RE: Aston Martin launches 'DBS 59' special edition

RE: Aston Martin launches 'DBS 59' special edition

Thursday 18th April

Aston Martin 'DBS 59' special edition: Update!

Aston releases new pics of the DBR1 homage DBS and, yes, it looks as good as you might hope



We've heard a great deal recently about Aston's near and distant future, but the brand hasn't completely forgotten about the here and now. To remind us that there is much to get excited about without the help of a concept car or your imagination, the manufacturer has just updated us on the progress of the DBS 59 - a limited edition run of the flagship Superleggera.

The crux of the update is pretty shots of a new Aston Martin - but that's okay because it's fairly easy to wile away five minutes admiring the commemorative DBS, and even more so when it's coated in Racing Green paint and other special design cues. You can read about the spec at greater length below, although suffice it to say that this is the first DBS 59 built, with just 23 to follow it down the production line at Gaydon.

The car is a 'Q by Aston Martin' effort, following on from other recent commissions, including the commendably zany Cygnet V8. That one-off model was a fine example of the kind of bespoke engineering effort that the manufacturer's personalisation service is capable of when primed with sufficiently large amounts of money. The DBS 59 is arguably less riveting - but certainly no less important to Aston's thrusting business model for what's left of the decade.











ORIGINAL STORY, AS REPORTED 02/11/2018:
Aston Martin is no stranger to special edition cars. From the Red Arrows Edition Vanquish to the DB5 Goldfinger, there have been all manner of machines created over the past few years to celebrate and commemorate the various milestones of Aston and its partners.

Some have been more successful than others, but this one seems right on the money - literally, Aston will hope. For starters it pays tribute to one of the marque's greatest ever creations, the magnificent DBR1, a car Sir Stirling Moss himself described as "the most important Aston Martin ever produced."


It is also perfectly timed. Last year saw one of the five original DBR1s become the most expensive British car ever sold, when it went under the hammer for £17.5 million, and with next year being the 60th anniversary of the DBR1's historic one-two finish at Le Mans, the timing could hardly be better to pay homage to the car.

To do so Aston Martin Cambridge has commissioned 24 examples of the bespoke 'DBS 59'.  Unlike the recent DBZ Century Collection, owners won't get a continuation DBR1 with their DBS - though they'll also be spending considerably less money. Instead they'll receive a DBS painted in Aston Martin Racing Green - which alone would be enough for us, because it looks superb - with carbon fibre roof and spoiler. The standard DBS wheels get a questionable lick of bronze paint, as do the brake calipers, grille surround and badges, while a small roundel bearing the production number of the car adorns the side.  


The cabin is clad in a combination of Obsidian Black and Chestnut Tan leather, with fabric "inspired by the DBR1 seat material" used to trim the seat backs and door inserts. Bespoke Saddle Leather helmet pods in the rear hold special replica crash helmets, while period blue race suits and string-backed gloves are included and a bespoke two-piece luggage matched to the car is available as well.

Aside from going a little Partridge towards the end there, then, the DBS 59 seems like a special edition Aston that you wouldn't be ashamed to actually be seen behind the wheel of. Although, should you miss out on being one of the lucky 24, Aston's standard 'Appletree Green' paint and Carbon Fibre exterior pack achieves a remarkably similar look without all the extra bits. Look for examples of that with a white '25' tippexed on the side in a country club car park near you soon!






 

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jl34

Original Poster:

389 posts

179 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Looks fabulous. Would prefer it with a body coloured roof section though.

David87

5,213 posts

154 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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£325,000. phone

Jamiae

25 posts

65 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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So much nicer than most special editions - as the main text says (slightly paraphrased), one I'd love to be seen in. Unless I missed it in the description, does the inside of the roof really contain a DBR1 image? (Fourth image suggests it does).

Macboy

415 posts

147 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Being all Pedant McPedanty, shouldn't the headline be Aston Martin Cambridge Launches special edition? From the text this is a dealer special only available from Cambridge, commissioned by them through the (laughably named) Q-bespoke team.

- also please tell me that "mural" on the headlining is a no cost delete.

RobDown

3,385 posts

70 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Macboy is right. This isn't Aston Martin doing a special.

This is Aston Martin Cambridge doing a special (and their past examples like the Spitfire and Red Arrows have been brilliant) so the headline is misleading.
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gigglebug

1,066 posts

64 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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It's the first one I've seen that to me looks absolutely stonking.

blueg33

21,001 posts

166 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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David87 said:
£325,000. phone
Ouch

Looks great hough

Maldini35

2,029 posts

130 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Forget the price - just look at it!

Stunning.

jonkers

39 posts

152 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Jamiae said:
So much nicer than most special editions - as the main text says (slightly paraphrased), one I'd love to be seen in. Unless I missed it in the description, does the inside of the roof really contain a DBR1 image? (Fourth image suggests it does).
Good spot! I loved the interior until I saw that.

oilit

720 posts

120 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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that headlining is hideous in the extreme.

Also - what is it with all this rose gold trim on cars and phones these days - I have to believe it will look uber tacky in the future by everyone as opposed to the limited few like me now.

FN2TypeR

6,033 posts

35 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Maldini35 said:
Forget the price - just look at it!

Stunning.
Fabulous, isn't it? lick

MCSV8

740 posts

205 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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FN2TypeR said:
Maldini35 said:
Forget the price - just look at it!

Stunning.
Fabulous, isn't it? lick
Thirded - it's fantastic

Nerdherder

719 posts

39 months

Friday 2nd November 2018
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Just No.

V41LEY

2,432 posts

180 months

Saturday 3rd November 2018
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David87 said:
£325,000. phone
Or £324,950.01 if you drop the string backed driving gloves option.

sparks_E46

10,382 posts

155 months

Saturday 3rd November 2018
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Stunning looking thing.

myhandle

880 posts

116 months

Sunday 4th November 2018
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It looks absolutely brilliant, apart from all of the extra badging that is creeping onto cars. This began in the early 2000s. I had a 2000 Maserati 3200GT and later a 2001 3200GT Assetto Corsa, and the badging was on both, from the factory, as follows. Maserati trident in grille , Maserati script on the bootlid. That’s it. Apart from wheel centre badges. By the time that bodyshape left production in 2006, added to that were a second Maserati badge on the bonnet, Maserati chrome badges on the C pillar, Giugiaro badges on the sills, Maserati equivalents of Scuderia badges on the front wings and some kind of Italian flag motif as well. All manufacturers appear to be heading down this route. My first 3200 was metallic green with a tan interior, manual. Many people said, nice Aston, as it had a colour combination more associated with Aston Martins and was not covered in badges. I liked having something unusual. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, the manufacturers want their road cars to be rolling billboards, with almost as much sponsorship as racing cars. In 2010 a 911 Turbo S badge read “Turbo S”. Now it is “Porsche 911 Turbo S”. This writing is not for the benefit of the consumer. Apart from this inevitable development, this Aston looks great.

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FN2TypeR

6,033 posts

35 months

Sunday 4th November 2018
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V41LEY said:
David87 said:
£325,000. phone
Or £324,950.01 if you drop the string backed driving gloves option.
Phillestine! jester

PhantomPH

3,039 posts

167 months

Monday 5th November 2018
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Shouldn't this really be - Aston Cambridge release green car? As gorgeous as it may be, I fail to see what makes this 'special' other than someone has said it is.

Couldn't I spec my own car in that colour and combo using Aston's bespoke options?

scottygib553

97 posts

37 months

Thursday 18th April
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I would swap out the gold lettering for something bronze but otherwise that is fantastic.

larger

22 posts

199 months

Thursday 18th April
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WOW, that car is just amazing even with such old school colour schemes (which aren't normally my thing)