If, as Socrates reckoned, contentment is natural wealth and luxury is artificial poverty, then the Aston Martin V12 Speedster is very luxurious indeed. This pared-back roadster does without a roof, windows, or even a windshield, the last omission being the most obvious when driving it in England while trying to avoid frequent rain showers.
As with the similarly naked Ferrari Monza and McLaren Elva, the V12 Speedster is designed for those in search of something truly different. We imagine the sort of affluent collectors who already have garages filled with fully glazed exotica. Inspiration for its design was drawn from Aston’s DBR1, which is high in the running for the title of best-looking race car of the 1950s. The Speedster also bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the CC100 one-off that Aston built to celebrate its centennial in 2013. The company’s current design director Miles Nurnberger oversaw the creation of both that car and the Speedster. He also cites some influences from the One-77 in the latter’s swoopy carbon-fiber bodywork. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.