Chassis Number: SCFAC13333B500557
Engine Number: AM3/00635
UK Registration Number: TBA
Date of first reg: 15th November 2002
Exterior colour: Antrim Blue
Interior colour: Parchment with Pacific
Current Odometer reading: 35,744
Options: Heated Front Seats,Heated Windscreen, Front stone Guard, 6-Speed manual transmission, Red Coloured brake calipers, Power fold mirrors, Linn Audio, Satellite Navigation, Tracker Alarm,
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 venturis 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 was 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. The rear cabin could be trimmed to form two rear seats.
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.
No-one has doubted the intrinsic beauty of the automotive art that the Aston Martin Vanquish represents – the only doubts that people had were the drive of the then Chief Executive of the company, Ulrich Bez to launch the car with a paddle gearchange.
The upgrade to a manual gearbox dismissed those doubts and every Aston Martin enthusiast’s dreams are articulated in this wonderful example – the understated Antrim Blue exterior that seems to emphasise the classic lines of the car. The Parchment leather interior that creates a sense of luxury and the perfect environment to enjoy the enhanced power and performance of a true supercar.
An exceptional car ready for a discerning buyer.
Registered in November 2002, this 2003 model year car was supplied new by HWM in Surrey by a Stephen Friend and the car was registered in the name of one of his companies. Two more notes of remark about Mr Friends stewardship of this car were what he describes as an “off road” moment that necessitated repairs that were carried out at Aston Martin Works Service to manufacturer quality and further changes in the name of the registered keeper within his own group of companies. There is a letter on file from Mr Friend confirming these changes and that his was the singular ownership in this period.
The car was sold to its second owner, a Robert Hewlett of Wetherby in August 2007 who enjoyed the car before it was brokered to the current owner by Byron International in January 2009.
The current owner has an abiding passion for Aston Martins and one of his reason for acquiring a Vanquish was the introduction, by Aston Martin Works Service, of a conversion of the car back to a full manual gearchange – three pedals and a stick! So in went the car for the upgrade and so it has been throughout his ownership – detail maintenance contribute to making this Aston Martin Vanquish a true modern classic..
12.11.02- Mileage: 00,085- Service Agent: HWM
22.01.03- Mileage: 1,028- Service Agent: HWM
1,000 mile service
31.03.05- Mileage: 08,105- Service Agent: HWM
15,000 mile service
15.06.06- Mileage: 09,754- Service Agent: HWM
22,500 mile service
21.11.08- Mileage: 14,774- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
24 month extended warranty
16.01.09- Mileage: 14,774- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
140 point inspection to apply extended warranty, Check and adjust handbrake settings, Remove and replace both front shock absorbers, remove and replace both front track rod ends. Replace tyre pressure sensors in wheels refit and balance. Replace front mud flap, full geometry check, carry out exhaust bypass switch upgrade, replace headlamp bulbs with Extreme White units. Renew front bumper cover lower rubber air dam, reseal nose panel to wings, dent less repair to n/s door. Replace o/s door aperture seal, install crystal starter button, install I Pod upgrade, replace cigar lighter. Machine polish
27.02.09- Mileage: 14,951- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
Carry out 45,000 mile service. Carry out manual gearbox conversion
09.10.09- Mileage: 17,183- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
52,500 mile service. Replace radiator hoses, install clamps to air intake breather pipes. Replace front brake pads and clean/lubricate calipers and discs. Replace steering rack, renew leaking rear tailshaft oil seal. Remove rear hypoid unit and install S type unit. Supply exchange wheels, send for specialist finishing, paint Antrim Blue and fine diamond turn outer rims and spoke faces leaving these bare aluminium. Full geometry check, mop and polish, supply and fit replacement mesh/grilles to lower nose.
05.03.10- Mileage: 19,347- Service Agent: Aston Martin South Africa
Replace spark plugs and coils
28.04.10- Mileage: 20,449- Service Agent: Aston Martin South Africa
22,500 mile service and replace wiper blades
03.09.10- Mileage: 21,789- Service Agent: Aston Martin South Africa
Supply and fit 4 tyres
24.03.11- Mileage: 24,670- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
Clear engine management lamps, replace airbox cover gasket, secure breather pipes. Renew leaking hose, install brake reservoir carry out handbrake set up procedure. Renew power steering fluid, replace transmission insultation webbing. Refit gear lever to rectify rattle, remove broken undertray/subframe fixings, lubricate anti roll bar bushes, renew left hand rear toe link and fixings. Geometry alignment, install air dam rubber, renew reflector bezels, refit interior bulb.
25.03.11- Mileage: 24,670- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
MOT, Dismantle rear suspension, renew upper and lower wishbones renew lower hypoid unit mountings
12.08.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: GT Coachworks
Paint front end and blend into doors and refinish to a high quality
13.01.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AuitoHistoric
Remove and strip rear suspension unit, recondition and refinish subframe to include cavity wax injection. Reassemble and reinstall, replace gearbox output shaft seal, replace rear number plate, replace fuel filters
08.05.12- Mileage: 28,250- Service Agent: Harwoods of Chichester
Low mileage service and brake fluid change
31.07.13- Mileage: 31,755- Service Agent: HWM
15,000 mile service and refurbish n/s/r alloy wheel
18.07.14- Mileage: 32,186- Service Agent: HWM
7,500 mile service, replace coolant pipe from header to front of engine, replace plugs and coils
20.09.15- Mileage: 34,140- Service Agent: HWM
7,500 mile service, repair plastic trim, 140 point check over, replace o/s/r track rod arm bush. Replace n/s/r shock bottom bush
20.05.16- Mileage: 34,896- Service Agent: HWM
Concern over charging of battery – extensive checks of systems and charge rates, no fault found
31.05.16- Mileage: 34,896- Service Agent: HWM
19.12.16- Mileage: 35,013- Service Agent: HWM
Investigate non-start, stripped and checked all wiring – found live to primary nodule, swapped primary and secondary nodules – suspect relay had seized. Audio system not shutting down when key removed has been draining battery, renew and refit
31.05.17- Mileage: 35,526- Service Agent: HWM
7,500 mile service including brake fluid change
03.11.17- Mileage: 35,637- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering
Oil & filter, replace air filter, replace upper cooling system hoses, check air conditioning and all levels/belts/hoses. Inspect steering, transmission, suspension, brakes, strip and replace tyres, check chassis, replace o.s.f mud flap, replace wiper blades
07.03.19- Mileage: 35,744- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering
Change oil & filter, add fuel system flushing agent, check cooling and air conditioning systems, check all hoses. Inspect all transmission and steering elements and power steering levels. Check all suspension components and brakes, bleed entre system replenishing all fluid Clean road wheels and check balance settings and pressures, torque wheels to manufacturer settings. Inspect underside of car, clean and refit undertrays, check security of all external fittings. Carry out full electrical check, glue R/H horn button and carry out remainder of manufacturer’s service, road test and clean car