The Aston Martin Vanquish mystery might just be solved. Last month, Automotive News wrote that Aston had sold the tooling and design drawings for its outgoing Vanquish supercar for £20 million ($26 million), and since then, fellow U.K. carmaker Morgan has announced it is working on a brand-new model — with suspiciously similar specs.
Aston wouldn't confirm it, and Morgan denied it, but here are the overlaps: Morgan is better known for its 1950s-originating, wood-framed, tally-ho sports cars, but it does occasionally show flashes of modernity. This new car will be a rear-wheel drive, front-engined coupe, and it will be built on a "new" bonded and riveted aluminum chassis, very close to the Aston specs.
The chassis will be used first for a new "wide-body" Morgan wearing its more traditional styling and then for a more avant-garde flagship model, due for launch "within five years" the company said. No engine was mentioned.
Morgan currently sells only its 3 Wheeler car in the U.S. but has been awaiting the implementation of a law that would allow it to sell its more traditional four-wheeled cars here as replicas.
Aston CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News that he agreed to sell the Vanquish tooling and offered the services of Aston Martin Consulting to help with development after receiving "reassurance about the way the car was executed," adding that the customer didn't want the Vanquish connection named.
"We turn down about 80 percent of opportunities that come to us. This one looked good," he said.