Aston Martin Works is celebrating its 60 years of bespoke creation with the commission of six limited edition sports cars.
The first of these six limited edition models is being unveiled during the company’s customer Christmas celebration on December 12. The celebration also marks the start of 12 months of anniversary events at Aston Martin Works. All of these six bespoke cars are versions of the current Vanquish super GT. Created in either Coupe or Volante form, these sports cars were built in cooperation with Aston Martin’s design team based in Gaydon and the Q by Aston Martin personalization service.
Interestingly, each of the six limited sports cars is designed to reflect one of the six decades being celebrated. These six bespoke creations – all rare and ultra-desirable sports cars – are collectively known as ‘Works 60th Anniversary’ models.
To set apart the Anniversary cars from their typical counterparts, they feature a number of distinguishing elements like trim and paint colour treatments. In addition, bespoke rotaries are found around the major controls in the center console of each of the bespoke Vanquish models. Each of these rotaries has been cast from metal that previously formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine of the relevant decade – DB 2/4 Mk II saloon (1955-1965); DB5 (1965-1975); V8 Coupe (1975-1985); V8 Vantage X-pack (1985-1995); V8 Vantage supercharged (1995-2005); and Original Vanquish (2005-2015). The relevant piston has been derived from an engine that has been rebuilt or reworked. These rotaries feature laser-etched Works’ Anniversary wording.
The Aston Martin Design team, as led by Chief Creative Officer Marek Reichman, provided the design direction for the Works Anniversary cars while the Q by Aston Martin personalization team delivered on the bespoke elements in each car’s construction.
Paul Spires, Aston Martin Works Commercial Director, remarked that the project is regarded as a harmonious cooperation across the whole business, as developed to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell. He remarked that he is looking forward to unveil the first of the Works Anniversary cars at the Christmas celebration, and to build and deliver the remaining models in 2015.
Aston Martin Works commenced the project in July this year, with its team meeting with designers from Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters to lay out their plans. The Works staff worked in close cooperation with Reichman and his team and with Q by Aston Martin bespoke personalization division to develop the ideas for the ultimate 60th anniversary collectors’ item cars.
Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP and Q by Aston Martin Sales at Gaydon, quipped that colors of the six bespoke sports cars reflect and celebrate the progress Aston Martin Works have made over the past six decades. He noted that while these models celebrate the past, they also point to the brand’s a bright and exciting future. Adding that these new Vanquish models will be a notable part of the brand’s history at Newport Pagnell.
These Works Anniversary cars are identified by certain elements like the Anniversary Yellow side strakes and alloy wheels and the new Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary logo etched onto their sill plates.
Spires added that the project presented quite a challenge for them. For instance, the cars’ colored side strakes have never been attempted by Aston Martin while sourcing pistons from the correct engines in the correct decades was an equally challenging feat.