Only 24,200 miles with 8 service stamps, the last only 600 miles ago;
recent new tyres; 460bhp and 190mph; rare model, one of only 1,566
made; cost over £170k new
The last car to be hand-built at Aston’s spiritual home in Newport Pagnell before moving to a mass production facility in Gaydon, the 2001 V12 Vanquish had ‘classic’ written all over it from the outset.
Styled by Ian Callum with chassis input from the boffins at Lotus, its construction contained the DNA of endurance racing cars – a body tub made of bonded aluminium braced by a carbon fibre backbone to form a shell of exceptional rigidity.
The state-of-the-art suspension used aluminium double wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear, the aim being track car handling with near saloon car ride. Ventilated disc brakes with four-piston callipers brought the big GT to a halt.
Central to the Vanquish’s purpose was an engine capable of fending off the top European supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. With input from Cosworth, the 48-valve 6-litre V12 developed 460bhp with 400lb/ft of torque readily available in the engine’s mid rev range. Allied to an F1-style paddle-shift 6-speed gearbox, this made it good for 0-60 in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 190mph.
Like the DB5 before, the Vanquish was considered worthy of 007 in the film ‘Die Another Day’. And like James Bond, its impeccably tailored exterior oozed sophistication while leaving one in no doubt of the latent violence within.
Supplied new by Lancaster Sevenoaks in February 2002, this Vanquish has covered only 24,138 miles with eight service stamps in the book, the last only 600 miles ago by AM specialists Pugsley & Lewis in January this year which cost £3,906 and included 12 new coil packs and spark plugs. The preceding two services were by Broughtons of Cheltenham and the previous five were by Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell with various supporting invoices.
A 2+2 model with useful rear seats, it is finished in Stronsay Silver with a black leather interior and has a Tracker theft recovery system fitted although the subscription for this may need to be renewed. It has had five owners to date, the fourth keeping it for 15 years (2007 – 2022) with the registration number JUS 11N.
Supplied with all its original aluminium-cased handbooks, it has an MOT until January 2024 with no advisories recorded. As you can see in the photos, it is in excellent condition for its age with just a few very minor paint blemishes that we could spot. The wheels have been refurbished very recently and a new set of Kumho Ecsta tyres fitted.
Starting promptly and running nicely as we have moved it around on site, with no warning lights and a very seductive exhaust note, it is on offer here at an attractive guide price and would have cost over £170k new.
With only 1,566 V12 Vanquish coupes (and 1,012 Vanquish S models) made in total before it was replaced by the Gaydon-built DBS in 2007, this is a sure-fire classic of the future.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
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