Developed from the 1998 Project Vantage concept car, the V12 Vanquish entered production in 2001. The Vanquish marked a large step in the company’s engineering featuring a bonded aluminium chassis combined with many pieces of traditional craftsmanship ushering in a new era for Aston Martin.
V12 Vanquish featured a body tub made from extruded aluminium and Carbon Fibre with extensive use of more Carbon Fibre and composite materials throughout the crash structure of the car. This extremely rigid and safe body-shell was then clothed in hand-finished, Superformed aluminium panels. Underneath the handmade bonnet sat a 460bhp version of the Aston Martin V12 engine, delivering its power via a 6-speed manual gearbox controlled by an electro-hydraulic paddle shift gear change.
In 2002 the V12 Vanquish became the latest Aston Martin to be driven by James Bond. This special car was painted in Tungsten Silver and was fitted with a number of non-standard options including rockets, guns, ejector seat, and an invisible ‘cloaking device’ – all provided courtesy of ‘Q-branch’ of course.
Building on the sales success of the original Vanquish the Vanquish S featured an increase in engine power (up from 460bhp to 520bhp) and revised gear and back axle ratios. Top speed was quoted as being in excess of 200mph, making it one of the fastest Aston Martin road cars built at Newport Pagnell. The exterior panels were still lovingly hand finished in the factory panel shop from ‘Superformed’ aluminium. Discreet changes to the ‘S’ included a bigger, revised grille, front splitter and a raised rear ‘spoiler’ built into the boot lid to keep the car stable at high speed.
Inside, the Vanquish S showed what could be achieved with beautiful hand stitched leather. The dashboard and many of the smaller interior pieces were now trimmed in hide adding to the bespoke feel of the already impressive 2+0 or 2+2 cabin. Very late cars adopted updated switchgear, an Aston Martin audio system and standard fit Satellite Navigation screen.
As the production life of the Vanquish drew close to the end, a very special limited edition of 50 cars were built. The Vanquish Ultimate featured a unique metallic black paint finish and special trim and fittings.
The vendor of this excellent Right Hand Drive example is a long-time Vanquish owner who decided to replace his high mileage model with the best low mileage example he could find. His business interests take him frequently to Japan, where he found two fantastic examples on offer. Unable to decide between the two, he simply bought both, later deciding which one to keep for himself. As such we are delighted to be able to offer this lovely car today.
Due to the lower mileages covered, coupled with the more favourable climate, Japanese-sourced cars are often in far better condition than their European counterparts. As testament to this, UK specialist JCT600 have just performed a comprehensive inspection and issued this Vanquish with a clean bill of health.
Finished in the stunning combinati
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on of Titanium Silver with a contrasting Phantom Grey hide interior, this is a truly wonderful GT car which is widely tipped to be the “next big thing” in Aston circles.
Showing a mere 16,000 miles from new, and offered at no reserve, this unrepeatable RHD Vanquish S will be sold to the highest bidder on the day. View 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S on www.coys.co.uk for further details.