Special edition Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire
Just eight Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire models will be built
There are fewer things in this world more British than the Spitfire and the Aston Martin. And now you can have the two combined with this $322,000 model built to commemorate 80 years since the plane first took off.
Like the Supermarine Spitfire, this Aston Martin Vantage S has a V12 motor with a sound harking back to the iconic fighter plane and the same Duxford green paint job.
It's been created by Jardine Motors Group Aston Martin Cambridge and a donation will be made to charity for each of the eight creations they sell.
The $322,000 starting price of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 is almost $72,000 more than you'd pay for a standard Vantage V12 S, however this one also comes with a special Spitfire 80 Irvin jacket and a flying helmet and goggles.
Aston Martin Cambridge has already committed to making a donation to the RAF Benevolent Fund for every car sold, with all eight likely to disappear as rapidly as the 3.9 second 0 to 62mph time.
Special components are being fabricated for the car by the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford.
These include rainbow ‘bloom’ tailpipe tips that pay homage to the Spitfire’s exhausts and an aluminium bar in the cabin taking inspiration from the Spitfire’s rear strut brace.
A satin-carbonfibre rear diffuser and front spoiler, colour-coded bonnet louvres and solid sterling silver Aston Martin wing badges with Old English White inlay will also distinguish the eight custom-made specials from commoner Astons.
There’s also the option to have a Spitfire serial number lacquered onto the car.
But that's not all - logo-ed headrests, saddle leather and sheepskin floor mats and Spitfire-inspired red webbing door inserts and pulls are part of the special spec.
And to make the experience even more unique, owners will be able to hear a talk from a veteran Spitfire pilot, watch a Mk1 Spitfire in a demonstration display and drive their cars along the Duxford runway.
Performance figures will remain unchanged from the regular V12 Vantage S, which is no weakling with 565bhp produced by a 5.9-litre V12 engine capable of maxing-out at 205mph.
Buyers also get a themed car cover, embossed owner's manual and leather photo album of the handover, which will be during the AirSpace exhibition at Imperial War Museum Duxford.