LONDON: Aston Martin has unveiled a special edition of Vanquish on the Newport-Pagnell Works facility’s 60th anniversary.
Just six of these bespoke, highly customized cars will be built, and they’ll feature a bevy of unique appearance features, plus one especially cool material: the pistons of some of Newport Pagnell’s most amazing heritage cars will be used to create the metal rotaries surrounding the major controls in the centre console.
One piston will be used in each of the six special-edition Vanquishes, each car built to honour an era; one piston will be drawn from the engine of each of the following heritage cars:
1955-1965: DB 2/4 Mk II saloon
1975-1985: V8 Coupe
1985-1995: V8 Vantage X-pack
1995-2005: V8 Vantage supercharged
2005-2015: Original Vanquish
Aston has taken the piston from an engine that required rebuilding or reworking at some point in its life, so the pistons used in the creation of the unique interior trim of the Works 60th Anniversary models come from real, working, production engines. They’ve been fired, perhaps millions of times, in the course of their use.
That’s a pretty amazing bit of history built into a car built to honour that history. The piston-metal trim will also have special Works Anniversary wording laser-etched into each rotary. Other key identifiers for the Works 60th cars include: Anniversary Yellow side strakes and alloy wheels; unique era-specific logos etched into the side sill plates; white/black Duotone seat panels; a new form of heavy-weave carbon fiber.
Otherwise, each of the cars will be a standard Vanquish under the skin, including the 6.0-liter V-12 engines and 200 mph top speeds. Both Volante and Coupe versions will be offered among the six one-offs.