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The Vanquish was built in two versions, a two-seater and what became known as the ‘2+2’ with a couple of child-friendly rear seats filling the space that in the two-seater was occupied by a shelf for a golf bag or other luggage. A pleasing blend of up-to-the-minute technology and traditional materials, the interior was dominated by an imposing aluminium centre console extending from fascia to transmission tunnel. Connolly leather upholstery, Wilton carpeting and quilted Alcantara headlining emphasised its Aston Martin heritage for, despite its advanced specification, the Vanquish was built like all other Astons before it, one at a time and by hand. Production ceased in 2007, by which time the model had been upgraded as the Vanquish ‘S’ and the UK list price had risen to over £185,000. The Vanquish is yet another 'James Bond' Aston Martin, having featured in 'Die Another Day' starring Pierce Brosnan as the eponymous secret agent.
The car offered here is an example of the revamped Vanquish ‘S’ that superseded the original version following its debut at the Paris Auto Show in 2004. Chief upgrade concerned the engine, which now produced 520bhp, an output good enough to whistle the 'S' up to 200mph, a figure only recently exceeded by the Aston 177. The previously optional Sports Dynamic Pack of enhanced steering, suspension and brakes came as standard with the ‘S’. It was the last of the line of handbuilt Aston Martins, the last model to be produced at the Newport Pagnell factory and, with only 375 built in right-hand drive, is now a very rare car. At circa £185,000 when new in 2005, exclusivity had its price.
Having owned a DB4 for many years, one of the first Aston Martins produced at Newport Parnell, our vendor was keen to bookend his Astons with a Vanquish ‘S’ the last model to roll out of the factory gates at Newport Pagnell and he commenced a thorough search for the best example he could find. A number of cars were inspected before his search culminated in this lovely example. Its previous owner had intended it to be the centrepiece of a museum in Devon dedicated to “The Best of British”, however, in 2013 the plan was changed and a decision was taken to auction the entire collection. Our determined vendor drove 300 miles there and back to test drive the Vanquish which was duly purchased after an active bidding contest. The original auction catalogue is in the history file.
Classically finished in Tungsten Silver with Black leather (coincidentally the same as the "Die Another Day” car) it’s the practical Plus Two version and was fitted from new with a Linn Hi-Fi, Motorola car phone, Sat-Nav and red brake calipers. Our vendor was particularly attracted by its traceable ownership, being a highly spec’d dealer demonstrator, one family and just two owners together with a full main dealer service history which sealed the deal. An indicated mileage of 23,000 showed that the Aston had seen light regular use and it drove so much better than many much lower mileage examples that he had inspected.
Immediately after purchase Vanquish specialists, Bamford Rose, were entrusted with the car with instructions to completely go through it sorting out any niggles and concerns. The Vanquish has been maintained regardless of expense and the most recent couple of services have, reassuringly, been carried out at Aston Works Service. A complete car assessment by Aston Works is included within the large history file.
Particular emphasis was placed by the vendor in getting the ‘S’ driving as it should, which only a few firms can do correctly, particularly the gearbox which has a reputation for being a little recalcitrant, however, this example is now described as “the best he has ever experienced in a Vanquish”.
The car has just been MOT'd for 12 months (no advisories), was serviced by Aston Works Service less than 150 miles ago and is accompanied by a comprehensive history file.
Our vendor has enjoyed the car for a little over 5,000 miles during his ownership, however, with new cars added to his growing collection, the Aston is simply not being used enough and it’s time for someone else to experience the pleasure of this delightful, correctly set-up, 520bhp, Vanquish ‘S’.