• An estimated 1.5 billion dollars in Aston Martin cars on display at Kensington Gardens, London
• New Zagato models, the A3 and James Bond movie cars in attendance
• 50,000 owners and enthusiasts gathered
• One of the world’s largest gatherings of Aston Martin cars
As part of its year-long centenary celebration, luxury carmaker Aston Martin continued the festivities in Kensington Gardens, London where an estimated 1 billion British pounds or 1.5 billion dollars worth of vehicles were on display. Previous celebrations included a parade of more than 100 cars at the Nordschleife in Germany.
An estimated 50,000 owners and enthusiasts gathered at the historic Kensingon Gardens to view the rarest and most significant Aston Martin models displayed. As many as 550 models were in attendance, from the ‘A3’ – the oldest model in existence, to the Vanquish Centenary Edition, V12 Vantage S and Vanquish Volante. Motor Trend highlighted the exclusivity of the Centenary Editions by reporting that, “Just 100 examples each of the Centenary Edition V8 Vantage, DB9, Rapide, and Vanquish will be built.”
For 50 years, Aston Martin has been prominently tied to many James Bond feature films such as Quantum of Solace, so it’s no surprise that seven of the movie cars were on display including the DB5 from the most recent film, Skyfall.
A glimpse into Aston Martin’s future in design was delivered through the CC100 Speedster Concept. Its shape, according to Motor Trend, “Is inspired by the race-winning 1959 DBR1.” Official weight and specs for the CC100 have not been revealed, however, the automaker claims that, “The CC100 Speedster concept will reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and is speed limited to 180 mph.” Other rarities included new Zagato models, three Bertone Jets, and a display dedicated to Aston Martin’s racing cars.
For 1,000 owners and invited guests, a black tie-party was on the itinerary. The party was held at the Freemasons’ Hall on Great Queen Street, and featured entertainment from national radio DJ Benji B, plus composer Grant Windsor and the 16-piece band Deviation Strings.
This event was reported as being one of the largest gatherings of Aston Martin cars in the 100-year history of the marque.