Aston Martin has announced a limited run of special anniversary edition models based on four of its model lines, in batches of just 100 worldwide.
By Press Association reporters
The Centenary Edition Vanquish, DB9, V8 Vantage and Rapide will be revealed in due course, with the Vanquish the first to see daylight with a host of special upgraded parts and visual niceties that will largely be shared by all the other ranges.
A unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin badges on the wings with ‘trans flux’ enamel inlays and a special brand hallmark define the exterior, while on the inside buyers can enjoy ‘Deep Soft Black’ leather upholstery, which was previously only seen on Aston’s outrageous One-77.
The seats also get contrasting silver thread and special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the headrests, all placed next to solid sterling silver door sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark.
Each Centenary Edition model will also be supplied with a presentation box containing a number of exclusive gifts to mark the first 100 years of the company. These include two glass keys, two bespoke key pouches made from leather matching the car’s interior trim, solid silver Aston Martin cufflinks, a solid silver Rollerball pen and high quality Bang & Olufsen headphones.
It will also contain a silver polishing cloth to ensure that the precious metal maintains its lustre. The paintwork will need great care, being made with a special technique that adds 18 hours onto an already 50-hour process.
Prices for all the Centenary Edition Astons are available only on application at one of the firm’s 146 dealerships across the globe.
Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez explained: “Clearly, the centenary of Aston Martin is a great occasion for our business, our customers, and our fans around the world.
“It is only right, then, that we have developed these exceptional Centenary Edition models which will, I am sure, quickly become highly desirable and sought-after.”
He added: “The chance to own and enjoy such a stunning piece of Aston Martin’s heritage is made all the more rare by the fact that we are limiting numbers to just 100 of each model line. I am sure supporters and enthusiasts of the brand worldwide will be anxious to secure their chosen model quickly!”