Minichamps MIN400137220 James Bond's 2003 Aston-Martin V-12 Vanquish (1:43 Scale)
"Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?"
- James Bond
"No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!"
- Arch villian Auric Goldfinger, from the 1964 feature film "Goldfinger"
The Vanquish was developed in the wake of a GT concept car, the Project Vantage concept car, which debuted with a V-12 engine at the North American International Auto Show in January 1998. The production model was unveiled in 2000, and series production began in 2001 (the car arrived in the United States as a 2002 model).
The car was largely unchanged until 2005, when the Vanquish S model debuted at the 2004 Paris Auto Show , with more power, slight styling revisions, and new wheels. It also incorporated the features of a 2004 option package, the Sports Dynamic Pack, which incorporated sportier suspension, steering, and brake features. This model was sold for the 2005 (alongside the base Vanquish) and 2006 (as a stand-alone) model years in the United States with only minor running changes; it was not sold in the States for 2007.
The end of the Vanquish's production run was celebrated with the Vanquish Ultimate Edition. Aston Martin announced that the last 40 cars built would have a new 'Ultimate Black" exterior color, upgraded interior, and personalized sill plaques. More significantly, the Ultimate Edition was the first Vanquish to be offered with a conventional stick-shift manual transmission. The auto-shift manual gearbox in the original Vanquish was been widely criticized (perhaps most infamously by Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC's Top Gear program), so this change was greeted with approval by the automotive press. Aston Martin also offered to retrofit the new gearbox to any Vanquish delivered. The cost for the conversion was 13,250.
Aston Martin was frequently rumored to be considering a roadster version of the Vanquish, especially in response to the Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, but no such version ever emerged. The Vanquish was the basis of two concept cars, both shown at the International Geneva Motor Show in 2004, the Zagato Roadster (a 2-seat roadster) and the Bertone Jet 2 (a 2-door shooting brake).
Vanquish production ended on July 19th, 2007, coinciding with the shuttering of the company's Newport Pagnell factory after 49 years of operation. The last car was a Vanquish S Ultimate Edition in black.
Pictured here is a 1:43 scale 2003 Aston-Martin V-12 Vanquish driven by Pierce Brosnan ("James Bond") in the feature film, "Die Another Day." Three pieces left in stock!
Length: 4 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inches
Historical Account: "Bond. James Bond." - James Bond's newest mission begins with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase through a minefield in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea - and the action doesn't let up until the credits roll. From Hong Kong to Cuba to London, James Bond circles the world in his quest to unmask a traitor and prevent a war of catastrophic proportions. On his way he crosses paths with Jinx and Miranda Frost, who will play vital roles in his latest adventure. Hot on the trail of deadly megalomaniac Gustav Graves and his ruthless right-hand man Zao, James Bond travels to Iceland into the villain's lair: a place built entirely of ice. There he experiences firsthand the power of a new hi-tech weapon. Ultimately it all leads to an explosive confrontation - and an unforgettable conclusion - back in Korea where it all started.