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Aston Martin Centenary Edition for Vantage, DB9, Rapide, Vanquish

January 16, 2013

Up to 100 special ‘Centenary Editions’ of each the Aston Martin Vantage, DB9, Rapide, and the new Vanquish are being made to help celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. The specials will be available worldwide.

Featuring a number of bespoke highlights, the Centenary Editions are set to be very exclusive and sort-ought collectables in the future. They receive solid sterling silver Aston Martin badges with bespoke ‘trans flux’ enamel inlays, as well as a unique Aston Martin hallmark, and a ‘graduated paint finish’ for the exterior.

The special exterior paint process adds on average around 18 hours to the painting process, according to Aston Martin, adding to the already extensive 50 hours it usually takes. The paint is custom-made with the addition of tinters to create a darker under colour. The mix is then sprayed by hand onto each car using a mini-jet spray gun.

All versions also come with a special presentation box containing a number of exclusive gifts to mark the first 100 years of the company. The box includes 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 a high quality set of Bang & Olufsen headphones.

Dr Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin CEO, recently spoke about the special editions, saying,

“Clearly, the centenary of Aston Martin is a great occasion for our business, our customers, and our fans around the world.

“It is only right, then, that we have developed these exceptional Centenary Edition models which will, I am sure, quickly become highly desirable and sought-after.”

Australian market availability and on-sale details are yet to be announced. Aston Martin says these models are available to order now though, from 146 of its dealers throughout 46 different countries.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.