The Ultimate Edition was available by special request to customers wishing to celebrate the last of a significant car in Aston Martin’s history. It appears that the whole allocation of this special edition was sold within only a couple of weeks of the announcement which perhaps explains why the scheduled number of cars jumped to 50 examples, 20 RHD and 30 LHD.
The Ultimate Edition, essentially, was a V12 Vanquish S with a specific colour and trim combination. On the exterior, these changes included coachwork painted a unique metallic shade called ‘Ultimate Black’ described as black with a hint of red and blue, which was only available on the UE. Inside, the V12 Vanquish S cabin was trimmed in a semi-aniline leather, with coarse stitching, leather headlining and black chrome finish interior fittings. Each car was also be fitted with personalised sill plaques denoting it’s limited edition number.
No additional charge was made for the Ultimate Edition, available only with the 2+2 seating arrangement and priced in the UK at £182,095. I will add that identification of the UE is difficult as they have no unique external features save for a very discrete badge on the wing vent that may not even have been used on all cars. Alongside the European market Ultimate, AML also produced a small number of white V12 Vanquish for the Middle East, the UAE
Many of the photos on this page feature chassis 2593, the very last Aston Martin ever made at Newport Pagnell and initially retained by the factory for promotional purposes. It was subsequently sold and is now part of a private UK collection.
I also was fortunate to photograph to UE’s during the last month of production which will be shown on a future page on this site.