With classic-era Aston Martins rapidly appreciating in value beyond the seven-digit mark, it’s nice to examine modern-era cars that might someday follow suit. Of course, top-of-the-range collectibles are always more desirable than their standard-production brethren. Such is the case with the Aston Martin Vanquish V12. In the future, collectors undoubtedly will look back upon the Series One Vanquish and heap praise upon its carbon-fiber/aluminum tub and bulging, hand-formed aluminum body panels. The V12 Vanquish will also go down in history as the last car built at Aston Martin’s legendary Newport Pagnell factory. Even bricks from the dismantled structure were later sold for charity and are now considered sought-after collectibles.
In many ways the V12 Vanquish marks the beginning of Aston Martin’s present technology-driven era. Classic silhouettes and sumptuous cowhides remain, but outmoded equipment and thinking were left in the dust. Of course, Aston Martin’s current era really hit its stride when ownership changed hands in March 2007. Prodrive chairman David Richards led the consortium that purchased Aston Martin for US$848 million. The relatively small sum is a reminder that Aston Martin is indeed a small manufacturer, regardless of its iconic brand.
Ultimately the Ian Callum-designed V12 Vanquish speaks for itself – and does so with a loud voice. The 5.9-liter 48-valve V12 produces 460hp and 400 ft/lbs of torque. The 60-degree V12 is one of the best-sounding engines ever produced. Coupled with a paddle-shifted six-speed mechatronic manual transmission and limited slip differential, the V12 Vanquish is capable of 4.5-second 0-60 sprints and 190 mph top speeds. Lift the hood and evidence of the carbon-fiber superstructure abounds.
This particular V12 Vanquish has traversed less than 2,500 miles since new, having spent the last seven years in a private collection. Additional highlights include Brembo 14” brakes, and 19” forged aluminum seven-spoke wheels. If history is to repeat itself, the V12 Vanquish has the specifications and historical reference to qualify as a sound future collectible. The flagship Brit could be considered a supercar bargain in today’s money. Look for it to cross the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction block at No Reserve as Lot #410 on Saturday, April 18, 2015.