Next year marks the 60th anniversary of Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire. This was the historic home of the manufacturer, where some 15,000 cars were built between 1955 and 2007 before production was shifted to Gaydon, Warwickshire.
So it’s only natural that Aston would release something special to acknowledge the place of their birth. Except, they didn’t release just one commemorative car: they’re releasing six special edition models and they’re all based on the venerable Vanquish. They’ll feature a bevy of unique appearance features and rare materials – the pistons of some of the classic Aston 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 Vanquish models and each car will be built to honour an era in Aston’s history. Pistons will be lifted from various cars including the 1955 DB2, 1965 DB6, 1975 V8 Coupe and even the original 2005 Vanquish.
The cars of course retain the standard technical features of the Vanquish super GT such as its six-litre V12 petrol engine mated to the manufacturer’s Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox. This provides the Vanquish with genuinely spirited performance: the 0-100km/h time is a mere 3.6 seconds and the maximum speed tops 322km/h.
Aston has taken the pistons from engines 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. Prices of these rare celebratory Vanquish models are yet to be announced.