Used Aston Martin Vanquish
A History Lesson
Produced between 2001 and 2007, the Aston Martin Vanquish perhaps best represents the company's attempts to move into more modern territory. In fact, many find the Vanquish to be the most fascinating of all Aston Martins and while there were many initial reservations with regards to the car's interior the magnificent exterior styling was enough to win over even the Aston Martin company's biggest doubters.
However, the original Aston Martin Vanquish soon found itself outsold by a number of rivals -- including the much cheaper Bentley Continental GT -- and an upgraded version known as the Vanquish S, which featured an extra 70bhp of power and was introduced in 2004. Some 2,578 models were produced until production finally stopped in 2007.
Bang for Your Buck
Constructed largely from aluminium, the Aston Vanquish is sleek, stylish and lightweight. The engine was based on the old DB7 Vantage engine -- a 6.0 litre 48-valve V12 engine -- while several developments were introduced to give the engine a 7% increase in power. The interior was almost exclusively leather while the look is somewhat diminished by some fairly cheap looking minor control features. The original version is essentially a 2+2 while the S upgrade appears more aerodynamic with a modified grill and boot lid.
What You'll Pay
Unfortunately, a second hand Aston Martin Vanquish is never going to be cheap with prices starting at around the £60,000 mark (for a Y-registration model). While you can expect to pay anything up to £100,000 for the later Vanquish S, the older ones do not look that much different and so essentially prove far better value for money.
What to Check
The most common problem with a second hand Aston Martin Vanquish is that the gearbox tends not to air charge correctly. Therefore, listen out for whine when you open the door which signifies there is no such fault. If the car judders at gear selection, the gearbox may be faulty or the clutch may be shot.
A basic service on a used Aston Martin Vanquish will cost you around £1,500 while this can vary considerably so it may be a good idea to shop around a bit. Tyres are perhaps the biggest worry with a set for the rear costing anything up to £700. Try and avoid buying models that have panel damage as these are extremely costly to replace.
How it Drives
While the original 450bhp version of the Vanquish may be enough for most, many find that the 520 bhp offered by the Vanquish S is far more suitable. In fact, the original model can actually go from 0 to 60 in less than 6 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 190 mph, which means you could theoretically travel to London from Glasgow in little more than an hour and a half. This should be more than enough in reality and while overall the Vanquish may no longer be exactly cutting edge, the feral excitement of the car in addition to the fact that they cost little more than a BMW M3 means they remain a favourite among car enthusiasts all over.