Vintage & Classics

Everything old is new again: R-Reforged making Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins

R-Reforge is hand-crafting 19 pairs of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins.

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You don't have to choose between the coupe or the speedster. If your wallet has enough cheddar you can take purchase one of the 19 sets of Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato models R-Reforged is crafting. The cars are R-Reforged's first project.

The limited edition cars, dubbed the "Heritage Twins", will be hand built in celebration of the centenary of the Zagato Atelier (1919-2019) and 60-year long partnership between the Milanese "Signature" and British sports car manufacturer. The cars will be manufactured at R-Reforged's new facility in Warwick, Warwickshire, England.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins Silver and gold feature prominently on the first two models to come out of the shop.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged are undoubtedly a highlight of our centenary celebrations," says Andrea Zagato, "A beautiful, bespoke and intrinsic part of our history and creative association with Aston Martin. To own these collectible cars will be a very personal and emotional experience."

Each of the vehicles was created to join together two parts of the automotive world - iconic driver cars and the elegance of Zagato design cues that are synonymous with the Carrozzeria including a double bubble roof on the Coupe and 100th anniversary gold Z badging.

The body of the cars is carbon-fiber and includes a deployable rear wing.

Each of the models features a reworked version of the car's standard 5.9-liter 48-valve naturally aspirated engine to produce 85 bhp more than they did originally (600 bhp now).

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The car features a deployable rear wing.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

Further, the design of the cars has been tweaked to inlcude 19-inch bespoke alloy wheels designed by APP Tech to give the car a more muscular look.

Marella Rivolta Zagato, who co-runs the Italian design house, specified the first two cars. She explained: "When I was selecting the body colours, I looked for something that would simultaneously represent our 100-year heritage and our future. The most symbolic colours are gold and platinum, which are precious metals. Gold, an emblem of purity and distinction, is in my mind a tribute to our first century. Platinum is resistant to corrosion and has great catalytic capabilities, which is what I wish for our next 100 years!"

Most of the models are already spoken for. Reserving a model starts with placing an order and accepting a bespoke gift box. Fro there, owners will specify every element of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged with the designers at Aston Martin St Gallen in Niederwil, Switzerland, before being invited to witness the team of skilled craftspeople at R-Reforged's newly-created 30,000 sq. ft facility in Warwick, UK, produce their cars.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins The interior of the models is completely vintage (with modern accents) and delivers a low-tech experience.Photo courtesy of R-Reforged

The first two cars will be unveiled in summer 2020. Customer vehicle production will begin in the fourth quarter of this year.

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Motul has released a new line of lubricants for "rad" era vehicles.

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Motul has been around for 168 years, far longer than automobiles. The new Classic Line of lubricants have been specifically formulated for cars slightly newer, those that are members of the "rad" era. Motul's Classic Line features oils, detergents, and additives that the company has engineered to enhance the performance of older powertrains while offering improved protection.

Each Classic Line lubricant features an additive package with high-zinc (ZDDP) and molybdenum (moly) for reduced friction and increased power. Synthetic base oils and adapted detergent levels of each formulation are suited for metals and gasket materials that are common of the era of vehicle manufacturing. Advanced additives ensure that the lubricants meet or exceed American Petroleum Institute (API) standards.

Motul Eighties 10W30 Motul's Eighties formulation is made for forced induction engine vehicles.Photo courtesy of Motul

The Classic Line's products have high-adhesion properties that are designed to provide excellent cold flow properties to prevent engine wear during start-ups and to coat and protect engine internals and running gear during the periods of prolonged storage that collector vehicles often experience.

Motul Modern Classic Eighties 10W40 meets the needs of forced induction engines while Modern Classic Nineties 10W30 was designed for the demands of high-revving engines with more modern valvetrains. Both Modern Classic oils are the first products to offer high ZDDP and moly for "rad" era collector cars from these two decades.

To get the new 2100 Classic Oil 15W50, Motul revised its 2100 oil to better lubricate and protect naturally aspirated and forced induction engines with flat tappet cams common to the vehicles in the 1970s and beyond.

Motul Classic 10W50 Classic vehicles have different needs and their lubricants have a different formation than Eighties and Nineties branded oils.Photo courtesy of Motul

Classic Oil 20W50 is designed for hot rods, muscle cars, and collector vehicles, and uses additive packages fortified with ~1,800 ppm of ZDDP. According to Motul, this oil provides "improved protection for flat tappet or high-lift cams and high-performance engines with tighter tolerances and older elastomer gaskets; the medium detergent level also makes Classic Oil 20W50 an appropriate break-in oil for newly refurbished engines".

Straight-weight Classic Oil SAE 30 and SAE 50 are mineral monograde engine oils with low detergent levels, blended specifically for gasoline or diesel four-stroke engines generally produced before 1950.

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Heritage Customs offers a bespoke take on the vintage Land Rover Defender.

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The Land Rover Defender's body style is iconic. The most desirable boxy, utilitarian Defenders are two generations old, right before the Defender mutated into a model that looked like an old version bred with a London's black cab. It's these models that create the basis for the new Heritage Customs handcrafted luxury take on the Defender, called the Vintage.

Heritage Customs was co-founded by car designer Niels van Roij, who recently described the customization process:

"This likeable Dutch Vintage commission features a rich, soft green metallic paint. It feels right at home next to the Heather flowers in the forest as well as on the pebble stones next to the patron's striking monumental villa. For this Heritage Customs Vintage we selected our bespoke milled aluminium side- and bonnet vents whilst non-automotive tan Nubuck leather was applied to trim the seats, dashboard as well as rear benches."

Heritage Customs Vintage: Exterior

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Each auto has a teak wooden cargo floor with white rubber inlays, There's a Marshall speaker integrated into the cubby box. A hand-stitched tan canvas hood complements the interior color scheme while a wooden steering wheel replaces the traditional standard plastic unit. The SUV's center stack has been color-coded to the body and has metal switchgear on its fascia.

Distinctive aluminum details and color-coded extra wide steel wheels create a hardier looking luxury SUV in the example shown. A section of Heritage Customs-specific wheels are available.

Heritage Customs Vintage: Interior

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Customers are also able to select the bumper design of their choosing, whether it's a simple, clean unit or one of the custom made bumpers and side steps that Heritage Customs Vintage offers.

LED lights on all four corners complete the package.

The price of a Heritage Customs Vintage SUV start at €40,000, excluding taxes, depending on the preferred base vehicle and individual customer requirements. All Heritage Customs projects are 100-percent tailor-made and start out with sketches, based on conversations with the future owners.

The design and construction process takes about 1.5 months. Watch the video below to see how the undertaking occurs.

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