The original Vanquish is one of Aston Martin's coolest cars. It has stunning looks, a masterfully appointed cabin, and a lovely 6.0-liter V-12 under the hood. Immortalized in James Bond film Die Another Day, it remains a standout among modern Aston Martins. Its only downfall is its transmission—a clunky paddle-shift automatic.
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Aston never offered a proper manual for the car when it was new, but a few years back, the company launched a program that allowed Vanquish owners to send their cars to the factory for a conversion. It costs around $40,000. This 2002 model had the conversion done, and now, . You should buy it.
According to the sellers, Hyman Ltd. in St. Louis, Missouri, the manual swap was instigated in 2007, by the third owner. The conversion requires the installation of a new center console to accommodate the shifter, and a reworked dashboard to delete the gear selector buttons that were positioned alongside the engine start button. Everything looks incredibly well-done, just as you'd expect from Aston Martin Works.
Not many Vanquish owners have committed to getting their cars converted, so finding a manual version for sale isn't easy. The seller says there are only around 12 in the US. They usually command a five-figure premium over comparable automatic models. This one has 28,198 miles on the clock—fairly high for a Vanquish. It's for $93,500. Better act fast, because this one won't last long.