|We first reported the existence of the Aston One-77, via our own sources, in Edition 21 last August ( also see here .. https://autobabes.com.au/content/Misc/index.php?page=-Aston177).At that time, the car was little more than speculation and all we had was a company media release to go by, and we were lucky to have even that. Now, less than a year later, the Pride of the British Fleet Supercar has been un-veiled in shows around the world and tempted more than one millionaire out of $AUD3Mil ! In this case, it’s one of our very own down under .. but who it is exactly remains a mystery .. as reported by our friends at CarsGuide.com.au
Who is the wealthy person who has put a deposit on a $3 million-plus Aston Martin One-77?
The British carmaker certainly isn’t saying, nor is anybody at Barbagallo Aston Martin in Perth, where the order was reportedly placed.
There’s also only conjecture about whether the order was placed before the GFC (global financial crisis), whether a deposit was handed over – and whether it can be redeemed if the deal falls through.
But there are some possible contenders for the car among West Australia’s money club, where there are still some large bank accounts able to struggle along despite the large chunks gobbled by GFC.
One potential pair of hands to get a grip on the Aston Martin’s wheel would belong to Fortescue Mining Ltd chief executive Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forrest. However his previous fortune of $9.41 billion last year has dropped to $2.92b this year. While that’s still a lot of money, the size of the shrinkage means the usually canny Forrest is unlikely to be seen splashing out.
Then there’s Australia’s richest woman, iron ore magnate Gina Rinehart, whose kitty has drawn level with Forrest since dropping from $3.69b in 2008 to $2.92b. However – unlike a certain female relative she temporarily acquired with her late father’s remarriage – Rinehart isn’t given to flashy display.
One of West’s former favourite sons (and also former bankrupt and convicted fraudster) Alan Bond returned to the BRW Rich 200 list last year – after a nine-year absence – at number 157 spot with a nest egg of $265 million built on his overseas mining interests. However, while Bondy always enjoyed flaunting his spoils, he’s seldom seen in Perth these days.
It’s not unlikely that the order may have been placed by one of the West’s many wealthy Malaysian or similar dual-residency citizens who keep lavish homes there for regular playtimes.
On the other hand, it could even have been ordered by somebody from another state who is going outside their own backyard to try and keep the purchase quiet. Although there’s a limit to how discreet you can be once there’s a One-77 coming out of your driveway regularly.