If you’re a fan of WWI era memorabilia you have deep knowledge of what the Supermarine Spitfire fighter represented for the Battle of England.
Aston Martin has decided to celebrate the heritage – 80 years since the maiden flight of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane – in style. The automaker is asking 180,000 pounds ($240,000) on Aston Martin Cambridge’s special edition V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80. The buyers will even take hold of the cool supercar exactly in the same location of the headquarters of the first Spitfire squadron. There’s a short waiting list, because there’s only a limited series of eight examples that serves as homage to the aircraft’s famous stint at defending Britain during World War 2.
Aston Martin Cambridge used the Q service, painting the model a special hue called Duxford Green, the dealer calling it so dark it’s almost black. Yellow accents are present on the grille, down the flanks, under the rear wing, and on the brakes to reference the pinstripes along the plane’s wings. The Aircraft Restoration Company, also from Duxford, makes trim pieces such as the tailpipe finishers. The cockpit is adorned with Aston Martin’s Q personalization division brown leather upholstery with carbon fiber and Alcantara trim. There’s also Spitfire embroidery on the headrests.
There’s no Spitfire Rolls-Royce Merlin supercharged V12 under the hood – just the regular naturally aspirated 5.9-liter V12 good for 565 horsepower (421 kilowatts) and a 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint of just 3.9 seconds. The delivery takes place at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, where the customer will also meet a pilot and have a private encounter with a Mk1 Spitfire. Part of the car’s purchase money will go to the RAF Benevolent Fund, which might make owners happy they paid about 40,000 pounds ($53,000) above the regular price of a standard V12 Vantage S.