Aston Martin is celebrating 60 years of its in-house service and restoration business, Aston Martin Works, by building a run of six bespoke Vanquishes.
It goes back to the days when Aston didn’t really have any dealers, so owners had to take their cars back to the factory at Newport Pagnell to be serviced.
The factory has since moved to Gaydon, but the Works department has stayed at the original site, where do everything from oil changes to ground-up rebuilds.
The Anniversary Edition cars are based on the standard Vanquish, both coupes and drop-top Volantes. Power comes from a 6.0-litre V12 attached to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. 0-62mph takes a mere 3.6 seconds, with a top speed over 200mph.
Designed between the design team at Gaydon and Works staff, the Anniversary cars are built by Aston’s bespoke department, Q by Aston Martin.
Most obvious are the yellow side strakes and highlights on the wheels. The interior features black and white upholstery with more yellow detailing and unique sill plaques, each commemorating a different decade that Works has been in operation.
The centrepiece of the interior, though, are the rotary dials, made from a piston taken from a car built during each decade of Works’ existence.
Aston Martin Works Commercial Director, Paul Spires, explained: “This project has been a harmonious co-operation across the whole business, developed uniquely to celebrate 60 years of Aston Martin Works.”
“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,” added Matthew Bennett, General Manager of VIP and Q by Aston Martin Sales at Gaydon.
Prices are available on request, another way of saying it costs A Lot. Still, they’ve probably all sold out already.