Say hello to my Cygnet or ‘Cyg’ as she has become known. To many Aston Martin aficionados my little car is the laughingstock of the Aston Martin car collection. Some may say she is not, the purest idea, of an Aston Martin, but as now one of the rarest city cars....who is laughing now?
Whilst she may not be a super-model, she can still show off her credentials on the Aston Martin Exhaust Note Archive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zHsjO6MNs8 . Listen to that purring of the 97hp 1.33l engine! Flying to 60 mph in an impressive 11 seconds.
Only the roof, chassis, engine and gear box remained from the original Toyota IQ, all the other panels, grill and interiors were changed. ‘Cyg’ was painted in arctic white and trimmed with hand-stitched red and black leather. ‘Cyg’ took 150 hours to build at Gaydon, becoming one of only approximately 144 cars registered in the United Kingdom, during the three-year production window from 2011-2013. Designed to significantly reduce the emission level of the whole fleet, she became the fun and quirky little car I love today.
She gets many admiring glances, mainly I think to see if I have stuck the Aston badge onto another car! but when other drivers realise that she is a bona-fide Aston Martin they smile and toot their horns!
Sadly, during the pandemic, she has only covered about sixty miles, so taking in to account the insurance and the servicing costs she stands me at £10 per mile, not quite the smiles per gallon promised in the sales blurb but I love my little quirky car she makes me smile and sits happily alongside her big sister a dark blue and orange DB11 volante in the garage.
‘Cyg’ was a birthday gift a few years ago...how lucky am I!
and now for the money shot!
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