Aston Martin Celebrates 100 Years of Amazing Sports Cars With CC100 Concept

Aston Martin C100 Front

All photos from astonmartin.com

How does one of the greatest sports car manufacturers in the world celebrate its 100th anniversary? If that automaker is Aston Martin, it unveils the stunning CC100 Speedster Concept, a roofless two seater meant to bring the old DBR race cars of the 1950s into the 21st century. While Aston mostly dabbles in GTs, every now and then something sneaks out of the design studios that make it clear that high performance cruisers aren’t the only thing on the British marque’s mind (see: V12 Vantage, One-77). Featuring a carbon fiber body and the company’s ubiquitous 6.0L V12, the CC100 is excessive in a way that the Mercedes SLR Stirling Moss could only dream of.

With that monster engine under the hood, the CC100 makes the run from 0-60mph in less than 4 seconds, and is top speed limited to 180. Aston’s six-speed automatic transmission makes an appearance, but since this is the only example in existence, people like me won’t bitch and lament the loss of the manual transmission, etc. To be fair, though, if any car really deserves a manual tranny, it’s a relatively bare bones speedster like the CC100.

The car was revealed at the beginning of the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, with Aston CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez at the wheel, who did one lap of the famed circuit alongside the legendary Sir Stirling Moss, who piloted a 1959 DBR1. Being a concept, production of the CC100 took only 6 months, in a time when product planners need several years to bring a car from design sketch to the showroom.

While the concept is not intended for production, if enough Aston aficionados inquired politely and sent out a few blank checks, well… It would be hard to say no, wouldn’t it?

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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