Aston Martin Works: working a limited edition Vanquish
Aston Martin Vanquish Works
60th Anniversary Limited Edition
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14th December, 2014
- Six bespoke examples celebrate Aston Martin Works 60th anniversary
- Cars incorporate aluminium from Aston Martin pistons of relevant eras
- Unique colour and trim treatments ensure exclusivity
Aston Martin Works – which marks its diamond jubilee in 2015 – is celebrating 60 glorious years at Newport Pagnell
with the commissioning of six limited edition sports cars.
The first of the cars was shown in England on Friday 12th December, at the Buckinghamshire-based firm’s customer
Christmas celebration, which commences 12 months of anniversary activities at Aston Martin Works.
The six bespoke cars, all versions of the current Vanquish in either coupe or Volante form, are being made in
association with the brand’s Gaydon-based design team, and its personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin.
Each of the six cars is subtly different, and each is tailored to reflect one of the six decades being celebrated.
The result is a collection of rare and ultra-desirable sports cars that will be recognisable as ‘Works 60th Anniversary’
A number of elements distinguish the Anniversary cars including trim and paint colour treatments. But, perhaps, the
most unique part of each car comes in the form of a fine detail: bespoke rotaries around the major controls in the centre
console of each Vanquish.
Each rotary has been cast from metal that, previously, had formed a piston in an Aston Martin engine of the relevant
period. These rotaries are then carefully laser etched with Works’ Anniversary wording.
The six pistons have been drawn from engines in the following Newport Pagnell-built sports 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
In each case, the relevant piston has been sourced from an engine that has been rebuilt or reworked at some point in
Design direction for the Works Anniversary cars came from the Aston Martin Design team, led by Chief Creative Officer
Marek Reichman, while the bespoke elements of each car’s construction have been delivered by the Q by Aston Martin
personalisation team at the brand’s current factory in Gaydon.
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Aston Martin Works Commercial Director, Paul Spires, explained on Friday: “This project has been a harmonious
co-operation across the whole business, developed uniquely to celebrate 60 years of Aston Martin Works at Newport
“I’m thrilled to be unveiling the first of these cars at our Christmas celebration, and look forward to seeing the
remaining models being built and delivered to customers throughout the course of our anniversary year in 2015.”
The process of making the bespoke Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary Limited Edition Vanquish models began back in
July of this year, as the Works team met with designers from Aston Martin’s Gaydon HQ.
Working closely with Marek Reichman, his team and the brand’s bespoke personalisation branch the Works staff developed
their ideas for the 60th anniversary cars.
Dr Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP and Q by Aston Martin Sales at Gaydon, said: “The colours of these six
unique cars have been very carefully chosen to reflect and celebrate the progress of Aston Martin Works over those six
“Celebrating the past, but pointing very much toward a bright and exciting future, too, these Vanquish models will,
I’m sure, very quickly become a notable feature of the brand’s history at Newport Pagnell.”
Identifiable as Works Anniversary cars by features such as their Anniversary Yellow side strakes and alloy wheels, the
six Vanquish also feature the new Aston Martin Works 60th Anniversary logo which, like the colour schemes of the cars,
has been designed by the team at Gaydon. The vibrant and distinctive logos are etched into each car’s sill plates.
Paul Spires added: “We certainly gave ourselves some challenges with this project. Coloured side strakes such as
these have never been attempted by Aston Martin before, and sourcing pistons from the correct engines in the correct
decades was, of course, no small feat either.”
Unique features in the Anniversary cars include: rotaries made from worked metal of a heritage model piston from the
relevant era; distinctive Anniversary Yellow accents on the side strakes and alloy wheels; White/black Duotone seat
centre panels; unique sill plaques depicting the era the car relates to and featuring the Works Anniversary logo;
distinctive colour and trim treatments that include features such as contrast yellow stitching in the leather, and new
heavy weave carbon fibre.
The cars retain the standard technical features of the Vanquish such as its 6.0-litre V12 petrol engine matched in a
pioneering transaxle lay-out to the latest generation Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. This provides the
Vanquish with spirited performance.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.