ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH V12 S 2005
Unveiled to the world at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin Vanquish was a step change for Aston Martin in a number of areas. Rather than a reskinned version of another manufacturers product, as had largely been the case with the case with the DB7, or a car built on successive evolutions of previous models, the Vanquish was completely new in almost every regard and in many ways was truly cutting edge design. It was a tremendously successful car for the company, being its flagship model from 2001 to the end of production at the companies old headquarters in Newport Pagnell in 2007.
Powered by Aston Martin’s 6 litre V12, which was also adopted by the DB7 around the same time, gone was the V8 rubble of the earlier cars. A clever system of valves in the car’s exhaust system ensuring a spine tingling sound track when the car was used in anger, combined with a subtle and menacing growl at low speeds. A true “brute in a suit” theme tune.
Then there was the paddle shift gearbox. Greatly improved in later years, as with our car, but still on vogue in its original configuration for the time, it provided a F1 imitating gearshifts at the drivers finger tips. And it was a true manual transmission, not and automatic with paddles pretending to be something it wasn’t.
The chassis was absolutely cutting edge for its time with a bonded aluminium monocoque providing the main structure with cast aluminium suspension turrets at the front and carbon fibre crash structures at both ends of the car. Even the car’s A pillars were formed from carbon fibre.
The body however harked back to Aston Martin’s roots, with a full aluminium body, hand finished by the craftsmen of Newport Pagnell, just has all of the original factories cars had been for the previous four decades.
The design of the body was entrusted to Ian Callum. Ian had already brought his lightness of touch and understanding of how to illustrate elegance-with-power in metal with the companies previous model, the DB7. In the Vanquish Ian further perfected his art and the vanquish was given muscular rear haunches and a much more imposing grille. The cars sheer size also added to the overall impression of menace.
With a near 200 mph top speed and exhilarating acceleration produced from it 520bhp, it was little wonder that the team at Newport Pagnell could not build the cars fast enough to keep up with demand. And of course the car, as with one or two previous Aston Martins, became the ride of choice for 007 in Die another Day in 2002.
Our car belongs to its designer Ian Callum. Ian is a long term friend of our business and has asked us to find a good home for a car that means an awful lot to him. With a good service history, as with all of our cars it has also been through our workshop, and now wants for nothing. Finished in the best colour for a Vanquish, Tungsten Silver with black interior and with only a little over 25000 miles on the clock, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a low mileage Vanquish and the only opportunity to own the car chosen by the designer himself, Ian Callum.
Ian will be very happy to provide a signed photo with the car and meet the lucky new owner. He will also sign the car its self if you wish.
- Layout Front Engined
- Size 5.9L
- Aspiration Normally Aspirated
- Power 520 bhp
- Torque 426 lbs/ft
- Top speed 207 mph
- Acceleration 0 to 62 in 4.5 s
- Type Auto
- Gears 6
- Driven wheels Rear Wheel Drive
- Type Petrol
- Economy 14.9 mpg
- Seats 2
- Doors 2
- Colour Silver
- Body type Coupe
- Emissions 448 (g/km)
- Vehicle height 1,330 mm
- Vehicle width 1,923 mm
- Owners 2
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