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Check out a unique collection of five vintage Aston Martin GTs and two owned by royals

The Aston Martin DBS is still a get, decades after it was new.

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A family of Aston Martin grand tourers will be auctioned at the Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction next weekend. Before they go up for sale, the auction house is letting you in to their garage to see the cars and learn the stories behind them.

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1991 Aston Martin Virage

1991 Aston Martin Virage

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The 1991 Virage in Suffolk Red is very striking and has just 1,010 miles from new. The Virage is a brutish car and has had just two former owners, one of whom was a titled and prominent gentleman. The vendor describes the car as "in stunning original condition" and is supplied with the original documents. Estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 this is a stunning car that has been well preserved and is in possibly unrepeatable condition.

2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

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The next Aston Martin is the 2002 Vanquish supplied by JCT600 in the February of that year. Presented in the rarer colour combination of Aston Martin Racing Green with an interior of Fern Green upper trim, Parchment Lower trim and Fern Green carpeting with Parchment Alcantara headlining. This made the car stand out from the more traditional option of Bond Silver. The car comes with an extensive history file and also the very rare and fully complete glovebox mounted accessory pack. Estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 and with 18,766 miles this is a very desirable Aston Martin.

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

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The fourth car in the Generation GT collection is the 1997 V8 Coupe estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 which has been regularly maintained by Aston Works and Aston engineering and more recently by marque specialist Christian Lewis. This is one of the rarer models of the Aston Martin V8 family and is presented in one of the best colour combinations of Pentland Green with a green-piped Parchment interior.

2003 Aston Martin DB7

2003 Aston Martin DB7

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The final car of the five is the 2003 DB7 with an estimate of £20,000 to £23,000 making it a great opportunity to own a V12 grand tourer. With 40,650 miles on the clock, this car has been fully maintained by main dealers and marque specialists and comes with a history file including the factory build sheet. A lovely car in Stronsay Silver with a Pacific Blue leather interior.

1969 Aston Martin DBS

1969 Aston Martin DBS

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The first car in the collection is the wonderful 1969 DBS, a model that found fame in the James Bond films. This DBS is presented in Dubonnet Red with a tan interior. Having had just five owners the current vendor thought he used it sparingly ensured it was regularly maintained at all costs and is estimated at £70,000 to £80,000.

1997 Aston Martin Vantage V550

1997 Aston Martin Vantage V550

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Those were the cars from the Generation GT Collection, but there are others also in the sale including a very rare 1997 Vantage V550 that was bought new by the Brunei Royal family. Estimated at £220,000 to £260,000 this right-hand drive Aston Martin spent its early life in Brunei until 2017. It returned to the UK the same year, where it was fully recommissioned at no expense and is now UK registered. It is thought that only 240 of these rare cars were hand-built and this particular car comes with the rare automatic transmission. As with most cars owned by the Brunei Royal family the mileage is very low at 4,468 miles.

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish

2004 Aston Martin Vanquish

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We then have a couple of Vanquishes, one from 2004 at £60,000 to £70,000 and a 2003 example which was sold from new to the Royal Privy Purse. Who in the royal family drove it, we can only guess, but it stayed with them until 2016 and had two owners since. With only 16,709 miles, it has an interesting story to tell and is estimated at £65,000 to £75,000.

Auctions start at 11 a.m. on July 31 and August 1. Parties interested in bidding can book a private viewing appointment by contacting Silverstone Auction directly.

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

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Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

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The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

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The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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This image of a young child was considered so perverted by some that Audi decided to apologize for it.

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Audi has apologized for an advertisement that shows an image of a young girl eating a banana while she stands in front of an Audi RS 4 Avant.

The apology was issued after outcry from critics on Twitter who pointed to perceived numerous flaws in the ad from the overt sexualization of the child because of the banana involved to the potential danger the child was in because she was standing in front of a parked vehicle that can go up to 174 mph.

In the three-part apology, Audi stated, "We care for children. We hear you and let's get this straight: We care for children. The Audi RS 4 is a family car with more than thirty driver assistance systems including an emergency break system. That's why we showcased it with various family members for the campaign."
The statement continues, “We hoped we could convey these messages, showing that even for the weakest traffic participants it is possible to relaxingly lean on the RS technology. That was a mistake! Audi never intended to hurt anyone's feelings. We sincerely apologize for this insensitive image and ensure that it will not be used in future. We will also immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.“
Some of Audi's Twitter followers said that, in their view, the criticism was likely unwarranted while others chose to concentrate on the fact that the model in the photo features a potent power plant. Others pointed out that they felt that the image was pro-pedophilia writing, in German, “I see a pedophile ad here. And child abuse. Disgusting and reprehensible.“

Though this is the first advertising slip up this year for the Audi brand, it's the second major ad folly for Volkswagen Group, Audi's parent company. In May, the company became embroiled in a controversy surrounding an advertisement that features a dark-skinned man being maneuvered around by the hands of a white woman. As the ad developed, the dark-skinned man ended up being flicked away from a yellow Volkswagen Golf, all while upbeat music played in the background.

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