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ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH V12 2003 (2003) £62,500
- Location: Bucks
Employing a low volume hand built construction process, Stylist Ian McCallum's elegant body design work on the Vanquish adds muscle and the car's chassis was of composite aluminium bonded, for reasons of strength, around a carbon fibre transmission tunnel. Extruded aluminium bulkheads were riveted and bonded to the floor pan with single piece composite side panels. “A” pillars made from braided carbon fibre around a honeycomb centre, the engine, steering and front suspension were mounted on a sub frame crafted from the same materials and bolted to the front bulkhead.
The ancillaries were mounted on a deformable composite crash structure with a similar structure providing for rear impact and aluminium bars allowing for side protection on collision. The flat underside of Vanquish tunnels into venturis generating down force and better high speed stability. The external coachwork was produced using a new process known as “superforming” (super-plastic-forming) and pressed aluminium. This involves bringing the composite to a liquid plastic state and pouring the product over moulds with air pressure employed to control the final shaping. These aerospace quality panels are finally bonded to the composite structure by hand to ensure perfect fit and finish and protected with eight coats of paint.
New 10J x 19 forged alloy road wheels were shod with specially developed Yokohama tyres and braking was by four pot Brembo callipers and 335mm cross drilled discs to the front and similar to the rear with Teves ABS system and engine management control traction to the rear wheels. Tyre pressures were designed to be electronically monitored.
8 Connolly hides and 129 square feet of Wilton carpet in each car, maintained focus on comfort and quality while the use of high tech, hand finished aluminium accentuates the performance environment. Driver and passenger seating was by Recaro with full electric adjustment and heating. Sophisticated climate control was fitted as standard along with other useful driver's aids such as, auto dimming rear view mirror, rain sensitive wipers with a heated windscreen; remote controlled central locking with boot release with an alarm and immobiliser. The rear cabin could be trimmed to form two rear seats.
Developments to the existing Vantage's 48-valve 6.0-litre V12 engine generated a 7% increase in power and a 2.5% increase in torque. The 450bhp developed will propel the Aston Martin Vanquish from rest to 60 in under 4.5 seconds before reaching a maximum speed in excess of 190mph.
The car on offer has had only 3 owners and comes with acres of service history, all of which is either with Aston Martin Works Service or officially appointed Aston Martin Service Centres. First registered in January 2003, the car has covered only 34,000 miles in total and was treated to a major service in September 2012 with an invoice for in excess of £5,000.
The car is presented in an exemplary condition befitting a model that has now ceased to depreciate and will become a must for the serious Aston Martin collector. £62,500
Classic & Sports Car essentials
- Engine layout: Front Engined
- Aspiration: Normally Aspirated
- Engine size (Litres): 5.9
- Engine configuration: V12
- Cylinder layout: V
- Cylinders: 12
- Engine power (BHP): 460
- Torque (lbs/ft): 400
- Top speed (MPH): 190
- Acceleration: 0 to 62 in 4.5 seconds
- Fuel consumption (MPG): 16.7
- Driven wheels: Rear Wheel Drive
- Previous owners: 2
- Mileage: 34,000
- Year: 2003
- Doors: 2
- Body type: Coupe
- Transmission type: Manual
- Fuel type: Petrol
- Colour: Silver