This year is Aston Martin’s 100th year and the British super car maker is marking the occasion in style. Last week a collection of 100 of the world’s finest Astons took part in a 1000 mile trip across 7 countries in 5 days. The trip took in Lake Como, St.Moritz and the Ardenne region before ending in London where the 100 Astons gathered at Kensington Gardens.
None of the car’s on display went back as far as 1913, but there was a 1922 A3 among the 100 that is owned by the Aston Martin Heritage Trust. A 1925 Tourer and a 1926 Cloverleaf also featured. Current models like the V12 Vantage S and DB9 coupe complimented modern classics like the Vantage Le Mans and the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage and 1960s classics like the DB4 GT Zagato and the DB6 saloon.
Two unique models were also on display, an Aston Martin DB9 Spider Zagato Centennial and a DBS Coupe Zagato Centennial. Each of these priceless machines has been built specifically for a customer, one an unnamed Japanese entrepreneur and the other for American car collector Peter Read. These two models sit at the top of the limited edition “Centennial Edition” models that offer exclusivity and added refinement. Aston is producing 100 Centennial Edition models for the V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide and Vanquish.
The British marque also used the London event to showcase the CC100 Speedster Concept that takes its design cues from the firm’s 1959 Le Mans racer. The CC100’s body is all carbon and it uses Aston’s VH structure and the firm’s 6.0-litre V12 engine, so a 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds and a top speed of 180mph are possible in the two seat open top car.
Aston will continue to mark their centenary throughout the year, culminating at the at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013.