Inspired by Aston Martin’s classic Charcoal Grey – a colour first seen on a DB6 MKII from the collection of our founder and later revived for his Vantage V550, which served as early inspiration for Classic Driver’s corporate grey – the team developed a new colour that sported the original’s glossy and deep effect, but also gave the shade a modern twist by adding very fine and subtle pearls that lend the car an elegant green glow when it’s exposed to sunlight. To achieve the best possible visual effect, the paint – now officially named Classic Driver Grey – had to be applied to each body by hand prior to entering the production line.
“Each vehicle will be individually hand-sprayed, giving a bespoke feel,” says Richard Bosworth, colour industrialisation specialist for Akzo Nobel, Aston Martin’s paint technology supplier. “We tried to achieve a flat grey, but also using modern pearl pigments – greens, yellows and whites – all working together in sync. Together with the interior, the vehicle will look quite stunning.”