Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Aston Martin Vanquish coupe?
Even if you are looking at a non-S version, 460bhp is an awful lot of power to put through any gearbox. The clutch could prove the weak point in the Vanquish's transmission system.
If everything feels fine at high speed with crisp gearchanges and no hint of slipping, check the clutch and gearbox thoroughly at parking speeds. Look out for any juddering in first or reverse gears as you ease the car into tight spaces. Use your nose, too – overworked and tired Vanquish clutches smell far from sweet.
When you spend this much money, have the car checked out by a professional. You may be able to spot electrical and cabin defaults, but potential engine problems will be harder to spot and much more expensive to rectify.
Cars built between 10 November 2001 and 9 November 2004 were recalled to have throttle problems rectified.