2002 – Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

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2002 – Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
French circulation permit Chassis n°SCFAC23312B500271 Engine no. 00337 - Sleek lines, cutting-edge technology and a prestigious coat of arms - Superb color combination and 2+2 version - Barely 52,000 kms with regular network maintenance - Immobilized for a gearbox problem Unveiled at the 1998 Detroit Auto Show as the "Project Vantage" concept car, the Aston Martin Vanquish was officially presented at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show in a form surprisingly close to that of the concept car. It was part of the firm's revival, replacing the Virage. The design was by Ian Callum, the father of the DB7, who had already worked with the Ford group, to which Aston Martin belonged at the time. The line is both muscular and elegant. It is in keeping with the tradition and elegance of the English brand, while exuding a resolutely modern impression of power. The Vanquish has been designed using the very best technologies available. In fact, the car features a new, high-performance, rigid chassis combining carbon, aluminum and composite materials. The bodywork is also in aluminum. Cosworth Racing's engine is a 5.9-liter V12 developing 460 hp and 540 Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed sequentially-shifted robotized gearbox with steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Braking is provided by oversized Brembo discs, 355 mm at the front and 330 mm at the rear, both perforated and ventilated. At the same time, the Vanquish boasts excellent aerodynamics and a flat bottom, enabling it to run the kilometer from a standing start in less than 24 seconds and break the symbolic 300 km/h barrier! The interior is also highly polished, with a profusion of Connolly leather and Wilton carpeting, combined with aluminum to add a touch of modernism to the plush ambience. As an option, the Vanquish can be fitted with rear seats and thus become a 2+2. It takes almost eight weeks to produce a Vanquish, which is still handcrafted with hand-assembled bodywork. In fact, it was the last Aston Martin to be hand-built at the historic Newport Pagnell factory. Only 1,489 examples have rolled off the production line over the years. What's more, the Vanquish can be considered a true rolling prototype. So it's quite fascinating. The model presented here is an Aston Martin Vanquish V12 5.9L in the advantageous 2+2 version. Delivered new by the British Motors dealership in Monaco on May 31, 2002, this Vanquish was probably used as a demonstration car before being put on the road on November 13, 2002. According to the file and service book available, it remained in the south of France until 2012, before being registered in Belgium and Luxembourg, finally returning to France in 2022. It sports a magnificent and rare midnight blue metallic (Mendip Blue metallic) configuration with white leather interior and blue carpets, further enhancing the appeal of this splendid GT. Regularly serviced, the car has clocked up 52,008 kms and is in excellent condition. The bodywork is free from any noticeable defects, and is particularly well preserved and enhanced by the ceramic treatment it has received. The interior is equally well preserved, with upholstery in near-new condition, particularly in the rear seats. Mechanically, this Vanquish is also in very good condition, having been serviced in the brand's own network. It was last serviced in March 2022, when it had 49666 kms, and the ignition coils were changed in 2023. However, the car has been immobilized for around 6 months now, due to a sudden problem with the gearbox, which no longer responds and is the model's known weakness. It is therefore being sold as it is, non-functional, with no up-to-date MOT less than 6 months old, although the last one, dated 11/17/2022 at 50,582 kms, was clean. At the option of its future owner, it can either be reconditioned or converted to a manual gearbox, as has become Aston Martin's custom in the face of this type of recurring problem on the Vanquish, to enable the full potential of this exceptional automobile to be exploited with serenity. Once back in service, this Vanquish will gratify you with its bewitching sound, making it a fine collector's item for any enthusiast. All the more so when you consider that it is available in a
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