In the auto industry, manufacturers often celebrate milestones with limited edition cars. So it is no surprise that Aston Martin Works decided to mark its diamond jubilee with a special edition vehicle. Aston Martin Works, the service and restoration division of Aston Martin, is turning 60 in 2015 and is celebrating with six bespoke models.
The six limited edition cars from Newport Pagnell are actually six different versions of the current Aston Martin Vanquish GT, and are available in either coupe or Volante forms. The vehicles are a collaborative project of Aston Martin Works, the automaker’s design team and its personalization arm, Q by Aston Martin.
Aston Martin Works is making only six units for a reason: each car represents a decade of the restoration center’s history. All ‘Works 60th Anniversary’ models are easily recognizable because these will feature trim and exterior paint that distinguish it from standard Aston Martin models. However, the most distinguishable feature of the limited edition cars is found inside. The metal for all the rotary controls in the center console of each special edition Vanquish is taken from pistons of six Aston Martins the center built over its 60-year history.
“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,” Aston Martin Works said in a statement.
Aston Martin Works revealed that the controllers in the six bespoke Vanquishes were derived from the pistons of the engines of the following sports cars: 1955 to 1965 DB 2/4 Mk II saloon; 1965 to 1975 DB5; 1975 to 1985 V8 coupe; 1985 to 1995 V8 Vantage X-pack; 1995 to 2005 V8 Vantage supercharged; and 2005 to 2015 Original Vanquish.
The center noted that the relevant piston has been taken from an engine “that has been rebuilt or reworked at some point in its life.”
On Friday, December 12th, Aston Martin Works unveiled the first of the six limited edition models at the center’s Christmas celebration for customers. Pictured above is the Vanquish that represents the 2005 to 2015 decade. This Volante convertible wears white exterior and sports Anniversary Yellow trim (as seen in the side strakes and wheels). It also features white and black duotone upholstery with yellow stitching, “heavy weave carbon fiber” trim, the Q badge in the fenders, as well as engraved sill plaques.
All six Works 60th Anniversary cars will feature the same powerplant under the hood. Just like the standard Vanquish GT, the limited edition models will be powered by a 6.0-liter V12 gasoline engine paired with the Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission.
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