Flashy Works 60th Anniversary Vanquish celebrates six decades of Aston Martin’s factory

Some people look for any excuse to throw a party.

Aston Martin itself turned 100 last year, but now the company is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its Newport-Pagnell Works factory.

Carmakers love to commemorate important events and milestones with special-edition models, and sure enough Aston is rolling out a Works 60th Anniversary edition of the Vanquish for anyone who missed out on its many other recent special-edition cars.

Only six of Works 60th Anniversary cars will be built, and they’ll each get one very special feature.

Metal from the pistons of some of the most legendary cars to come out of Newport-Pagnell will be used to make the rotary control surrounds on the center console.

Each individual car will represent one decade, and will use a piston from one of six notable Astons, including: a DB2/4 Mk II saloon (1955-1965), DB5 (1965-1975), V8 Coupe (1975-1985), V8 Vantage X-pack (1985-1995), V8 Vantage supercharged (1995-2005), and the original, first-generation Vanquish (2005-2015).

The pistons come from engines that had to be rebuilt at some point during their service lives, providing a genuine connection to the factory this special edition commemorates.

That’s a lot of effort for some fairly small trim pieces, but they’re not the only items that will distinguish the Works Anniversary model.

It also gets a striking color scheme with yellow wheels and side strakes, special badging, and heavy-weave carbon-fiber trim.

There are no mechanical changes, so the engine is still a 6.0-liter V12 with 568 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque, which drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic.

The Works editions will be built by Aston’s Q personalization division. Both coupe and Volante convertible versions will be available, at a price that’s in the “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it” range.

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