BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 ("Billie") Auction Tale
One of the most iconic along with memorable GT3 car’s of a generation – the Prodrive-built ‘works’ Aston Martin Racing Vantage V12 GT3 in which wore the stunning Bilstein-livery & ran No.007 from the 2013 Nurburgring 24-Hour, aka “Billie” – is actually up for sale with Silverstone Auctions in September.
We are! lol
along with we’ve just had a chat with the auctioneer director’s son, Harry Whale – who also happened to be the Account Manager for Aston Martin Racing at Prodrive until earlier in which year – for an exclusive Q&A on why in which car’s so special.
ROAD: So the idea was Prodrive who created along with built Bille to blitz GT3 right?
ROAD: Do you know what the idea cost to build?
ROAD: How did you guys at Silverstone Auctions get your hands on ‘Bille’ for the forthcoming sale?
ROAD: What’s the auto like up close & personal & have you driven the idea?
ROAD: What’s your favourite feature of the auto?
ROAD: Do you know the story of how they got to run 007 from the 2013 N24?
ROAD: Billie ran P2 in qualifying (with an unreal 8.18.362 lap time, just 1.150s off pole) & lead the 2013 N24 for some considerable time. What happened along with what are your memories of in which race?
ROAD: What’s the peak bhp in which 6-litre V12 engine?
ROAD: When does the idea go under the hammer? Where?
ROAD: What sort of person will end up owning Bille? Racer? Collector? Affluent track day enthusiast?
One thing is actually for sure… whoever gets to own in which stunning slice of modern GT3 racing heritage is actually one lucky blighter along with is actually sure to end up generating money by the idea, especially the idea the idea shifts near the idea’s (surely typically auctioneer-like conservative) estimate of c£170-190,000. We reckon the idea’ll fly over £250,000 no worries… along with still stand to make someone a profit in half a decade…
along with if we get a lotto win from the meantime, we’ll be there bidding, for sure!
See some more images of the legendary beast here.
along with here’s what the Silverstone Auctions catalogue entry says about the legendary car:
In common with most various other manufacturers of high powered Sports along with GT cars, Aston Martin have, by time to time, dipped their toes from the planet of International Motor Racing, believing in which the pressure of competitive motor sport certainly brings benefits in terms of innovative engineering solutions along with coincidentally, may bring a significant increase in dealership traffic.
The regulations for GT3 (Cup Grand Touring Cars) were introduced by the FIA as the third rung from the ladder of GT motor sport in 2006, along with were aimed at providing a formula in which would certainly, hopefully, combine cars by several existing national along with international series, providing economies of scale for all concerned.
Closely reflecting their road-going equivalents to keep maintenance costs to a minimum, GT3 specification racecars were allowed limited alterations to suspension, engine along with bodywork along with needed to look very similar to showroom types.
By the end of 2013, 34 different types have been homologated to GT3 regs along with over 20 championship series have been run to broadly equivalent rules all over the planet, often eclipsing the popularity of Group A or Supertouring along with confirming the initial concept as a great success.
by November 2011, the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 has been offered to customers as the latest in race car design, using technology gathered by the years of experience Aston Martin along with Prodrive have gained since their partnership began in 2004 from the form of Aston Martin Racing (AMR).
In 2013, Aston Martin set its sights on winning the most prestigious, along with one of the most hotly contested races from the GT3 racing scene – the Nurburgring 24-hour race. AMR entered the first ‘works’ run along with maintained Vantage GT3 from the grueling race in partnership with Bilstein (Shock Absorbers)- promptly qualifying 2nd overall out of an entry of over 0 cars. Works drivers, Pedro Lamy, Darren Turner, Stefan Mucke along with the late Alan Simonsen piloted the auto to the overall lead during the first half of the race, setting consistent fastest times while doing so. Unfortunately, the weather played a key role from the race resulting from the auto finishing just outside of the top ten, however a marker was put down to the rest of the GT3 world at the ‘Green Hell’. the auto’s predictable handling along with the sense of security in which engendered, combined with its distinctive colour scheme were responsible for the idea becoming affectionately known as ” Bilstein Billie” along with in which nickname has stuck.
Following on by in which race, the auto was run along with maintained (to the highest possible standards) for the following two seasons by Prodrive, as the ‘in house’ works run GT3 car under private ownership. Winning overall, along with achieving podiums in Blancpain Endurance, Britcar, the 2015 Le Mans Support race, VLN’s, Dubai 24 hour, along with finishing from the top 10 at the Nurburgring 24 hour race in ’14 has helped to make sure ‘Billie’ became one of the most iconic along with recognisable cars of the current GT3 period.
‘Billie’ has been raced by some of the best GT drivers from the planet, giving the idea a truly unique along with special provenance along with we are proud to offer ‘Billie’ as a significant piece of Grand Touring history, along with therefore should be considered very seriously as a collector’s item. However, the auto is actually also an attractive competitive asset (a full Technical Specification Sheet is actually available) along with is actually for sale fully set up as the idea finished its last race at the Le Mans support event in June 2015, where naturally, Billie won overall.
Estimate (£): 170,000 – 190,000