Aston Martin is celebrating 60 glorious years at Newport Pagnell by rolling out six limited edition sports cars. The first of the cars has been revealed at the Buckinghamshire-based firm’s customer Christmas celebration, which also forms the start of 12 months of exciting anniversary activity at Aston Martin Works. It is a Vanquish super GT in Volante form and being created in association with brand’s Gaydon-based design team, and its ultimate personalisation service Q.
Each of the six cars is subtly different, and each is tailored to reflect one of the six decades being celebrated. The result is a collection of rare and ultra-desirable sports cars that will be instantly recognisable as ‘Works 60th Anniversary’ models. A number of elements distinguish the Anniversary cars including trim and paint colour treatments. But, perhaps, the most emotive part of each car comes in the form of a fine detail: bespoke rotaries around the major controls in the centre console of each Vanquish. Each rotary has been cast from metal that, previously, had formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine of the relevant period. These rotaries are then carefully laser etched with Works’ Anniversary wording. The six pistons have been drawn from engines in the following Newport Pagnell-built sports cars: 1955-1965: DB 2/4 Mk II saloon, 1965-1975: DB5, 1975-1985: V8 Coupe, 1985-1995: V8 Vantage X-pack, 1995-2005: V8 Vantage supercharged, & 2005-2015: Original Vanquish.
Design direction for the Works Anniversary cars came from the Aston Martin Design team, led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, while the bespoke elements of each car’s construction have been delivered by the Q by Aston Martin personalisation team at the brand’s Gaydon factory. Aston Martin Works Commercial Director, Paul Spires, explained: “This project has been a harmonious co-operation across the whole business, developed uniquely to celebrate 60 years of Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. “I’m thrilled to be unveiling the first of these cars at our Christmas celebration, and look forward to seeing the remaining models being built and delivered to customers throughout the course of our anniversary year in 2015.”
There are distinctive Anniversary Yellow accents on the side strakes and alloy wheels, White/black Duotone seat centre panels, unique sill plaques depicting the era the car relates to and featuring the Works Anniversary logo, distinctive colour and trim treatments that include features such as contrast yellow stitching in the leather, and new heavy weave carbon fibre. The cars of course retain the standard technical features of the Vanquish super GT such as its 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine mated in a pioneering transaxle layout to the latest generation Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. This provides the Vanquish with genuinely spirited performance as it accelerates from 0-96.5kmph in a mere 3.6 seconds and the maximum speed tops 322kmph.