Aston Martin is 100 years old, but rather than celebrating with a small glass of sherry and slinking off to bed early, it’s decided to commemorate the occasion by releasing Centenary Edition DB9, Rapide, V8 Vantage and Vanquish models.
Just 100 examples of each Centenary Edition car will be available worldwide, all of which will be identifiable by a “unique graduated paint finish”, solid sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges with tailored ‘trans flix’ enamel inlay and a one-off Aston Martin hallmark. Birthday bling, in other words.
The special paintjob, which takes around 80 hours to complete at Aston Martin’s manufacturing plant in Gaydon, Warwickshire, is applied panel by panel using a mini-jet spray gun. It darkens and lightens, depending on the contour lines of the car. Design Director Marek Reichman explained: “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.”
On the inside, each Centenary Edition Aston will pack soft deep black leather, which is usually reserved for the incredibly rare One-77 model. They also get silver stitched Aston Martin wings embroidered in the head restraints and solid sterling silve sill plaques with the production number of each car.
Every Centenary Edition car will come with two glass keys, bespoke leather key pouches that match the interior, solid silver Aston Martin-branded cufflinks, a solid silver Rollerball pen, a polishing cloth for all your new bling and a pair of Bang & Olufsen headphones.
Prices for the centenary editions are available on application but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford.
Aston Martin was formed by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford back in 1913. It originally went by the name Bamford & Martin before making the switch in 1914, the company having seen a string of successful runs at the Aston Clinton Hill climb event in Buckinghamshire, England.