Aston Martin unveiled the Ian Callum designed ‘Project Vantage’ at the North American International Auto Show, Detroit, in 1998. Such was the interest in the car that by the Geneva Motor Show of the same year, Bob Dover, then Chairman of Aston Martin, had persuaded Ford boss Jac Nasser to put the V12 Project Vantage into production! The result was the V12 Vanquish, unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, with Ian Callum only making minor changes to his original design; it had a 5.9l V12 engine developing 450hp and was revolutionary in its aluminium and carbon composite structure, drive by wire throttle and electro hydraulic manual transmission. It appeared in the 2002 Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’ and was named in the top three best film cars ever alongside the ‘Italian Job’ minis and the DB5 from ‘Goldfinger’! The Vanquish was produced up to 2004 and only 1400 cars were made before the announcement of the Vanquish ‘S’ at the Paris Auto Show that year. The car had an increase in power from the V12 engine to 520hp, up rated steering, suspension and brakes, new wheels, a front splitter and rear spoiler incorporated in the boot lid. The Vanquish S was built until 2007 when the producti
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