First seen at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the Rapide based Bertone Jet 2+2 was the unquestionably the most elegant and spectacular Aston Martin at the show. It celebrates both the centenary of Aston Martin and also the 60th anniversary of the first colaboration between AM and Bertone, the DB2/4 Spider by Bertone. This unique shooting-brake was commissioned by the private British Aston Martin enthusiast and collector, Barry Weir. Weir took part in the whole development of the project, from the first phases of the styling to the manufacture of the car in the workshop. The project has also had the complete approval from AML in Gaydon who were more than happy to supply the base car.
The Jet 2+2 was manufactured by “Bertone Officina” (Bertone Workshop), a new company department organized as a high fashion atelier, especially created for the production of custom-built models in the historical tradition of Bertone. It rather neatly follows on from the 2004 Bertone Jet 2, a two door shooting brake based on the V12 Vanquish. Bertone Officina offers a “tailor made” service for special customers, but also offers an example of how Bertone could help other manufacturers to vary their own range making custom-built concept cars, exactly as they did in the Fifties and Sixties.
The front grille appears to be identical to that of the Rapide S although the Jet 2+2 was actually based on a regular Rapide with the 470 bhp 5.9 litre V12. It retains the same wheelbase as the donor car as well as the same overall dimensions. The shooting-brake styling makes the muscular yet elegant Jet 2+2 somewhere between an estate and a coupé.