|Our Cars - 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S
Silver Birch with Obsidian hides
|by Dan Mooney
in the CJ fleet
This magnificent Aston Martin Vanquish S may just be the best car I have ever owned. I love the muscular styling, the sumptuously comfortable cabin, and of course the menacing howl of the V12 engine. Having covered just 3,800 miles since it was personally ordered by racing and business legend Roger Penske, it is as close to new condition as any 2005 car could possibly be. I seriously doubt there is a better Vanquish S anywhere in the world. Mechanically the car is absolutely flawless and a joy to drive.
|I treated the hides to an Autoglym Leather
massage over the weekend
|Possibly my favorite automotive cabin of
(it smells as good as it looks)
I took advantage of an absolutely beautiful fall afternoon in Austin today and went cruising in the Aston. While I was out the milometer turned over 3333, which I felt had to be a good omen!
|Silver Birch paint looks beautiful in the
|Stunning car in an equally beautiful
|3,333 joyous miles!
Last week we installed a new Quick Silver Super Sport exhaust in the Vanquish S. The good folk at Quick Silver in England, whose high quality products I have been enjoying for many years, kindly agreed to make me a custom exhaust that promised a few more decibels over their usual offering. In fairness the car already sounded pretty sporty as the vacuum had been disconnected from the silencer exhaust flaps. With the new Quick Silver system the Aston now sounds absolutely fantastic. Engine start-up and idle sound way more aggressive than stock, and at higher rpm, the pipes emit a menacing howl.
Click on the photo below for a short video clip of engine firing and idle.
Fitting the Super Sport system was a breeze, as we have come to expect with Quick Silver's products, with the entire installation taking around 4 hours. As an additional benefit, the new QS system weighed in at just over 26 lbs, representing a saving of almost 50 lbs over the OEM unit.
|The Quick Silver Super Sport system
scales at 26lb 7oz
|With the rear pan removed, the OEM
system is easy
|OEM system removed
||OEM system weighs 75 lbs !!
|QS system uses OEM exhaust tips, so
no visible change from stock appearance
I am absolutely thrilled to have recently acquired this spectacular 2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S. This is a very special car, first owned by racing and business legend Roger Penske, who special ordered the Silver Birch paint. I understand this is one of just two cars in this color, the other being a RHD Vanquish S in England. Mr Penske only put 580 miles on the car during his six years of ownership, and the car had only covered a total of 2,400 miles at the time I bought it.
I had originally thought I might have one of the Aston Martin Works 6 speed manual transmissions installed, but the paddle shifted manual transmission works exceptionally well and I have actually been enjoying using it much more than I did with my previous Vanquish S. So far all I have done is put some new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires in each corner (although I have kept the original Yokohamas for posterity) and my friends at Quick Silver Exhausts in England are making me a custom Super Sports exhaust system.
The Vanquish is currently with Bespoke Paint Protection in Cedar Park having the old clear protective film removed and replaced on the front bumper and splitter.
|I love the muscular stance of the Vanquish
|The interior of this Vanquish is literally
|A Vanquish S has more hide per square inch
cabin than any other car I have owned!
|The Vanquish even came with a matching
||An appropriate new license plate
|A Quick Silver Super Sport exhaust will be
installed in the next few days
|This is what the underside of a 200 MPH car
|Engine is hidden behind aerodynamic cover