Aston Martin releases Centenary Edition models


Evidently our little retrospective on models past wasn’t quite enough of a celebration for Aston Martin of its 100th year in business, as the company’s just announced a quartet of special editions to mark the occasion.

'Graduated' paint finish. No, we're not sure either.
'Graduated' paint finish. No, we're not sure either.
A Centenary Edition of the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish will all be available, with just 100 examples of each to be sold. Changes won’t be expansive – they’ll amount to a ‘unique graduated’ paint finish, whatever that means, as well as sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges on the outside. Meanwhile, inside the Centenary Editions will get ‘Deep Soft black leather’, which previously only featured in the One-77, as well as contrast silver stitching and embroidery in the headrests and a sterling silver sill plaque.

What’s more, if you order one, you’ll get a unique presentation box containing a number of gifts, such as glass keys, bespoke key pouches, solid silver cufflinks, a Rollerball pen and Bang & Olufsen headphones. All of which is lovely, but perhaps a little less trinketry and a little more oomph wouldn’t have gone amiss, as would befit Aston’s illustrious past? Not that it will matter too much; these Centenary Editions are sure to be snapped up, at any cost. Which is handy, because prices are strictly on application.

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  • Matt UK 18 Jan 2013

    Shall we guess the asking price?

    I reckon £300k

  • j_s14a 18 Jan 2013

    Gorbyrev said:
    Congratulations Aston Martin. It amazes me how much grumbling there is on AM threads here on Pistonheads. Even a 6 cyl DB7 turns my head. IMHO Callum era Astons are one of the great styling triumphs of motor design in our era. I just don't understand anyone who says "meh" to a DB9. Personally, I'd love a drive in one, let alone have it on the driveway. As for the shady shading on the paint I like the look of it and it will be interesting to see if this makes its way down the automotive marketplace some time soon.
    I love the DB7, I love the Vanquish and I love the DB9. When the V8 was released, I thought it was gorgeous, despite being a DB9 'mini-me'. But they're not being adventurous any more (although the new Vanquish looks gorgeous from some angles)

    Aston need a new design direction badly.

  • Gorbyrev 17 Jan 2013

    Congratulations Aston Martin. It amazes me how much grumbling there is on AM threads here on Pistonheads. Even a 6 cyl DB7 turns my head. IMHO Callum era Astons are one of the great styling triumphs of motor design in our era. I just don't understand anyone who says "meh" to a DB9. Personally, I'd love a drive in one, let alone have it on the driveway. As for the shady shading on the paint I like the look of it and it will be interesting to see if this makes its way down the automotive marketplace some time soon.

  • gaucimiura 17 Jan 2013

    LuS1fer said:
    gaucimiura said:
    Er, is it me, or does the graduated paint make the Vanquish in the picture look a bit "Chrysler Crossfire"?
    It's you...but I suspect you knew that. wink
    Sorry - I thought it looked a bit like it. First thing that sprang to mind. Obviously just me then?


  • LuS1fer 16 Jan 2013

    gaucimiura said:
    Er, is it me, or does the graduated paint make the Vanquish in the picture look a bit "Chrysler Crossfire"?
    It's you...but I suspect you knew that. wink

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