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Aston Martin Vantage V600 fitted with a boost gauge from a Spitfire

When you’re looking at ways in which you can personalize your (then) new Aston Martin Vantage V600, there are a handful of ways to go. Some might go with an off-the-book color choice. Others might slap on a set of unique wheels. One delightful person decided to have Aston Martin fit their car with the boost gauge plucked from a WWII Spitfire.

That, folks, is how you do it.

Here though, is our clearest look at that brilliant decision in gauge form.

What it displays is boost pressure from the supercharger. Actually, that would be superchargers because Aston Martin fitted a pair of spinny, breathy bits atop the 5.3-liter V8 sitting under the hood. With the V600, you’re now working with 600 horsepower. 

Aston Martin didn’t build a ton of these Vantage models between 1993 and 2000, and far less were of the V600 variety. This specific car is in fact the last one upgraded by Aston Martin Works.

. It’s expensive. And it’s pretty damn wonderful.

"Unlike any other V600, the previous keeper commissioned Aston Martin Works to upgrade the instrumentation to monitor many more mechanical and ambient parameters. This also includes a superb replacement Supercharger boost gauge from a WW2 Spitfire."

— Jeff Glucker (@jglucker)

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