Aston Martin Vanquish 60th Anniversary Edition Features Reclaimed Piston Dash Bezels

Iconic British luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is celebrating its 60th year in Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, in a unique and special way: by building a select edition of six Aston Martin Vanquish convertibles whose dashboard bezels are made from reclaimed pistons salvaged from historic Aston Martin sports cars. 

The firm no longer builds its acclaimed range of supercars and grand touring automobiles at the plant inaugurated in 1954, mind you. Since new production facilities were built near Gaydon, in Warwickshire, Aston Martin's presence in Newport Pagnell is limited to  a service facility, a small sales department and several buildings listed as historic by English Heritage. 

The old works are still near & dear to Aston Martin's heart, however, and the company has come up with an innovative and touching way to commemorate a vital milestone in their history. A very limited edition of six special Vanquish convertibles are to be built. Each 60th Anniversary vehicle will feature a piston from a “retired” Aston Martin that has been melted down and reworked to form the polished metal bezels surrounding the center console's main controls.

One piston formerly helped power a DB2/4 Mk. II, another comes from a DB5, and a third was deftly extracted from a V8 Coupe. The two other pistons boast more modern origins – from a first-series (2001-2007) Vanquish and a second-series (post-2012) V8 Vantage. It's not stated whether the six 60th Anniversary Vantages are priced differently depending on their dash bezel provenance.

Besides the built-in bit of history, the six 60th Anniversary Vanquishes are distinguished by distinctive color combinations with “Anniversary Yellow” accents on the door sills and wheels, two-tone seats with contrasting stitching, and sill plaques. Aston Martin promises each of the six will differ very slightly from its brethren though all will be powered by a 6.0-liter, 568 HP V12 engine and Aston Martin's new and improved Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic transmission.

As for pricing, well, if one needs to ask... Alex Kierstein of Road & Track presumes all six have already been snapped up by deep-pocketed collectors and he's probably right. You could always settle for an “ordinary” 2015 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante (which is what Aston calls their convertible Vanquish models) priced from $305,820 including shipping and gas-guzzler tax.