Adrenaline levels soared as Jardine Motors Group’s Aston Martin Cambridge dealership indulged eight new owners of the limited edition collection of V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 at a celebratory handover event.
The VIP guests combined the handover of their new luxury coupes with a flight in the legendary RAF Spitfire as part of the event surrounding the V12 Vantage S Spitfire which was created to mark the 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire’s first flight.
Taking place at IWM Duxford, Cambridgeshire – said to be Britain’s best-preserved Second World War airfield – the event saw Jardine’s customers take to the air with flight operators Classic Wings, enjoy an armoured vehicle driving experience, as well as a personal tour of the adjoining museum and a talk from a Second World War Spitfire pilot.
Customers also had the chance to get up close and personal with their new vehicles, receiving a presentation from the Aston Martin Q design team to tell the story of the car’s design and its unique features, before watching a rare Mark I Spitfire conduct a stunning display.
Simon Lane, dealer principal at Aston Martin Cambridge, said: “The V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 is a stunning example of Aston Martin’s superb engineering and is equipped for exceptional performance.
“A nod to the maiden flight of the Supermarine Spitfire, the interior has design touches that follows the aviation theme to make this a truly special and unique vehicle to own.
“It was a pleasure therefore, to roll out the red carpet for the only eight people in the world to own this luxury model, and to make the delivery of this fine vehicle, a memorable one.”
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80 has been tailored by Q, Aston Martin’s personalisation service.
The car has been created in a special, Duxford Green colour, with the trademark Spitfire yellow pinstripe on the side strakes and deck lid. Also included are front and rear diffusers in satin carbon fibre; a louvred bonnet in Duxford Green to create a bold profile; and solid sterling silver Aston Martin wings badges with tailored ‘Old English White’ inlay.
The interior of the ‘Spitfire 80’ model boasts an array of features including the Spitfire 80 logo embroidered in Raven Black onto the headrests; saddle leather floor mats with sheepskin inserts relating to the iconic Irvin jacket; the passenger airbag embroidered with its unique aircraft identification code; and door inserts finished with door pulls in red ‘webbing’ to match the Spitfire aircraft.
To make the unveiling a day to remember, Aston Martin Cambridge presented customers with a unique Irvin Jacket with Spitfire 80 logo stitched inside; Irvin flying helmet and flying goggles; themed car cover; embossed owners’ manual; and a leather photo album featuring high quality images taken on the day.
Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, chief executive of the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: “We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Aston Martin Cambridge for celebrating the 80th anniversary of the magnificent Spitfire with this stunning car and their generous support of the RAF Benevolent Fund.”