Centenary, in the Queen's English, means a period of 100 years. Unlike the word "centennial," however, which conjures up images of American cars wearing flag decals and red, white, and blue paint, the word centenary is about to mean something different--a selection of 500 very special Aston Martins, starting with the Vanquish you see above.
The 500 cars--100 copies of the Vanquish, V8 Vantage, Rapide, and DB9--are part of Aston Martin's 100-year celebration (the aforementioned centenary). As we've come to expect from top-dollar marques and anniversaries, the cars are no more capable than their standard counterparts but come stocked with some unique (and pricey) visual upgrades to stand out from the rest.
The visual distinguishing starts with a unique coat of paint. When we say unique, we actually mean it: the centenary edition paint is graduated, which means that the base color is finished with spray tints that make the paint darker at certain spots on the body panels. You can see in the photos that the Vanquish's light gray paint seamlessly transitions to a slate gray at the top of the hood, but Aston promises that the same process is available with a handful of other shades. The process isn't cheap to create, however, because that fadeis performedby hand, adding roughly 18 hours to the painting process (which, Aston says, already takes about 50). The moral of the story here is to avoid chipping the finish at all costs.
Elsewhere around the car, Aston Martin removed the traditional enamel winged badges from the hood and trunklid and replaced them with solid sterling silver ones with enamel inlays. Also finished in sterling silver are the sill plaques, which are also engraved with the edition number (out of 100) of each car. The centenary-model cars come with two glass keys (as usual) and leather carrying pouches that match the leather on the seats. That leather, by the way, is the same deep soft black leather that graced the interior of the One-77 hypercar, finished with silver contrast stitching and silver Aston Martin logos embroidered in the head restraints.
Besides the keys, pouches, and polishing cloth, buyers who opt for centenary Aston Martin cars will also receive a solid silver rollerball pen, a pair of Bang and Olufsen headphones (a nod to Aston's B&O in-car sound systems), and a set of solid silver Aston Martin cufflinks. While we usually balk at the frivolity of giving these kinds of gifts, there is something very…James Bond…about wearing a shirt with cufflinks that match your limited-edition Aston Martin.
Just how much will it cost to enact your limited-edition James Bond fantasies? Aston didn't publicly release figures, saying only that prices are available "on application" at your local Aston Martin dealer. If you're looking for one of these silver-over-black Vanquishes, use $300,000 as a baseline and start counting up from there. If you ask us, though, it's probably worth it just for the cufflinks.
Source: Aston Martin