2015 marks the diamond jubilee of Aston Martin Works, six limited edition sports cars are being produced to celebrate 60 years at Newport Pagnell.
The six bespoke cars, all versions of the current Vanquish GT (coupe or Volante) are being created by the luxury British brand’s Gaydon design team, as part of its ‘Q by Aston Martin’ personalization service. Each of the cars is subtly different, each tailored to reflect one of the six decades.
Limited edition ‘Works’ Vanquish – model details
A number of elements distinguish the Anniversary cars including trim and paint colour treatments. But, perhaps, the most emotive part of each car will be the bespoke rotaries around major centre console controls. Each rotary has been cast from metal that once formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine.
The six pistons have been drawn from the following Newport Pagnell-built sports car engines:
1955-1965: DB 2/4 Mk II saloon
1975-1985: V8 Coupe
1985-1995: V8 Vantage X-pack
1995-2005: V8 Vantage supercharged
2005-2015: Original Vanquish
Other unique features in the Anniversary cars include – 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, colour and trim treatments that include bespoke features such as contrast yellow leather stitching and heavy weave carbon fibre.
The cars retain the standard technical specification of the standard Vanquish GT, with its 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine, eight-speed automatic gearbox, endowing the car with a 0-60mph of 3.6 seconds and the maximum speed of over 200mph.
Prices for the six cars are available on application at Aston Martin Works.
The design process
The process of creating the bespoke Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish models began in July of this year, as the Works team met with designers from Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ to scope out their plans.
Dr Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP and Q by Aston Martin Sales at Gaydon, said: “The colours of these six unique cars have been very carefully chosen to reflect and celebrate the progress of Aston Martin Works over those six decades”.
60 Years fo Aston Martin Works
2015 marks the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. The historic home of the Aston Martin,15,000 cars were hand-built between 1955 and 2007 at the site, before production moved to Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Aston Martin Works is now an approved global heritage service, restoration facility and dealership. Where owners and enthusiasts can view, purchase, service and restore cars from every era of the marque’s 101 years.