Aston Martin is building six special Vanquishes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its Newport-Pagnell facility, and each features a piston from a another iconic Aston, melted down to form the bezels surrounding the major controls in the center console.
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These weren't taken from "ordinary" Astons, mind you—one is from a DB2/4 Mk. II, one a DB5, and even the brutish V8 Coupe of the 1970s and 1980s. Two were more modern; one is from a sibling Vanquish, the other from a late-model V8 Vantage.
Other than the reclaimed piston metal, the 60th Anniversary Vanquishes differ from standard cars only in cosmetic details: distinctive color combinations (each car is a little different), "Anniversary Yellow" accents (ahem, sounds like fancy talk for Gold Package) on the sills and wheels , two-tone seats, sill plaques, and a slightly different carbon fiber weave. Standard limited-edition stuff, really.
What remains untouched is the 6.0-liter V12, a masterpiece of sound and thrust. And it's backed by the new and massively improved eight-speed automatic. No word on cost, of course, but several collectors have already stepped up with orders, and I have no doubt that Newport Pagnell has likely moved all six already.