2013 NAIAS: What You Didn’t Know about Aston Martin at 100

Evidently, the 100th anniversary Aston Martin models have new features – like the ability to fly.

John Scott Lewinskiby John Scott Lewinski

During Aston Martin's centenary, we'll be seeing a lot of celebrations and fun gimmicks to serve up some hip-hips and hoorays for the British automaker.

For example, on January 17, Aston Martin airlifted its V12 Vanquish, onto the helipad at the luxury hotel, the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai. It’s the first time a car has been placed onto the helipad 1,000 ft. into the air.

While we celebrate that fun little bit of showing off, why not take a few minutes to learn 10 things we didn't know about Aston:

  1. There have been 10 different versions of the iconic Aston Martin badge. The current version was introduced in 2003.
  2. The Aston Martin wings badge has its origins in ancient Egypt – derived from the open wings of the scarab beetle.
  3. In 100 years Aston Martin has produced just over 60,000 sports cars.
  4. It is accurately estimated that more than 90% of all Aston Martins built are still in existence.
  5. Aston Martin has manufactured cars from seven locations in the past 100 years.
  6. Aston Martin’s global HQ at Gaydon, the company’s first purpose-built home, celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2013.
  7. The Aston Martin Owners Club was founded in 1935 at The Grafton Hotel, London.
  8. The now sold-out One-77 hypercar is Aston Martin’s most exclusive, powerful and expensive production model to date.
  9. It took 2,700 man hours to produce each One-77.
  10. The painting process for the current Aston Martin range takes between 50 and 70 hours per car.

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