Friday Photo – Q by Aston Martin at Pebble Beach

Following on from McLaren’s two Special Operations offerings for the Pebble Beach Automotive Week , Aston Martin has gone further by planning to show off four bespoke cars in California. Like we said earlier in the week, if you’re a British manufacturer custom is seemingly the way to go at the minute.

2014 Q Aston Martin Vanquish 000

Commissioned with the help of the Galpin Aston Martin dealership, the four models are meant to showcase the possibilities available through Q – Aston’s bespoke personalisation service.

Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Coupe

It’s orange – Abor Orange in fact – a new colour exclusively for the Q range. EngageSportMode approves of its hue. The carbon fibre twill used is also twice the normal size, making the weave look more apparent than normal. There’s also a rather cool ‘Helix’ design printed onto the leather covering the headlining and door cards.

Q by Aston Martin Vanquish Volante

2014 Q Aston Martin Vanquish Volante 001

Showing off another new paint colour in the form of Frosted Silver, which looks immensely metallic even in these photos, the drop-top Vanquish also gets graphite finished alloy wheels and polished brake calipers. Chestnut tan leather upholstery features throughout the interior, that also includes a saddle bag mounted between the rear seats – made from actual saddle leather. We’re more yay than neigh on this one, just.

Q by Aston Martin V12 Vantage S

2014 Q Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Coupe 001

It’s hard not to love the V12 Vantage with its big engine / smaller body combination. This one receives purple amethyst paintwork, with the grille ‘lipstick’ highlighted in Monterey Blue. Inside there’s more purple trim – including the headlining – that’s also complimented by carbon fibre detailing. We like.

Q by Aston Martin DB9 Volante

2014 Q Aston Martin DB9 Volante 001


Oh. Oh, dear. Straight from the Malibu Barbie playset it seems is this creation. Finished with an Ashen Blonde exterior (target market anyone?) and polished alloy wheels on the outside, the insides are… well, light pink. Officially it’s “blush pearl leather” but let’s not beat around the bush, it’s definitely rosé. There’s even pink Rhodachrosite stone set into the ‘Q’ badge inlaid into the Piano Ice Mocha centre console. Don’t forget your custom matched “blush pearl” luggage too; Chihuahua carrier not included.

Not for us by any stretch of the imagination, we’re not sure whether to be saddened or cheered by the fact someone in Beverley Hills will undoubtedly snap this up.


Putting taste aside, you can’t fault Aston Martin for playing to its target audience. With an ageing product line, the firm needs to keep adding the bling and trinkets until it can roll out new models. Just no more “blush pearl leather” please Aston.

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