Aston Martin produced its last Aston Martin ever, a Vanquish S Ultimate Edition, marking the end of a 50-year era of automotive craftsmanship.

On July 19, the Aston Martin plant in Newport Pagnell, UK produced its last Aston Martin ever, a Vanquish S Ultimate Edition, marking the end of a 50-year era of automotive craftsmanship. Since 1958, starting from the Aston Martin DB4, a total of nearly 13,000 cars have been built at the factory. With the introduction of the DB9 and the V8 Vantage and their convertible derivatives, Aston Martin built a new factory in Gaydon, Warwickshire in 2003, which currently boasts a work force of 1,500 employees. Of the 7,010 cars produced last year, only 308 were Vanquish S models, produced at the Newport Pagnell factory. July 19, 2007 also marks the end of the production of the Vanquish model, Aston' Martin's oldest model, introduced in 2001. Kingsley Riding-Felce, Director of Works Service and Customer Relations at Aston Martin, emphasized that: “Although the day was tinged with sadness it was a celebration. It is important to remember that an Aston Martin is a car for life - it never dies and nor will the great achievements of the employees who have worked here over the fifty years. Although we say farewell to the buildings it is, the spirit of the people and the cars themselves that will live.” The final Vanquish S with chassis number 502593 will, according to Aston Martin's press release, be retained by the company. Press release after the jump.

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Aston Martin Celebrates End of a 50-Year Era at Newport Pagnell