Aston Martin fans who admire the engineering of the Supermarine Spitfire are invited to “scramble” for eight V12 Vantage S “Spitfire 80” special editions being built to mark this year’s 80th anniversary of the legendary second world war fighter’s maiden flight.
The cars have been commissioned by Aston Martin Cambridge and styled by the marque’s Q personalisation service using touches taken from the aircraft, including tailpipe ends with a rainbow “bloom” inspired by the Spitfire’s exhaust stack and an aluminium bar in the rear cabin that emulates the plane’s strut brace. Both components will be made by the Aircraft Restoration Company based at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) Duxford.
Other exterior cues include Duxford Green paintwork with pinstripes in the same yellow sometimes seen on the leading edges of the Spitfire’s wings and propeller tips; a louvred bonnet; and sterling-silver badges inlaid with the Aston Martin name in Old English White.
Inside the car, a special “Spitfire 80” roundel logo is embroidered on the headrests and applied to the console, door pulls are made from red webbing, and the saddle-leather floor mats get sheepskin inserts reminiscent of the famous RAF Irvin flying jacket.
In addition, each car will be supplied with a special Spitfire 80 Irvin, a flying helmet and goggles, a custom cover and an embossed owner’s manual.
All eight cars will be handed over simultaneously on Tuesday October 18 during a special ceremony at IWM Duxford, the best-preserved second-world-war airfield in Britain. As well as a tour of the museum, buyers will be given a talk by a Spitfire veteran, a flight in a two-seater version of the fighter – and the chance to take their first drives along the famous Duxford runway.
Both seven-speed manual and seven-speed automated-manual versions of the car are available, each priced at £180,000. Aston Martin Cambridge will donate £5,000 from each sale to the RAF Benevolent Fund.