Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his Aston Martin Cygnet

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 12, 2011

Lady Moss received a new Aston Martin Cygnet for her birthday from her husband, international motorsport legend Sir Stirling Moss, at the Royal Automobile Club on the eve of her big day. A private celebratory dinner was planned in the clubhouse at the Royal Automobile Club.

When they arrived, there was a new Aston Martin Cygnet displayed in the central rotunda. For six months, Sir Stirling and Aston Martin secretly corresponded to get this surprise right.

Sir Stirling Moss said that his wife is his “greatest partner” in everything that he does. He said that since January when he first saw a pre-production Cygnet, he knew that it was the “perfect car” as it is a “proper little piece of British luxury and perfect for our life in town.”

The hand-crafted Aston Martin Cygnet took 150 hours to finish at the Gaydon headquarters. In terms of design and craftsmanship, it shares much with the other sports cars of Aston Martin. The Aston Martin Cygnet is perfect for urban residents as it is practical but still elegant and distinctive.

The Cygnet was launched in May 2011. European dealers have started to take orders for this model. Like other Aston Martin vehicles, it could be personalized to go with the individual’s taste, providing a new luxury level and bespoke capability to city cars.

The Aston Martin Cygnet is a compact luxury car that takes inspiration from grand tourers, racing cars and other high performance cars that have made the Aston Martin name famous. It may be made for city driving, but the new Cygnet sets a much higher standard as to how luxurious it should be.

Aston Martin CEO Ulrich Bez remarked that the new car is proof of the company’s commitment to integrity and innovation. Bez adds that the carmaker is bent on doing everything right. If it is performance you are after, then you can rely on Aston Martin for the highest standards in performance.

The CEO said that they do not downsize their sports cars and that the Cygnet is just that, a “car without compromise.” He further explains that the Cygnet is what their customers are looking for: a small car for city and urban driving. And the carmaker pulled out all stops to make sure that the car retains the personality, artistry and intelligence of the Aston Martin brand.

Aston Martin Cygnet is the embodiment of the idea that size stands for freedom and speed on city roads. It measures only three meters long, which provides the driver more freedom when on the road. You could easily get into gaps in traffic, be more fuel efficient, and cut on emissions, and you do not even need a big parking space! All these while still enjoying the best comfort and quality that only the British luxury carmaker can guarantee.

Aston Martin Director of Design Marer Reichman commented that the Cygnet might be a small car but it is very luxurious and certainly perfect for the city. You could also personalize and customize your hand-finished Aston Martin Cygnet to your taste through its wide selection of textures, colors, and materials. According to Reichman, luxury is never limited by size.

A product of the carmaker’s experience in technology, design and craft, the Aston Martin Cygnet is just perfect for the future city where luxury is commonplace and expected. It will also ensure that you will never run afoul with social and legislative changes that frown on the use of anti-urban products. The Cygnet has been designed and engineered to head off these changes, making it viable even under new market conditions.

The Cygnet is future-proof, in short. Dr. Bez described it as a “very special car” that combines a smaller size with premium luxury in such a way that the personality, heart and soul of the Aston Martin brand are retained. And it helps that you can style it according to your preferences.

The Cygnet is one of the British automaker’s first major production cars at its top-notch factory that began operating in 2004, giving more emphasis on British manufacturing and supporting local jobs and suppliers.

Press Release

Sir Stirling Moss Becomes One Of First Aston Martin Cygnet Customers

At the prestigious Royal Automobile Club last night, international motorsport legend, Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his newly purchased Aston Martin Cygnet; a surprise birthday present for wife, Lady Moss.

One of the closest teams in motorsport for many years, Sir Stirling and Lady Moss planned a private celebratory dinner on the eve of her birthday at the Royal Automobile Club in its clubhouse the century old, ‘palace on Pall Mall' in London. On arrival they were met with the sight of the new Aston Martin Cygnet on display in the magnificent central rotunda - the culmination of six months planning and ‘secret' correspondence between Sir Stirling and Aston Martin to plan a surprise birthday present for Lady Moss.

Sir Stirling Moss said: "My greatest partner in everything that I do, Susie is an amazing person and frankly the best wife a man could have. Since seeing a pre-production Cygnet in January I knew that it was the perfect car for Susie; a proper little piece of British luxury and perfect for our life in town."

Hand-crafted at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, taking 150 hours to complete, the Aston Martin Cygnet shares much in terms of design and craftsmanship with the company's sports cars. Elegant and distinctive, individual and practical, the Aston Martin Cygnet is the ultimate Tailor-Fit solution for city living. Launched in May 2011 with first customer orders arriving at European dealers now, Cygnet is hand-crafted for the city and like every Aston Martin it can be uniquely personalised to suit individual taste and style, bringing a new level of luxury and bespoke capability to city cars.

Specifications for Lady Moss's car include Sir Stirling's choice of Aston Martin Racing Green, harking back to the company's sports cars that Sir Stirling raced in the 1950s, as the paint colour. This iconic exterior has been complemented by a simple and elegant interior hand crafted in Obsidian Black leather with a contrasting coarse silver stitch, forming a typically understated combination.

Adding to the occasion and its ongoing theme of long standing relationships with the marque, the Cygnet has been supplied through HWM Aston Martin, based in Walton-on- Thames, who were appointed as an official Aston Martin dealer in 1951. The longest serving of the company's global network of 134 dealers, HWM Aston Martin was started 60 years ago by fellow Aston Martin Works Driver George Abecassis who actually gave Sir Stirling his first Grand Prix drives in 1951/52 in HWM-built cars.

Sir Stirling's own driving career with Aston Martin saw him drive a number of the company's racing cars including the famous DB3S and DBR1 models with great success. This culminated in being part of the factory team that in 1959 secured the company the World Sportscar Championship following victories in the DBR1 at such prestigious races as the Le Mans 24-hour.

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