The Supermarine Spitfire is widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest and most important engineering achievements, having played a huge role in defending the UK’s shores during the Blitz and throughout World War Two. To commemorate the plane’s first flight, which took place 80 years ago, Aston Martin has created a limited-edition model of the V12 Vantage S.
The automaker will only build eight units of the “Spitfire 80” as a special-edition model. The V12 Vantage S is finished in “Duxford Green” – named after the Royal Air Force base where the first Spitfire squadron was stationed – with a yellow pinstripe alongside the vehicle.
This special edition Aston Martin had Duxford’s Aircraft Restoration Company hand-build several components for the vehicle. The most prominent include the tailpipe finishers that have a rainbow bloom effect to match the original Spitfire’s exhaust.
Aston Martin‘s Q division added special touches to the interior with bespoke embroidered logos on the headrests, and the RAF’s iconic roundel is integrated directly into the central dash. The seats and inside of the glovebox feature Kestral Tan leather with black stitching, while the rest of the interior has black Alcantara with Kestral Tan stitching.
With its exclusivity and unique touches, Aston priced the Spitfire 80 at roughly £180,000 or $240,210, which is almost $50,000 more than a standard V12 Vantage S. Aston Martin will donate an unspecified percentage of the vehicle’s price to the RAF Benevolent Fund. All eight owners will receive their vehicles at the Imperial War Museum Duxford – a historic airfield and museum – and owners-in-waiting will be treated to a special program including a talk from a veteran pilot, an armored vehicle driving experience and a private display from a Mk I Spitfire.