Chassis Number: SCFAC14316B 502231
Engine Number: AM06/16220
UK Registration Number: TBA
Date of first reg: 25th July 2006
Exterior colour: Obsidian Black
Interior colour: Obsidian Black
Current Odometer reading: 40,950 km
Options: Piano Black Dash, Black Dials, Heated seats, Heated windscreen, Air conditioning, Power assisted steering, Electric windows, Sequential 6 speed transmission, Linn 950W Sound System
The Vanquish had a controversial birth. It had been given a big build up in time for its UK debut at the 2000 Birmingham Motor Show, but it created more headlines by not appearing at the NEC. It was reported that Dr Ulrich Bez, the Chief Executive of Aston Martin, was unhappy with the fact that the Vanquish was using dashboard air vents from a Ford Ka. Despite the quality of the parts, he was not prepared for a £164,000 flagship supercar to share parts quite so obviously with a £7,000 shopping special. It reflects Aston Martin’s approach to the Vanquish – it was a flagship model designed to compete with the Ferrari 550 Maranello, a car that Aston Martin forensically examined to understand the quality standards required
Stylist Ian McCallum’s elegant body design work on the Vanquish adds muscle and aggression to the previously svelte lines. Employing a low volume hand-built construction process, 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 venturies 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 piston Brembo callipers biting 335mm gross drilled discs to the front and similar to the rear with a 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 were 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.
Developments to the old DB7 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 1820kg Aston from rest to 60 in under 4.5 seconds before reaching a maximum speed in excess of 190mph.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is fast establishing its reputation as a modern icon – a truly classic Aston Martin.
In a very desirable colour and seating combination, this is an outstanding car and a great opportunity to kick off your Aston Martin collection or perhaps even add to it.
Built to Australian specification and first registered in Johannesburg, this beautiful Vanquish S was acquired by a South African Aston Martin enthusiast in September 2011 through Aston Martin Cape Town. With residences in South Africa and the UK, the owner imported the car into the UK in 2015, and all Customs & Excise NOVA documentation is in order and the car was registered on his personalised plate. That plate has been retained and the car is offered for sale with its age designated DVLA registration mark.
There is a clear record of the car’s early maintenance provided by Aston Martin Cape Town from the Aston Martin website and the current owner has ensured the car’s continued full-service record during his ownership.
There are a couple of acknowledge anomalies which may be addressed on the sale of the car or accepted as an amusing idiosyncracy by the next owner – the original specification in its destination country did not include satellite navigation and of course whilst our Australian friends have the steering wheel on the right, they record their journeys in kilometres. A MPH speedometer face was put on the car but the odometer still reads kilometres out of its unusual black dial layout
But this car has the true sheen of a perfectly maintained car whose condition belies its continental journeys – those were over the oceans so the odometer only records its modest use on the roads – its service history is anything but modest – if you have always wanted a Vanquish, have this one, its one of the best!
18.03.15 34,122 km
18.04.16 36,093 km
19.04.17 39,623 km
23.03.18 40,190 km
18.04.18 40,199 km
25.02.19 40,485 km
17.07.06- Mileage: 00,083 km- Service Agent: Aston Martin Sandton
May 2007- Mileage: 1,500 km- Service Agent: AM Sandton
10.12.08- Mileage: 04,590 km- Service Agent: AM Sandton
20.01.10- Mileage: 05,973 km- Service Agent: AM Sandton
Dec 2010- Mileage: 07,204 km- Service Agent: AM Sandton
13.01.12- Mileage: 14,839 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
66 month service, oil, pollen and air filters, rectify poor electrical connection and driver’s door plug
25.04.12- Mileage: 18,147 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
Fit Larini Sports Exhaust box
10.05.12- Mileage: 18,396 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
Fit and balance new rear tyres
16.07.13- Mileage: 27,188 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
Call out battery flat, non-starter
15.08.13- Mileage: 27,893 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
AM Extended Warranty
19.09.13- Mileage: 27,922 km - Service Agent: AM Cape Town
13.01.15- Mileage: 34,078 km- Service Agent: AM Cape Town
96 month annual service, replace filters
18.02.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: HMRC
Confirm NOVA import checks NOVA15P750114
31.03.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: CARS UK Ltd
UK Type approval, plates, dashboard change MOT
28.04.16- Mileage: 36,066 km- Service Agent: HWM
7,500 mile service, replace coils and plugs, MOT, replace radiator bottom hose, replace horn, o/s lower wishbone bush
09.05.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: HWM
Geometry check, 4 wheel alignment replacing trackrod arms
20.06.16- Mileage: 36,250 km- Service Agent: HWM
Attend to loose exhaust brackets noted at last visit
22.07.16- Mileage: 36,478 km- Service Agent: HWM
Air conditioning not working, coolant diverter valve sticking, renewed valve and replenished coolant
10.03.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Universal Classic Cars
Front lower splitter, remove film & paint, o/s door scratch and chips, o/s/r ¼ panel, blend to match colour, 4 wheel refurb, 2 day detailing
23.05.17- Mileage: 39,572 km- Service Agent: HWM
15,000 mile service renew n/s & o/s rear shock absorber rose joints
05.05.19- Mileage: 40,493 km- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering
Engine service including replacement of belts and upper bypass hoses, oils and filters, check transmission, suspension and steering. Supply, paint and fit new splitter to front bumper. Balance of service and MOT
22.05.20- Mileage: 40,889- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering
Engine service, check steering, suspension, brakes, tyres, remove & refit o/s/r lamp assembly