2005 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish S
In 1998 renowned British automotive designer Ian Callum, the newly arrived head of design at Aston Martin, was tasked with designing a flagship Aston Martin that would usher the company into the new millenium. After Callum’s stints at Ford and TWR, where he designed the legendary Ford RS200 and Nissan R390 GT1, Aston Martin was familiar territory, as he aided in the design of the Aston Martin DB7, which was developed by TWR for Aston. Callum drew design inspiration for the new V12 Vanquish from Aston Martin’s rich heritage, with the DB4GT Zagato serving as Callum’s primary muse. Callum’s finished product was achingly beautiful, and released to critical and popular acclaim in 2001. The V12 Vanquish’s starring role in the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day cemented its place into the history books, and is lauded as one of the top ten most beautiful cars of all time by Autocar Magazine.
The V12 Vanquish’s excellence was not skin deep; Aston Martin’s engineering excellence was evident throughout. Underneath, the car featured a bonded aluminum composite chassis with a carbon fiber backbone developed in partnership with chassis magicians Lotus. All-new front and rear independent suspension complemented the supercar-spec chassis, and a highly evolved version of Aston Martin’s recently released 5.9L V12 provided supercar-level performance and a spine-tingling soundtrack. On its debut the Vanquish was exceptionally well received by the motoring press, being described by Road & Track magazine as, “the ultimate Grand Tourer”.
The V12 Vanquish’s 2001 to 2007 production run would be the last to be lovingly hand built at Aston Martin’s historic Newport Pagnell production facility. As such, the V12 Vanquish is the end of an era for Aston Martin, being the final hand-built Aston Martin, and the final model produced at Newport Pagnell. With only 1,503 examples of the first generation V12 Vanquish produced, the car is as rare as it is beautiful.
The Cultivated Collector's 2005 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish S presents stunningly in Jet Black, the interior 2+2 seating upholstered in Obsidian Black with black alcantara, and currently shows just over 11,300 miles since new. With consistent maintenance from new, this V12 Vanquish is in exceptional condition throughout, a turn-key example of the ultimate modern Grand Tourer that is ready to enjoy on the open road.