European tour of Aston Martin is part of centenary celebrations

Article by Anita Panait, on April 24, 2013

Aston Martin is taking its centenary celebrations on tour to certain dealer locations all over Europe. At the center of the British luxury carmaker’s centenary lineup is the new Aston Martin Vanquish, its ultimate GT and 2013 flagship model. Displayed alongside the new Vanquish is the oldest Aston Martin in existence, the A3 from 1921 that represents the founding legacy of the British luxury auto manufacturer.

The new Vanquish and the legendary A3 will be joined by the iconic Aston Martin DB5 that was first produced in 1963. These three Aston Martin will represent the carmaker in its centenary celebrations across Europe, touring 19 Aston Martin dealerships in eight countries. The Aston Martin special trio will be displayed in showrooms and participate in exclusive customer events.

Jeffrey L. Scott, Managing Director of Aston Martin Lagonda of Europe, called that the carmaker’s European tour as an inspiring moving history, as this will be the first opportunity for many to get a glimpse of one of the earliest Aston Martins alongside the new flagship model, the Aston Martin Vanquish. He added that the presentation underscores the “very special way” Aston Martin has advanced as a “strong and independent company” 100 years into the 21st century.

As part of its 100-year anniversary, Aston Martin is creating 500 very special vehicles: 100 copies each of the Vanquish, V8 Vantage, Rapide, and DB9. These special edition vehicles will feature several expensive and stunning cosmetic upgrades.

Each of these 500 Aston Martin centenary vehicles will be wrapped in a unique type of paint. The centenary edition paint for these models is graduated, meaning that the base color is finished with spray tints to the paint appear darker at some points on the body panels. For instance, the light gray paint of the Vanquish seamlessly makes a transition to slate gray at the top of the hood.

This fade is achieved by hand, taking about 18 hours longer than on a stock Aston Martin car. Typically, wrapping an Aston Martin with a normal finish takes around 50 hours. This means that the entire process is very expensive process.

The sill plaques on each special edition of the the Vanquish, V8 Vantage, Rapide, and DB9 will be finished in sterling silver and are also engraved with the edition number (1- 100) of every car. Buyers of the Vanquish, V8 Vantage, Rapide, and DB9 centenary models will receive the usual two glass keys as well as leather carrying pouches matching the seats’ leather. They will also receive a solid silver rollerball pen, a pair of Bang and Olufsen headphones as well as solid silver Aston Martin cufflinks.

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