2003 Aston Martin Vanquish
As A28 Classics has now ceased trading due to retirement, we have decided to sell off some of the cars and motorbikes that we have kept in our own personal collection.
The original Aston Martin Vanquish, now sometimes known as the V12 Vanquish, was a landmark model in the history of the company. It was the last model to be handmade at the Newport Pagnell factory, featuring the use of hand beaten aluminium panels, as had been the case for all models, until the new facility at Gaydon was introduced in 2003. It also featured the introduction of an all new 6 litre V12 engine, an all-new bonded aluminium chassis, and an all new six speed paddle shift gearbox. When it was launched in 2001 it also featured in the James Bond film Die Another Day, linking Aston Martin with the James Bond franchise for the first time since the 1980s; a partnership that has subsequently endured until the present date.
The original Vanquish model was made from 2001 until 2005 when the Vanquish S model was launched with upgrades that increased engine performance from 460 bhp to 520 bhp. The original model had a 0-60mph time of 4.6 seconds and a top speed over 190 mph. Around 1500 original models were produced and around 900 S models, until production ceased in 2007 when the factory at Newport Pagnell was closed as the site turned its attentions to the Heritage part of the Aston Martin business.
The original Vanquish is an eye-catching design that we believe has aged extremely well. It is east to see its influence on subsequent models such as the DB9, V8 Vantage and DBS. It is recognised as the flagship model that relaunched Aston Martin into the 21st century.
We have owned our car since 2009. It is a 2003 model, chassis number 500915, delivered to Aston Martin itself where it was the press car until it was sold to the Murray Motor Company in September 2004. The car stayed in Scotland where it was owned by a two different Scottish companies, Lomond Homes, and Teague Homes, before being transferred to a director of Teague Homes, Vicky Teague. It was then owned by Optical Express until we bought it in May 2009. The car has been maintained by Aston Martin dealers or specialist independents throughout its life as is evidenced by both the service book and the receipts of work undertaken in the history file. Altogether there are 15 service stamps with the last service being undertaken by Historic Cars in May 2021. Since we owned the car, we have spent over £20,000 on maintenance with receipts on file to evidence the expenditure.
The car is finished in Tungsten Silver (the Bond car colour) with black leather seats with grey insets, black leather interior, and a grey Alcantara headlining. It has several options: grey brake callipers, chrome exterior door releases, rear parking sensors, heated front seats, 2+2 seating, a fire extinguisher, Sat Nav with UK and European discs, front stone-guards and a heated front screen.
The current mileage is 32,171; when we bought the car the mileage was 21,407. During our close to 13 years of ownership it has performed unerringly well. The clutch was renewed when we bought the car, which is around 11,000 miles ago. We also upgraded the ASM gearbox software at that time. The gearbox has performed with no problems during our ownership. The only other gearbox maintenance that has been needed is a top up of the ASM hydraulic fluid from time to time. In the last few years, the coils and spark plugs have been changed, as well as the front discs. The rear discs were also changed earlier in our ownership.
We have a full history file, a bespoke Carcraft indoor cover, both owner’s manuals, long and short, all the glove box items, namely a pen, a torch, a multi-tool, a notepad, and a tyre pressure gauge. We also have both keys.
All in all, we believe this is a well-maintained low mileage car, in very good driving condition. There are some minor areas of paintwork that could be touched up, but generally the car presents extremely well as is evidenced in the photos. We have thoroughly enjoyed owning and driving it; it is a well-built, well-conceived Grand Tourer, fast, comfortable, and quick. We hope it gives its new owner as much pleasure as it has given us.