new clutch, oil sump and stainless steel brake lines. The car is available with the original wheels (that been freshly refurbished and new tyres fitted) or aftermarket 16”/17” wheels.
Apart from an aftermarket upgraded lightweight exhaust silencer (making the car sound better), the car is completely original and unmodified.
The car has a thick document file with the original German handbook , the original German and current UK registration documents, stamped service book showing services in the UK and Germany, many invoices and receipts, and two sets of original keys.
Sale to any other country is no problem and we can help with registration in the EU.
There are ten sub-species of Tiger: Three are extinct. Of the remaining, the South China Tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) is by far the rarest. Found in central and eastern China, according to the World Wildlife Fund for Nature, the South China Tiger is listed as critically endangered. It is estimated to be functionally extinct. Currently 47 South China tigers live in 18 zoos, all in China.
We run a little zoo here for endangered NSXs. There are also ten sub-species of the original NSX.
Which is the rarest? It is this one: A 1998, pop-up lights, 3.2 six speed manual Targa. In 1998, Honda UK sold 10 cars. Only 1 was a 3.2 Manual Targa, coincidently in Midnight Purple, with tan leather, the same specification as this one. So when this car was bought by its current owner - an international businessman working in Japan - and returned to UK, it doubled the numbers from one to two. Shame they were not a breeding pair.
It’s been in captivity (professional storage) with us ever since. It has covered 76,000km (47,500 miles) from new.
We have just completed a full check over and a full cam belt service was carried out less than 200 miles ago. We have fixed all mechanical faults, no matter how small. The owner has recently spent over 10,000GBP with us on restoration, maintenance and servicing. It has new tyres, on perfect, unmarked wheels. A new MOT has just been issued with no advisories. It has excellent paintwork and superb, unmarked leather.
What makes someone buy something and then keep it for twenty-five years?
In today’s consumerist, disposable society of in-built obsolescence, this is even more an interesting question.
I’m not a person who has ever spent a moment’s thought on brand loyalty. I’m not loyal to brands. I wouldn’t buy the latest Ferrari, Porsche or Prada jacket just because of the label or the badge. I don’t think of brands as defining my identity. It’s just not how I view the world.
I’d like to think that the type of person that buys and keeps a Honda NSX shares my view. Brands are a triumph of marketing over design and engineering. Brands play on our emotions rather than our needs. It’s products - and good design - that matter, not brands.
The Honda NSX is simply a brilliant product. Reliable and dependable over the long haul. Excellent but understated. Classy but not pretentious. Never ostentatious but not anonymous. Now I’m getting emotional - but for the right reasons.
Kazuo Shimizu, the Japanese racing driver and motoring journalist, said: ‘I recommend any new owner to get to fully understand this machine and really discover the subtleties of its performance. This is a car that will only reveal itself to you slowly, but it’s definitely worth investing time in. A lifetime later, you’ll still be having fun discovering new things about the NSX.’
That’s why the owner of this car bought it new from Rowe’s Garage Truro on the 16th August 1991 and kept it for the next twenty-five years.
It is a five-speed manual in the classic Formula Red, black roof and black leather interior.
It has covered 57,576 miles and has a full Honda service history, including three cam-belt changes. It has nineteen Honda main dealer stamps in the service book and we have a file with invoices and all MOTs. Last year we carried out a full service inspection and fixed anything that needed doing. It is completely original, un-modified and has possibly the best provenance of any NSX we have seen.
If you are a slave to brands, buy a Ferrari. If you want a brilliant car, that will be a joy to own, then buy this.
Sometimes I think that owning a 911 is a bit like being married to Angela Merkel. Reliable, dependable, effective. A bit overweight. A rather old design that has improved over the years. Really strong and stable (as opposed to ‘that’s-what-my-advisors-told-me-to say’ pretend strong and stable). I bet her husband (like a 911 owner) is just a little bit smug having convinced himself he’s made such a wise decision.
However, owning a Noble M12 GTO-3 is like going out with Kate Moss. British. Bonkers. Certainly not carrying any extra pounds. Some parts of her look like they come from Dagenham. If you look closely, you can see some signs of age. But on the whole she still looks absolutely fantastic. Other men will give you discreet nods of knowing approval. They know about these things. Others will want to take your photograph. On the whole, whenever you take her out, you can be guaranteed of the best time ever.
This Noble GTO-3 was first registered 1st March 2003. With three owners from new, it has spent most of its life in the owners’ garages, having completed only 24,900 miles. Dark metallic blue with blue Alcantara / black leather interior. Four-point race harness, as well as the inertia reel seat belts. It has the 3R-spec Duractec 3.0 V6 (with track-day sump), with the 6-speed Getrag gearbox and Quaife ATB LSD . It also has the 3R perspex covered headlights.
We have just carried out a check over and full service with all new fluids (including Mobil 1 engine and gearbox oil, uprated brake fluid, spark plugs, etc). The MOT history shows that it has had regular, low use throughout its life. It has passed the MOT for the last seven years with no advisories.
This is simply a superb classic British sports car. There are very few cars that are as usable, so brilliantly capable, and fun to drive. Good examples are getting rarer and this is a perfect opportunity to acquire a low-mileage M12 GTO-3.
Unfortunately, I don't have Kate's number. But please call 01483 898888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to arrange a viewing of this brilliant Noble.
2004 Noble M400
Three American academics, Sharon Belenzon, Aaron K. Chatterji and Brendan Daley have recently published a paper about eponymous businesses (they won’t be naming any businesses after themselves).
It appears that talented and confident entrepreneurs are more likely to name their firms after themselves. The academics formulated some impressive equations that show entrepreneurs who share a surname with the business they have founded send a powerful signal about their confidence that translates into greater success than firms with anonymous names. Businesses named after their founders do 3% better than those that are not.
But what happens when that talented and confident entrepreneur leaves the business? Well, I can find no academic research to base my theory on - but more often than not the business goes to shit.
Lee Noble was all that was great about small-scale British sports car manufacturing. An engineering genius of the ‘old-school’. From a small office with a desk and a drawing board in an unassuming industrial unit in Leicestershire, he designed and built some exceptional cars. The M400 was the last of the Lee Noble cars. After he left the business, it hasn’t been quite the same.
The M400 was improved over the previous M12 models with high-lift camshafts, forged pistons, larger turbochargers and revised fuel injection, revised engine mapping, a larger oil cooler, a larger baffled oil sump, and a re-designed and much improved revised gear shift. Chassis improvements included Dynamics race dampers and uprated springs, and the addition of a front anti-roll bar.
This particular car was first registered 8th December 2004. Three owners from new. Only 24,000 miles. Monza red. “M400” Alcantara interior with Sparco race seats and a four-point race harness, as well as the inertia reel seat belts. Recent MOT with no advisories
It has been professionally maintained by Plans Performance regardless of cost and has had £1000’s spent on sensible, discrete upgrades to improve performance and reliability. The car comes complete with a full documented service history and all receipts for the work done.
Thanks to new Garrett GT2860 turbochargers; Piper re-packable stainless steel exhaust system; Pro-Alloy uprated intercooler; and revised fuel pumps and fuel injection, power has been increased by 33 percent over the standard M400.
The car has an aircraft-style quick-release engine loom by TE Systems. Engine management has been improved using a Motec ECU – mapped by MacKellar Racing on Advanced Motorsport and Engineering’s chassis dyno.
This map makes full use of the mid-to-top-end torque in the rev-range, ensuring that the car is easy to drive on the road as well as providing fantastic, usable power on the track – unlike many turbocharged cars.
Much effort has been focused on making the car reliable: by moving all the critical electrical systems into the passenger compartment (Dry-cell battery, engine management systems and critical relays); upgrading the clutch and gearbox (steel bearings, shot-peened and super finished gears, and a thermostatically controlled gearbox oil cooler), and managing heat by upgrading the engine oil coolers and ducting, etc etc.
Cosmetic enhancements include a flat base alcantara steering wheel, carbon fibre mirrors and door handles and a motorsport rear diffuser.
Noble only made 75 of these cars. Weighing 1000kgs, with the upgrades this car has a better power to weight ratio than the original Bugatti Veyron.
The result is simply a superb multi-purpose road and track car. There are very few cars that are as usable on the road and so brilliantly capable on the occasional track day. Possibly the best M400 to come to the market from some time.