﹒Desirable ‘S’ spec ﹒Fabulous condition throughout ﹒Impressive history file
In the century or so that Aston Martin has been building motor cars, they’ve experienced more ups and downs than a pogoing punk on a trampoline. The Ford buyout in the 1980s sought to reinvigorate the brand, while at once Ford-ifying the manufacturing processes, and after the launch of the DB7 in 1993 everything changed for Aston Martin: the company’s first model to make extensive use of composite materials, it was engineered by Tom Walkinshaw Racing on Aston’s behalf, with all cars being built at a newly-acquired factory at Bloxham, Oxfordshire which had previously served for the assembly of Jaguar XJ220s.
And if there’s one model that really pushed Aston Martin into the aspirations of the modern motoring elite, it was the V12 Vanquish. This leviathan represented another sea change in the marque’s engineering direction, boasting extensive carbon-fibre and aluminium extrusions, with everything bonded together rather than bolted or riveted.
The venerable V12’s output was stretched to 460bhp, and the Vanquish featured such racy developments as drive-by-wire throttle and an electrohydraulic manual gearbox. The model launched in 2001, although it was its appearance in the movie Die Another Day that truly sealed its fate. Yes, as with so much of Aston Martin’s lengthy history of movie tie-ins and cultural snapshot iconography, it was the indelible influence of that Martini-suckling 00-agent that once again ensured that British-built sports cars with winged badges adorned every child’s bedroom wall and flew off the shelves of toy shops like Buzz Lightyears and Furbies combined. Heck, they sold a few road cars too… Wayne Rooney, Michael Jordan, Thierry Henry, David Beckham – anyone who was anyone who ran around for a living was getting papped in their shiny silver V12s. Hollywood was bursting with them as well – Hugh Grant went everywhere in his Vanquish, and of course Pierce Brosnan had to have one. As questionable as Die Another Day may have been as a movie, the car was very much the star. Vanquish production ran through to 2007, with over 2,500 examples finding homes.
…and the model we have here is more special than most. The little ‘S’ badge on the bootlid stands for a lot: debuting at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, the updated Vanquish S sported a power increase up to 520bhp, while body changes including a reprofiled nose and higher bootlid with integrated lip spoiler resulted in a better drag coefficient. Revised gear ratios turned it into a genuine 200mph car. The last all-new model to be constructed at the Newport Pagnell plant, this final-year 2007 example represents the crescendo of a magnificent era.
There’s a massive history file with this low-mileage car, and we can see that it’s always been looked after by specialists. Well-specced from new, the optional extras include the desirable 2+2 seating, heated windscreen, Bluetooth function and black brake calipers. All-original and beautifully presented, we can also see from the documentation that the car was sold by Aston Sales Kensington for £135,000 in 2018.
This Vanquish S comes with a large file of paperwork, crucially including a fully stamped service history. We can see that it’s been serviced every year by respected marque specialists including Stratstone, Desmond J. Smail, and Aston Service London. All of the old MOTs are present, along with a substantial sheaf of documentation outlining the servicing and work that’s been carried out over the years. It had an air-con service and four-wheel alignment in 2019, rear lower wishbone bushes and ignition coils in 2016 along with new pedal rubbers and driver’s side carpet, and a new ASM pump and exhaust insulation socks in 2017.
Every chapter of this Aston’s life has been carefully documented.
The Vanquish’s interior was very tastefully optioned from new, featuring Obsidian Black leather trim with Falcon Grey stitching, and an Alcantara headlining in Tailors Grey. The centre console option was the handy storage box, and it’s pleasing to note that all the original detail parts are present: the factory-fit umbrella is mounted inside the bootlid, and the correct ballpoint pen is still in its holder inside the glovebox. The seats are all in excellent condition, with no wear, cracks, tears or patination to the leather, and the fronts tilt forward correctly to allow access to the rear. The carpets and headlining are in excellent condition, and the doorcards have no scuffs or scratches. The dash is in good order with no marks and no wear to the switchgear. The elegant dials are all working correctly, as is the factory-fit audio system. Every button we pressed did what it was supposed to do – this is evidently a car which has been cherished and carefully looked after. Inside the boot it’s all clean and tidy, with the original first aid kit and SmartTire module on the right and the towing eye and warning triangle under the carpet.
Finished in sparkling Titanium Silver, the Vanquish S really does have an imposing profile with those wide rear haunches and that hunkered-down stance. The paintwork is excellent; the nose is free from stone-chips, and there’s no evidence of scratches, scuffs or scrapes anywhere. Panel fit is superb with even gaps all round, and the window glass and light lenses are in great condition. All of the correct badges and trim pieces are present and correct, and the wheels are in very good condition and fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in the correct staggered widths. And the visual impact of this magnificent creature is undeniable – every single person who passed by our photoshoot slowed down to offer a thumbs-up!
It’s a mighty drivetrain that lurks within the Vanquish S. The 5.9-litre V12 serves up a vivid 520bhp, at once deep-lunged and effortless, and it’s well suited to the paddle-shift automated 6-speed manual. We can see from the history that it’s always been correctly maintained, and on our test drive it performed very impressively indeed: starting and idling with the perfect manners you’d expect of a modern sports car, it pulls with extraordinary eagerness through the gears and the transmission shifts slickly. There are no undue noises, no creaks or rattles, and no reported issues with the suspension, brakes or steering. A well looked-after car, it’s every bit as impressive as you’d hope.
The Vanquish S is a model very dear to the hearts of the dyed-in-the-wool Aston Martin enthusiasts. The final all-new model to be constructed at the legendary Newport Pagnell plant, it’s a real snapshot in time. And being an example from the very final run in the model’s last year, the one we have here is extremely special indeed. It has a very desirable spec, a thorough history file, and is presented in superb condition inside and out. Let’s face it, there’s a little part of every car enthusiast that wants to own a Vanquish someday – and once the decision’s been made to act upon that desire, you’re unlikely to find a more attractive proposition than this superb Vanquish S.
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