Back in October, we reported that a mysterious buyer had spent $26 million to buy the tooling and design for the Vanquish from Aston Martin. Supposedly, the sale was supposed to be kept quiet, but the news leaked anyways after it was included in some publicly available financial documents. So far, though, the identity of the buyer has remained a secret. Or has it?
Recently, British automaker Morgan Motor Company, the brand known best in the U.S. for its 3-Wheeler, announced plans for a new model. So far, all we know is that the car will be a front-engine, rear-drive coupe built on a bonded and riveted aluminum chassis. But as Automotive News points out, that description sounds a lot like the Aston Martin Vanquish. On top of that, both automakers are British, and Morgan is small enough that it would make sense for it not to develop its own chassis.
So is that it? Did Morgan buy the Vanquish from Aston Martin? We may never know. When asked, neither company would say, although Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer did confirm that the Vanquish had been sold to a customer that didn’t want the Vanquish name attached to its product. Palmer also told Automotive News that he only agreed to the deal that included business help from Aston Martin Consulting after being given “reassurance about the way the car was executed.”
“We turn down about 80 percent of opportunities that come to us. This one looked good,” said Palmer.
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