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by Tim Beissmann

The Aston Martin DB9 1M has been unveiled at the British luxury sports car maker’s Gaydon headquarters to celebrate the marque reaching one million fans on Facebook.

The DB9 1M concept was born in November 2011, when Aston Martin cracked the million mark. Through a series of online polls, the company asked fans to specify a car from its current model line-up, which would be built as a permanent tribute to the online milestone. Fans selected the DB9 as the model, before choosing the interior and exterior options and deciding on the ‘1M’ name.

The unique blue and white exterior ‘Aero’ wrap is teamed with 20-spoke 20-inch diamond-turned alloy wheels, with the interior finished in Obsidian Black/Spicy Red leather upholstery and piano black trim.

The Aston Martin DB9 1M retains the standard car’s 350kW/600Nm 6.0-litre V12 engine, which helps it launch from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 300km/h.

Aston Martin’s Facebook page now has more than 1.7 million fans, but at this stage there’s no word if the manufacturer is planning a similar celebration for breaking the two million barrier.

Earlier this year, Ferrari released a video of a 458 Italia doing burnouts to celebrate reaching eight million Facebook fans, while Audi USA gave its fans a similar donut-themed present when it topped five million ‘likes’.

A number of automotive icons have strong followings on the social networking website including BMW (10.3 million fans), Mercedes-Benz (7.6 million), Porsche (4.2 million), and the Ford Mustang (4.1 million).

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