Hammond’s icons: Aston Martin Vanquish S
It may be heavy, it may be expensive, but the Aston Vanquish is still a thing of beauty
Posted: 03 Apr 2012
The day Vanquish S ended, 19 July 2007, was the day Aston Martin closed its Newport Pagnell factory after half a century of operation. Coincidence? Nope. I don't think so. The legendary status of the Vanquish is assured. It is, in so many ways, the last of the breed, the last ‘proper' Aston. And so, of course it's flawed, otherwise it wouldn't be a ‘proper' Aston. They were all flawed. Have you ever driven a DB5? It's bloody awful. And no, you couldn't buy one of these and park it on a city street every night and expect it to work. It was never a favoured chariot of donor-heart delivery drivers, either. But this is from a time before Aston got it into its head that it could make, in the V8 Vantage, a rival to the Porsche 911. This is from a time when if an Aston Martin driver wanted a car with the qualities of a 911, they bloody well bought a 911 as well as an Aston. It's supposed to be expensive and flawed. And very, very special. So there it is. If you're either of the two people I advised not to buy one, I've changed my mind. Buy one. It's a bit magical.