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Wrapping your head around the cars that Sir Stirling Moss has driven over the course of the many decades in which he drove competitively would be a mind-boggling task. Regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win a World Championship, Moss won 212 out of the 529 races he entered, including 16 grands prix. He also competed in sports cars, including countless Maserati, Ferrari and Aston Martin racers.

Oh, the Astons he must have driven over the course of his career. As part of the factory works team, Sir Stirling piloted the likes of the DB3S and DBR1 to championship titles and race wins. But the latest is undoubtedly the most timid.

In celebration of his 82nd birthday at the Royal Automobile Club's "Palace on Pall Mall" in London, Lady Moss and Aston Martin presented Sir Stirling with one of the first Cygnet city cars to be delivered. In celebration of his wife's birthday, Sir Stirling Moss and Aston Martin presented one of the first Cygnet city cars to his wife, Lady Moss. Readied by its oldest dealership – HWM Aston Martin, which actually prepared Stirling's first grand prix cars – the unique city car is decked out in Aston's trademark shade of green with a black interior and silver top stitching.

It's probably just what Stirling and his wife might need to get around London now that he's retired from racing for good, but we can't help but have a little trouble with the notion of one of the world's greatest racing drivers puttering about in reheated Toyota iQ. Details in the press release after the jump.

*UPDATE: Sir Stirling Moss gifted the Aston Martin Cygnet to his wife, Lady Moss... not the other way around.
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SIR STIRLING MOSS BECOMES ONE OF FIRST ASTON MARTIN CYGNET CUSTOMERS

12 July 2011 Gaydon: At the prestigious Royal Automobile Club last night, international motorsport legend, Sir Stirling Moss took delivery of his newly purchased Aston Martin Cygnet; a surprise birthday present for wife, Lady Moss.

One of the closest teams in motorsport for many years, Sir Stirling and Lady Moss planned a private celebratory dinner on the eve of her birthday at the Royal Automobile Club in its clubhouse the century old, 'palace on Pall Mall' in London. On arrival they were met with the sight of the new Aston Martin Cygnet on display in the magnificent central rotunda – the culmination of six months planning and 'secret' correspondence between Sir Stirling and Aston Martin to plan a surprise birthday present for Lady Moss.

Sir Stirling Moss said: "My greatest partner in everything that I do, Susie is an amazing person and frankly the best wife a man could have. Since seeing a pre-production Cygnet in January I knew that it was the perfect car for Susie; a proper little piece of British luxury and perfect for our life in town."

Hand-crafted at Aston Martin's headquarters in Gaydon, taking 150 hours to complete, the Aston Martin Cygnet shares much in terms of design and craftsmanship with the company's sports cars. Elegant and distinctive, individual and practical, the Aston Martin Cygnet is the ultimate Tailor-Fit solution for city living. Launched in May 2011 with first customer orders arriving at European dealers now, Cygnet is hand-crafted for the city and like every Aston Martin it can be uniquely personalised to suit individual taste and style, bringing a new level of luxury and bespoke capability to city cars.

Specifications for Lady Moss's car include Sir Stirling's choice of Aston Martin Racing Green, harking back to the company's sports cars that Sir Stirling raced in the 1950s, as the paint colour. This iconic exterior has been complemented by a simple and elegant interior hand crafted in Obsidian Black leather with a contrasting coarse silver stitch, forming a typically understated combination.

Adding to the occasion and its ongoing theme of long standing relationships with the marque, the Cygnet has been supplied through HWM Aston Martin, based in Walton-on- Thames, who were appointed as an official Aston Martin dealer in 1951. The longest serving of the company's global network of 134 dealers, HWM Aston Martin was started 60 years ago by fellow Aston Martin Works Driver George Abecassis who actually gave Sir Stirling his first Grand Prix drives in 1951/52 in HWM-built cars.

Sir Stirling's own driving career with Aston Martin saw him drive a number of the company's racing cars including the famous DB3S and DBR1 models with great success. This culminated in being part of the factory team that in 1959 secured the company the World Sportscar Championship following victories in the DBR1 at such prestigious races as the Le Mans 24-hour.


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      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      A green car for a Moss to drive. appropriate...
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      IBx27
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't imagine his wife thinking anything other than "you couldn't have gotten me a REAL Aston?"
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @IBx27
        Funny, I was thinking the same thing. I mean, you are one of the richest persons in the world and you give your wife a warmed-up Toyota? April's fool has come and gone.
      Larry Anderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      I met Sterling Moss at Sebring, pure class.
      inthelv
      • 3 Years Ago
      I really like this car. But, I'm Gay. Not would drive a New Beetle Convertible Gay. Just Gay.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @inthelv
        So what are the levels of gay? New Beetle Convertible > Toyota iQ > Silverado Z71 > Aston Cygnet > Mazda Miata, with the left being "massive stereotype" and the right being "just gay?"
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      pirellipzero
      • 3 Years Ago
      Do you guys even read the press releases that you post? It clearly says the car is a birthday gift for his wife.
        stevenh
        • 3 Years Ago
        @pirellipzero
        amazing, the story vs the press release are totally different, someone does not know how to read and post a story. They need to take Journalism 101
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      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      A free car is a free car, but for someone of that pedigree...giving them a pimped out Toyota micro car is almost an insult. Not to mention that putting Aston Amrtin badges on something like that is an insult itself....even the most braindead ricers who stick BMW badges on their Honda's wouldn't stoop that low.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jbm0866
        No more "insulting" than when Aston lobbed their Tickford engineering badges on Austin Metros and Ford Capris in the 1980's. Americans won't understand how vehicles such as the Cygnet appeal to British urban aristocratic eccentrics such as those who delved into coachbuilt Wood & Picket Minis back in the 1970's. The Cygnet is the ultimate machine to be parked outside a mews terrace in Chelsea.
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          aatbloke1967
          • 3 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "You're right, we don't understand and don't give a ***** what some self important limey thinks." This is the rather typical senseless and aggressive attitude of the American male - little wonder so many of them get subjected to divorce papers. Their aggression blooms at the drop of a hat even towards other Americans, let alone jolly foreigner. As for understanding the Cygnet, ignorance is bliss.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet he spent an hour digging around for the gift receipt
      Synthono
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know when your grandma gives you a really ugly sweater for Christmas and you have to pretend you like it, because it's grandma, but you secretly will never wear it in your life? That's a "Gee, uh, thanks Grandma" face on Sir Sterling Moss if I've ever seen one.
      stevenh
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess if he won the WDC then they would have given a more worthy car. Wonder if MB will give him a Smart instead of the AMG SLS. Free is free but I also think this rebadged 'Aston' is an insult to one of the greats
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