2015 will be the year when Aston Martin Works marks its diamond jubilee and in order to celebrate the 60 glorious years at Newport Pagnell, the company will build six limited edition sports cars. The six bespoke vehicles are all versions of the current Vanquish in either Coupe and Volante form and will be created in partnership with Aston Martin’s Gaydon-based design team Q by Aston Martin.
Each vehicle will be tailored in order to reflect one of the six decades being celebrated, but the most interesting thing is that each car comes with bespoke rotaries around major controls in the centre console. The catch is that each rotary has been cast from metal that had formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine of the relevant period.
According to Aston Martin, the rotaries will be laser etched with Work’s 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 and 2005-2015: Original Vanquish.
Each vehicle will receive the standard 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 568 bhp and 465 lb-ft (630 Nm) of torque at 5,500 rpm. The Vanquish is able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, while top speed exceeds 200 mph or 320 km/h.