Aston Martin Works, the company's heritage and restoration center, will celebrate its 60th anniversary in Newport Pagnell, U.K., by launching a limited-edition Vanquish coupe and Volante. Limited to just six units in total, the special Aston Martin Vanquish receives numerous visual upgrades.
Each of the six Aston Martin Vanquish models is uniquely tailored to its customer -- and to celebrate a specific decade in the 60-year history. The first car, a Vanquish Volante convertible revealed today, wears white paint with gold wheels and trim, Q badging, white-and-black two-tone upholstery, engraved door sill plates, special "heavy weave" carbon-fiber trim, and special Aston Martin Works insignia. The infotainment system control knob is engraved with the words, "Newport Pagnell 2005-2015." The Works facility is sited on Aston's original factory; in 2007, production moved to Gaydon, so the Newport Pagnell location has since then served primarily as a heritage restoration and service location.
In fact, all of the main rotary controls on the center stack of the special Aston Martin Vanquish have engravings celebrating the 60th anniversary of the facillity, and all are made from previously used Aston Martin pistons. When rebuilding engines on older Aston Martin cars, the Works team kept one piston from a significant vehicle of various eras and melted them down to be reformed as the controllers on these special-edition models. The knobs come from the pistons of a 1955-1965 Aston Martin DB 2/4 MK II, a 1965-1975 DB5, a 1975-1985 V8 coupe, a 1985-1995 V8 Vantage, a 1995-2005 V8 Vantage Supercharged, and a 2005-2015 Aston Martin Vanquish.
Beneath the surface, the Aston Martin Vanquish has not been tweaked from standard specification. Its 6.0-liter V-12 engine continues to send 568 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Through the coming months, Aston Martin Works will reveal the five other unique versions of the limited-edition Vanquish that serve to commemorate the 60th anniversary. The cars have not yet all been sold, and Aston Martin Works says that pricing is available on request.
Source: Aston Martin