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Autotrader Find: 2004 Aston Martin Vanquish Manual Swap

If you’re like me, you’ve always loved how the original Aston Martin Vanquish looked — it’s truly one of the most gorgeous modern vehicles, and it has a fantastic design that still looks amazing today. Unfortunately, it was hampered by its mediocre sequential manual transmission — but this particular one isn’t, as it’s undergone a full manual swap, meaning it has three pedals and a real manual transmission.

First, a little overview. The Aston Vanquish came out back in the early 2000s, and all models used a 5.9-liter V12. Original models were simply called the Vanquish and touted 460 horsepower, but Aston later upgraded the Vanquish to become the "Vanquish S," giving the car 520 hp in the process. The Vanquish you see here is an original Vanquish model.

And, of course, it’s lovely. Putting aside the manual transmission for a second, it’s finished in gorgeous dark blue with a beige interior, and wear is minimal. It’s traveled just 20,500 miles in the 15 years since it was sold new, and the Carfax report shows it as a one-owner vehicle, sold new in Southern California before moving with its owner to Houston in 2012.

At some point along the line, the owner had a manual swap performed — a service Aston Martin offers for big money, but one that radically enhances the car’s driving experience and capabilities. It’s also rare, as few Vanquish owners have opted for the pricey manual swap. Now, it’s ready for you to enjoy — and it’s offered by Autosport Designs on Long Island for $114,500. Find an Aston Maritin Vanquish for sale

Editor’s Note: This vehicle has sold since the article was originally written.

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