Bertone has a history of designing striking coachbuilt Aston Martins, but this Rapide-based Jet 2+2 is a true work of art, as the only example in existence
The beauty of coachbuilding is that you can pair the marque you desire with the design of your dreams. Back in the 1920s, '30s and '40s the practice of buying a chassis from a manufacturer and taking it to your favoured coachbuilder was as commonplace as sending your suit to the tailor.
The almost lost art is undergoing something of a renaissance in the modern era, the end results being some highly desirable and very rare designs such as this Aston Martin Jet 2+2 by Bertone found in our classifieds.
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Aston Martin has been the subject of many Bertone designed cars, but the most notable are the Jet series. Back in 1968 the Italian design house revealed the one-off Aston Martin DB4 GTS Jet that was a striking redesign of the British GT car. In 2004 the Aston Martin Vanquish was transformed into a shooting brake concept car dubbed the Jet 2, and in the same year a DB9 received the same treatment.
The DB9 Jet 2 caught the eye of car collector Barry Weir, who hoped to buy it. His offer of acquisition was a non-starter, with the show model being used as Lilli Bertone's personal car. Come 2012, Bertone called Barry asking if he would be interested in building another Jet model, based on the Aston Martin Rapide. Of course, the answer was yes and, with Aston Martin’s blessing, work began.
The Aston Martin Rapide is an intriguing car in standard form. This low-slung V12 powered 2+2 GT effectively gave potential DB9 customers the ability to ferry additional passengers while retaining the sports car stature of the DB model. Bertone’s design turned the Rapide into a shooting brake that offered additional head room and luggage space.
The plan was to put the car into limited production but Bertone went into receivership soon after, so no other cars were produced. It remains a beautiful design today, some six years after its reveal at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
Now up for sale, the Aston Martin Bertone Jet 2+2 has logged 10,000 miles via its naturally aspirated 6.0-litre V12 engine. Finished in its original shade of silver, this handsome car is totally unblemished. Inside you’ll find cream leather and beautiful woodwork that lines the load bay of the boot.
The car is currently listed with Classicmobilia with pricing upon appointment.