The Aston Martin Vanquish is a Grand Tourer that was introduced in 2001 as a successor to the ageing Virage range. The V12 Vanquish was designed by Ian Callum and bore a large resemblance to the production DB7 Vantage. However, the car had a strong influence from the Project Vantage Concept prototype which debuted with a V12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998. As underneath the car featured a strong aluminium/carbon composite construction, bonded chassis with a 5,935 cc V12 engine. It was available in 2+0 and 2+2 seating configurations.
The 48-valve 60° engine produces 450 bhp and 400 lb·ft of torque. It is controlled by a drive-by-wire throttle and a six-speed Electrohydraulic manual transmission.The standard Vanquish model had 355 mm (14.0 inches) drilled and ventilated disc brakes with four-pot calipers, ABS, with electronic brake distribution.
Its appearance in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day earned the V12 Vanquish the number three spot on the list of Best Film Cars Ever, behind the Minis from The Italian Job, and DB5 from Goldfinger & Thunderball.
Sat Nav, Integrated telephone, Amplifier, Rear PDC, Heated front screen, Heated seats, Front stoneguards, Chrome door releases, Smokers kit, 2 + 2 Seating arrangement.
Majestic in Tungsten Silver this Vanquish commands huge presence both on the road and at the kerb. The deep metallic hue is layered with a generous silver flake that shimmers beautifully upon closer inspection. Works Service were recently commissioned to restore the front bumper to achieve parity with the rest of the car; as such the car sits in excellent order free of associated wear attributed to age / mileage.
The chrome details featured on the filler cap, door handles and boot / rear light surrounds do a magnificent job offsetting the stunning bodywork and add that touch of class to an already elegant affair.
In typical Aston Martin fashion there is a considered balance of the very best traditional material married to the latest in-cabin tech. The deeply bolstered Recaro seats wrap around both driver and passenger wonderfully well with the dashboard and many of the smaller interior pieces now trimmed in hide. Trim fit and finish have survived well with switch gear fully operational.
The detail of the door cards is of particular note, with exposed screws fastening the speaker module leading to the Aston Martin legend and ending with a leather clad arm rest, again a clever execution of modern style and comfort.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
Awaking with a gruff howl the V12 power plant provides layers of sound throughout the rev range. The exhaust note has been engineered perfectly; harmonious when pressing on and little to interfere with the cabin ambience at motorway speeds.
With a comprehensive service record the engine and gearbox are in fine fettle and operation of all driver modes is without fuss or hesitation.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
The lightweight forged-aluminum 19-inch wheels present beautifully, unmarked with a sparkling diamond cut finish. Model specific Yokohama rubber sits on all four corners; as new having all been replaced in July of ’16 some 100 miles ago.
All brake discs and pads were replaced with Works service 6k miles ago.
Delivered in September of 2003 this Vanquish would receive its first complimentary stamp via Stratstone at 803 miles. The subsequent service schedule reads as follows;
18.05.05 – 4,799 miles – Aston Martin Mayfair
06.02.06 – 11,389 miles – Stratstone London
16.05.06 – 14,007 miles – Stratstone London
05.10.07 – 28,387 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
17.04.08 – 31,860 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
24.11.08 – 35,024 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
18.05.09 – 38,395 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
19.11.09 – 42,122 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
09.02.11 – 48,810 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
13.05.14 – 53,032 miles – Aston Martin Mayfair
01.06.15 – 55,393 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
14.07.16 – 57,981 miles – Aston Martin Edinburgh
28.04.17 – 59,470 miles – Aston Martin Works Service
Considering the utmost care and commitment to maintenance, and given the consistent exposure to Newport Pagnells Works service, it is of no surprise that the car sits in a quite excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. The subframe has been checked, cleaned and cleared for any corrosion whilst most recently the car has had a new steering rack, rear exhaust box rubbers and front diff pinion oil seal.
All 4 owners are known from new, with all subsequent service invoices and MOT certificates also accounted for together with all fuel receipts from the last 3 years.
This example presents as the ultimate drivers choice – a formidable testament to careful ownership and consistent main dealer support.
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