I have always liked the original Aston-Martin V8, which began with the Aston DBS fitted with a Vantage Triple Webber 4.0 I6 325bhp engine and wire wheels in '67.
However, if I had lottery money to spend, this is what I'd do to one:
I'd have 2 1/2 inches chopped from the lower doors and sides cutting out the entire heavy existing floor - sort of a chop top in reverse making the body lower and thinner. And I'd have the aluminium body placed onto a custom lightweight alloy tubular space frame.
I got the idea from Leno when he converted his Toranado cutting out the floor and frame and putting the body on a modified Corvette tubular frame; dramatically lowering it's weight. But Jay didn’t raise the floor level, thus thinning the body.
At the same time I'd have the wheel arches opened up a little higher and the front wheel arch moved a few inches forward as well along with the new front suspension, effectively moving the engine rearward from the front axle-line. I'd also have the rear De-Dion rear axle and suspension replaced by a modern transaxle gearbox (like Corvette - but at this money probably a custom light throw dual clutch racing unit) to further push weight rearward. And to this new chassis I'd fit custom 17in titanium wire wheels, 8in in front and 12in in back. Now for the engine!!!
Instead of the 4.0 325hp I6 I would have it fitted with the Aston-Martin V8, which began life as a 5.0 V8. But now Aston will re-engineer that engine out from 6.4 to 7.3 with 450-600bhp. I'd be happy with the 7.0 V8 fuel injected engine with 550bhp, but I’d add Nitrous Oxide for a happy 800bhp burst of power on demand. Yes!!!!
I like the late model Aston-Martin's but this would be one cool ride.
You could buy a good donor car for say $50K but the custom work above, including new leather and show paint, would add $450K. But well worth it for a one-off ride. If you had lottery money. What do others think?