Aston Martin’s V12 Speedster is, quite literally, breathtaking. Hurtling across the English countryside, I’m just glad for the full-face safety helmet I crammed in my travel bag before leaving home. Without it, I’d be gasping for breath in between the giggles and guffaws as this 300km/h supercar scrabbles for grip on rain-soaked asphalt. As well as leaving off the roof, Aston has firmly grasped the “less-is-more” mantra for the Speedster and left off the windscreen as well. Yes, just like the Ferrari Monza and McLaren Elva, this Aston Martin example is untroubled by glass. Without it, arriving anywhere after an enthusiastic drive should add a whole new meaning to the term “bad hair day.”

Minimalist supercars are all the rage at the moment, so it’s a surprise that some of the 88 examples of the V12 Speedster being built are still available to buy. The approx. $1,054,000 price could dampen enthusiasm, especially when a DBS Superleggera Volante, with the same 5.2-litre V-12 engine, is less than half the cost. And in Australia, the Speedster’s outrageous design means it can only be enjoyed on a racetrack.