To celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, we have created six strictly limited edition sports cars which meld captivating contemporary design with Works’ unrivalled heritage and history.
Each limited edition Vanquish has been styled by the Design team at Aston Martin Lagonda working with the bespoke personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin. Uniquely, the cars use authentic materials carefully selected from each era of the last 60 years to create a celebration of the past, present and future of Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell.
Watch the six decades that helped define Aston Martin's iconic status in sports car design and production...
From the DB2/4 MkII in 1955, the very first model to be produced at Aston Martin’s Tickford Street site in Newport Pagnell, you can trace Aston Martin’s design DNA. Sleek, understated elegance combined with expert craftsmanship producing classically beautiful sports cars.
Following success on and off the track the DB series evolved, first with the development of the Tadek Marek designed 3.7-litre straight six engine, first featured in the beautiful DB4, and then with the introduction of the now iconic DB5, a sports car instantly recognisable the world over.
The association with celebrity grew through the late 60s and into the 70s and the design language became more muscular. So did the engines, with the introduction of a powerful 5.3-litre V8, which first appeared at the heart of the Aston Martin DBS V8 in 1969 and then the highly acclaimed AMV8 and AMV8 Vantage, both of which stayed in production until 1989.
The designs may have evolved but the artisan craftsmanship remained a signature of every Aston Martin produced.
With changing tastes came an even more radical design. In the same year that Supersonic air travel took off with Concorde, Aston Martin launched the unmistakable ‘wedge’ design of the luxuriously futuristic Aston Martin Lagonda, a super-saloon like no other.
Aston Martin’s long-time association with the charismatic Italian coachbuilder, Zagato, was rekindled in 1986 with the introduction of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato, of which just 52 cars were produced, followed in 1987 by the V8 Zagato Volante, an even rarer car with a production run of just 37. These were the first Aston Martin Zagato sports cars produced since the DB4 GT Zagato of 1960.
As the company reached the end of the millennium a new era of Aston Martin design was already on the drawing board and in 2001 the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was launched to global acclaim. Smooth, sweeping curves formed from an aluminium and carbon composite construction gave this model a new sophistication and tautness, while its new V12 engine and a radical ASM gearbox moved performance up to a higher level.
The last car came out of the Newport Pagnell factory on 19 July 2007. It was a V12 Vanquish Ultimate, a sports car that embodied the powerful beauty, passion and style of Aston Martin and a fitting tribute to a remarkable era of sports car design and production that now continues from the company’s global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire.
Meanwhile, the surviving parts of the old Tickford Street factory has been transformed. Now called Aston Martin Works, after the original ‘Works Service’, the site offers a one-stop shop for all things Aston Martin and is a renowned global centre of technical excellence.
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