This startling car, based on an early production DB7 Vantage, had a body shape made of exposed extruded aluminium structural elements; body panels made from plastic and carbon fibre are fitted between the aluminium exoskeleton.
Whilst most concept cars are just mock ups, like almost every other Aston concept that I can think of the Twenty Twenty a fully functioning road car. It is powered by front mounted, supposedly uprated version of the 6 litre V12 from the DB7 Vantage, claimed to produce 500bhp – visible through a grilled fairing on the bonnet. Initially it appears to be a strict 2 seater, although the rear bulkhead can be removed to provide seating for two children. The soft top is stored in its own special housing that can be slotted into position between the roll-bar and the windscreen, ‘Targa’ fashion. Notice the fantastic door hinges – derived from the classic Aston wing vent, are both decorative and functional elements.
Giorgetto Giugiaro and Aston Martin previously co-operated in 1961, when Carrozzeria Bertone worked on the two-seater DB4GT Jet coupe prototype. And like the original ‘Jet’ car, the 2020 is destined to remain unique. Aston Martin are believed to have thought the 2020 ‘interesting’, but no plans were ever made even for limited production.
In March 2004, I received an e-mail claiming the 2020 was for sale, but I have been unable to find any reference to this anywhere. But the car was seen for the first time in the UK at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, June 2005. The current whereabout of the car is unknown but it its suspected that Italdesign Giugiaro still own it , keeping it somewhere in Italy.