An entirely new Aston Martin for the 21st Century, the V12-engined Vanquish coupé debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2001. Aston Martin's first power unit of its type, the 6.0-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine developed 460bhp at 6,800rpm, with 400lb/ft of torque available at 5,500 revs. The six-speed gearbox was controlled by F1-style paddles and could be operated in either of two modes: fully manual or computer-controlled automatic, with a 'sport' setting available on both. The inventory of standard equipment included almost everything the discerning connoisseur could wish for, while the performance - 190mph and 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds – placed the Vanquish firmly in the supercar class.
Dominated by an imposing aluminium centre console, the interior featured Connolly leather upholstery and Wilton carpeting, emphasising the Aston Martin heritage, for despite its advanced specification, the Vanquish was built like all other Astons before it: one at a time and by hand. Production ceased in 2007, by which time the model had been upgraded as the Vanquish S and the UK list price had risen to over £183,000.
A 2+2 model, this particular Vanquish was specified in Solid Black with Dark Tan interior trim, and is one of only a relative handful supplied in this unusual colour combination. Other options include red brake callipers, chrome door handles, heated windscreen, Linn hi-fi, heated seats, and Alcantara quilted headlining. This car also incorporates some Vanquish 'S' improvements including the larger vented and grooved brake discs and pads.
Chassis number '501444' was first registered in the UK on 27th September 2004 as 'LO54 DWA', and the following year was taken by its first owner, Mr David Pitcher, to Northern Ireland where it was reregistered as '04 D 72719'. A resident of Malahide, County Dublin, Mr Pitcher kept the Aston until the beginning of 2011 when ownership passed to Mr Paddy Connolly, who owned it until circa 2013. Its next custodian, Mr John Patchell, owned the Aston until October 2015 when it was purchased via Prestige Imports by the current vendor and reunited with its original UK registration, 'LO54 DWA', having previously been registered as 'XCZ 7026'.
Recording regular servicing, the accompanying service booklet has been stamped 11 times by Aston Martin dealers and twice by the current vendor's local specialist. Only some 2,000 miles have been covered in the last three years, and the car is described by the private vendor as in generally excellent condition.
Consistently well cared for and ready to drive and enjoy, this exciting Aston Martin supercar is offered with sundry bills, current MoT, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned service history.