To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Aston Martin has launched special Centenary Editions of its models
The unveiling in January of the bespoke new Centenary Edition Vanquish showcased a painstakingly created specification that will be available worldwide on just 100 examples of each of the marque’s model lines: the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish. Among its special features are a unique graduated paint finish and sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges at the front and rear.
Aston Martin CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez, played a key role in the creation of the unique paint treatment, tasking Design Director Marek Reichman and his team with the development of a suitably exclusive and desirable specification. “Clearly, the centenary is a great occasion for our business, our customers, and our fans around the world,” Dr Bez explains. “We have developed these exceptional Centenary Edition models which will, I am sure, quickly become highly desirable and sought-after.”
Each Centenary Edition model will also be supplied with a unique 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 cufflinks featuring the Aston Martin script, a solid silver Rollerball pen and high quality Bang & Olufsen headphones. The gift box will also include a silver polishing cloth to help owners ensure the silver centenary wings badges and sill plaques on their car keep their lustre.
Some specification details will vary market by market around the world but all cars will, as ever, be painstakingly handcrafted at Aston Martin’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Gaydon.
Marek Reichman says: “The team has looked closely at the individual contour lines of each of the cars to determine not only the right colours and shades, but also to create a template by which the paint changes from dark to light and where the graduated effect sits.”
Prices for the Centenary Edition models are obtainable on application at Aston Martin’s146 dealers in 42 countries worldwide.
Featuring a unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges with tailored “trans flux” enamel inlay and a special Aston Martin hallmark, the exterior represents an exclusive new celebration of the marque’s 100-year history.
A Centenary Edition Aston Martin is identified inside by its exclusive and luxurious treatment. Among its unique features are Deep Soft black leather—previously featured only in the One-77 hypercar—with contrasting silver stitching, a special silver thread embroidery of the Aston Martin wings in the head restraints and solid sterling silver sill plaques individually numbered with an Aston Martin hallmark.
The process of creating the unique Centenary Edition paint finish clearly demonstrates the brand’s commitment to bespoke luxury. Adding an average of 18 hours to a paint process that can already take more than 50 hours to complete, the unique graduated finish is meticulously built by adding special “tinters” to create the darker inner colour. This custom-made mixture is then applied to each panel by hand, using a special mini-jet spray gun.
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