Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale WITHOUT RESERVE and SOLD to the highest bidder January 15th-19th at Russo and Steele''s 14th Annual Scottsdale Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.With design cues influenced by the Project Vantage Concept that debuted at the 1998 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Ian Callum-designed Aston Martin V12 Vanquish launched at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show in 2001 as the long-awaited successor to the long-running Virage. The Vanquish was based upon high-strength architecture with cutting-edge aluminum and carbon-composite construction and a bonded chassis for exceptional rigidity and lightness. The 5,935 cc V-12 powerplant featured twin overhead camshafts per cylinder bank and four valves per cylinder, twin PTEC engine-management systems, multi-port sequential fuel injection, `coil on plug`ignition to deliver 450 bhp and 400 lbs-ft of torque. Drive-by-wire throttle control and a six-speed electro-hydraulic manual gearbox, plus four-piston brake calipers, drilled and ventilated brake rotors, ABS, electronic brake distribution, and full-independent wishbone suspension are only a few of the outstanding technical highlights of the model. Both two-seat and 2+2 versions were available. Performance of the V12 Vanquish was predictably stunning, with acceleration from rest to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds, en route to 12.7-second elapsed times in the quarter-mile and unholy top-end speeds. All of this performance was delivered while pampering lucky V12 Vanquish occupants with complete comfort and convenience amenities and beautifully trimmed leather upholstery. Big-screen fame was immediate, with the V12 Vanquish starring alongside Pierce Brosnan, who portrayed Agent 007, as the famous British secret agent’s official mount in the 2002 James Bond epic film Die Another Day. In fact, polls found that the Bond’s V12 Vanquish ranked as highly as the DB5 as used in Goldfinger and Thunderball. The V12 Vanquish also gained additional fame for its inclusion in 2002’s wildly popular video game Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. Just 1,492 of the retrospectively named Series I cars were built at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell facility through 2004. The V12 Vanquish also spawned two stunning concept cars for the 2004 International Geneva Motor Show, the two-seat Zagato Roadster, and Bertone’s Jet 2, a shooting brake or sporting estate wagon design. The Vanquish S joined the V12 Vanquish in 2004, with both models eventually succeeded by the DBS in 2007. When Vanquish production ended on July 19, 2007, Aston Martin closed the Newport Pagnell factory after nearly 50 years of operation. As such, the Vanquish truly marked the end of an era and it remains highly regarded as the last "proper" Aston Martin built. Affectionately named "007" by the consignor, who purchased this Rathesay Red 2002 V12 Vanquish from The Collection in Coral Gables, Florida, it is a three-owner car from new. Offered complete with books including the Aston Martin Quick Reference Guide, this Vanquish is visually stunning and it clearly benefits from excellent care. As one of only 135 examples shipped to North America for 2002, this purposefully beautiful performer is highly desirable on all possible levels.