Aston Martin debuts exclusive models

Last updated 09:51 17/01/2013
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Aston Martin Vanquish: The car has similar proportions to the earlier cars, but the pinched waist and the curves around the centre of the car are new.

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Aston Martin is celebrating its 100th birthday with 100 exclusive cars in each of its models - the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish.

The iconic British sports car brand's 100th birthday was on January 15 and the company marked the occasion with the unveiling of the bespoke Centenary Edition Vanquish.

Specifications for these "Centenary Edition" models include a unique graduated paint finish, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges with tailored ''trans flux'' enamel inlay and a special Aston Martin hallmark.

The unique finish added an average of 18 hours to a paint process that can already take more than 50 hours to complete. The custom-made paint is meticulously built by adding special ''tinters'' to create the darker inner colour and then applied to each panel by hand, using a special mini-jet spray gun.
A Centenary Edition Aston Martin is also identified inside by its exclusive and luxurious treatment. Deep Soft black leather – previously featuring 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 are among the features unique to the car.

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, 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 be handcrafted at the company's global headquarters at Gaydon, in Warwickshire.

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