Aston Martin debuts the Vanquish Centenary Edition

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 21, 2013

To celebrate Aston Martin’s 100-year anniversary, the automaker will be showing off 500 very special vehicles. These are broken down as follows: 100 copies of the Vanquish, V8 Vantage, Rapide, and DB9. These vehicles will feature several very expensive and stunning cosmetic upgrades. First of all, a unique type of paint will be used.

The centenary edition paint is graduated, meaning that the base color is finished with spray tints that make the paint appear darker at some points on the body panels. The light gray paint of the Vanquish smoothly makes a transition to slate gray at the top of the hood. However, Aston pledges that this same process is offered with about five other shades.

This fade is done by hand so it takes about 18 hours longer to accomplish (from about 50 hours for the stock car). This also makes it a very expensive process. The traditional enamel winged badges from the hood and trunklid were removed. Instead, Aston Martin placed solid sterling silver ones with enamel inlays. The sill plaques are finished in sterling silver and they’re also engraved with the edition number (1- 100) of every car.

Those who buy the centenary models will get the usual two glass keys as well as leather carrying pouches that match the seats’ leather. This is the same deep soft black leather that was used on the One-77 hypercar, finished with silver contrast stitching and silver Aston Martin logos embroidered in the head restraints. Aside from the keys, pouches, and polishing cloth, those who buy the centenary Aston Martin cars will also be getting a solid silver rollerball pen, a pair of Bang and Olufsen headphones (which references Aston’s B&O in-car sound systems), and solid silver Aston Martin cufflinks.

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