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An entirely new Aston Martin for the 21st Century, the Vanquish debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2001, with deliveries commencing a few months later. The Vanquish took over from the Vantage V8, the Newport Pagnell factory undergoing an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment to accommodate it, gaining a new assembly line, paint shop, rolling road and water test facility.
Styled by the legendary Scot, Ian Callum, the man also responsible for the DB7 and DB9, the Vanquish was developed with assistance from Aston Martin's parent company, Ford, using constructional techniques more advanced than those of any then-current road car. The monocoque tub was made of heat-cured bonded aluminium, braced by a central tunnel of carbon fibre to create a lightweight structure of exceptional rigidity, thus enabling the chassis engineers to develop suspension combining excellent handling and road holding with unrivalled ride quality. As well as its superior strength/weight ratio compared to aluminium, the carbon fibre backbone also provided better insulation from the transmission and exhaust heat in the cabin. The all-independent suspension followed the accepted supercar norm and comprised double aluminium wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube damper and anti-roll bar front and rear. Four-wheel ventilated steel disc brakes gripped by four-piston callipers provided all the stopping power one needs, while ABS and traction control afforded maximum security in poor road conditions or 'on the limit'. Aston Martin's first power unit of its type, the 6.0-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine developed 460bhp at 6,800rpm, with 400lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 revs. In its 'Stage 2' Vanquish specification it benefited from an 18kgs weight reduction, most of which was shed from the rotating masses to improve throttle response. A spin-off from Formula 1 technology, the state-of-the-art electronic engine management system provided 'drive by wire' throttle control and was linked to the six-speed manual gearbox's electro-hydraulic change mechanism, a 'first' for a production car. The gearchange was controlled by F1-style paddles and could be operated in either of two modes - fully manual and computer-controlled automatic - with a 'sport' setting available on both.
This car, appropriately for a 'James Bond' type of Aston, was supplied through Aston Martin Mayfair and registered to “Royal Privy Purse” of Windsor Rd, Ascot on 1st June 2003. Remaining with them until 2016 it has only been registered to two private keepers since ~ both maintaining the car well and keeping the mileage correspondingly low.
Who used the car in its early days is unclear, so one can only speculate about which particular member of the Royal Family used it.
The first registration number was LF03 VNN but the car is not allowed to be returned to that particular number, so today it is registered LE03 YYF. However, the mileage today of 16,709 is confirmed as correct through the complete MOT history and is therefore warranted as genuine. Meanwhile, the service history is mostly completed through Works Service and official dealers early on, but several specialists have serviced it more recently including Bamford Rose in Sep 2019. It looks really special in the metal, the traditional Aston gunmetal grey really glinting in the sunlight and maximising on the car’s amazing and iconic design.
In the history file are most of the service invoices, the original aluminium hand pack and instructions, as well as spare keys and even the navigation CD, and MOT history and a letter on file confirming the necessary plate change.
An exciting car with an interesting story to tell.