Classified Hero: 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

The Vanquish marked a new era for Aston Martin and it was also the car that tempted 007 back to the brand

The Aston Martin Vanquish replaced the ageing Virage in 2001 and launched Aston Martin into the modern era. This flagship would take on other prominent GT cars such as the Ferrari 575M and so wielded a 5.9-litre V12 into battle.

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Penned by famed designer Ian Callum, the Aston Martin Vanquish is one of the most seductive looking cars on the road. The beautifully sculpted shape took inspiration from the famous 1960s DB4 Zagato and incorporates broad shoulders and curvaceous front wings. Viewed from above, the Vanquish presents an elegant hourglass shape making it a truly handsome thing from all angles.

Under the long bonnet is a naturally aspirated 5.9-litre V12 engine generating 460bhp and a glorious soundtrack. Power was sent to the rear wheels via an automatic transmission with paddle shifters — sadly the weakest element of the package. It was symptomatic of the time that this type of gearbox was slow to respond or easily caught out when the drivers put their foot down. 0-60mph was still delivered in 4.7 seconds. Aston Martin later offered a service to convert your Vanquish to a six-speed manual transmission.

James Bond received a less than standard Vanquish from Q-branch for his Die Another Day mission. A high-speed chase between Bond’s Aston and villian Zao’s Jaguar XKR saw each vehicle deploying a series of weapons and countermeasures. 007 ultimately defeats the Jag by using the Vanquish’s active cloaking technology to turn invisible at a pivotal moment. That scene might have been a step too far for moviegoers, but the car itself was a welcome addition to the Bond franchise.

In 2004 the Aston Martin Vanquish was upgraded with an S model that boosted power to 520bhp, surpassing the Ferrari 575M. Upgraded suspension, steering, brakes, and bodywork made the V12 GT a sharper car to drive.

Today’s Classified Hero is this immaculate 2002 Vanquish finished in AML Racing Green Metallic with green and cream interior. It boasts luxuries such as climate control, heated seats and a CD autochanger. But what really caught our eye was that this car has undergone the transmission transplant and now features a manual gearbox. Costing £23,379 when done by Aston Martin, this transformation is becoming increasingly popular.

This 58,300-mile car has been well looked after and has had plenty of money spent on it over the years. A new exhaust system and accelerator pedal was fitted at a cost of over £11,000. The car also comes with the victory (V17ORY) registration and a six-month warranty.

This Aston Martin Vanquish is currently for sale with Classic Chrome Ltd listed at £89,995.

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