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A limited-edition run of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage S has been launched to mark the 80th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire fighter plane’s first flight. The Spitfire 80 isn’t actually a Gaydon-inspired idea, but that of Aston Martin Cambridge. The dealership commissioned the car, which will be limited to just eight units in its run.

Kitted out by the company’s Q by Aston Martin personalisation service, the special’s exterior is finished in a unique shade called Duxford Green. Yellow accents are to be found, on the grille, rear lid as well as a pinstripe running along the sides of the car, a homage to that which dressed the fighter’s wings. The brake calipers are also dressed in yellow.

The car features a black Alcantara/Kestral Tan leather upholstery interior (with plenty of carbon-fibre trim), and aside from an embroidered Spitfire 80 logo on the front headrests, there are nods to the past – the saddle leather floor mats feature sheepskin inserts in the vein of the Irvin flying jacket, while the door pulls are finished with a red ‘webbing’ to replicate that found on the aircraft.

Other references include a rainbow “bloom” effect on the tailpipe finishers to match the plane’s exhaust stack as well as an aluminium strut finisher in the rear end of the cabin to mimic the strut brace seen on the Spitfire.

No mechanical changes, and so the Vantage continues on with the familiar AM28 6.0 litre V12, with 573 PS and 620 Nm for output numbers. The mill is mated to a Sportshift III AMT seven-speed automated manual gearbox.

The occasion isn’t just limited to the car. Buyers will get a host of Spitfire-related accessories, and items include an Irvin jacket with a stitched Spitfire 80 logo as well as an Irvin flying helmet and flying goggles. All eight cars will be handed over their buyers during a special presentation at the IWM Duxford museum in Cambridge on October 18.