My wife and I purchased this car after seeing it‘s listing in a Bonhams auction catalogue in 2010. First registered on 28th October 1954 with Coachwork by Mulliners of Birmingham and sold through Brooklands Surrey. Purchased by Andrew Wray - Roberts in October 1961 and after reading through the listing and becoming completely smitten with the romance of this car having raced in the Targa Florio in 1962 and 1963 by Andrew Wray-Roberts himself albeit retiring in both events. In 1970 this DB2/4 was chosen to represent the year 1954 at the Aston Martin Silver Jubilee celebrations at Crystal Palace. In November 1970 it was purchased and stayed in the same ownership until 2010 when it came to market. It not finishing the Targa Florio is what we found rather charming and of course added a slightly different provenance to a DB2/4 Drophead and we felt the car needed bringing back to her former glory so the decision to have it restored was agreed and over a 7 year period marque specialists Prestige Paintworks Ltd were commissioned to address the body and paint while Pugsley and Lewis carried out all the strip and re assembly, engine rebuild and final trim. Since it’s first Concours event at Englefield House in 2018 and with the help of the judges and their scoresheets we turned to Prestige Paintworks Ltd again to make all the critical detail changes needed after each Concours event to achieve what we believe to be one of the finest examples and a car we are extremely proud to be custodians of.
In 2018 she came - all the way from Italy - in a trailer...and when the doors opened...it was just like a Christmas present being presented - a dream came true! This is my 2003 V12 Vanquish - bought at the Aston Martin dealer in Milan, Italy, where it had been standing for over a year. The dealer had traded the car in from Monaco, not realising that due to European regulations people from France and Italy (neighboring countries from Monaco) where forced to pay high import duties on the car. So the car was almost unsellable... However, I'm from Holland and I didn't need to pay the import duties...so, a dream came true... The cars history is completely known, I have all the records on services being done at the dealership in Monaco. The car was a one owner car when I bought it - the former owner being the President of the Automobile Club de Monaco! It has now just over 53.000 km on the odometer. It has Power, it is a Beauty and it has Soul...and a -well known- terrible gearbox :-)....but....it's an Aston Martin V12 Vanquish!!
One of 26 V12s and only 12 RHD, this is the first Chiltern Green Vanquish off the production line, sporting the number plate V12 UNO for the last 8 years. Purchased by me in September 2016, this car, though a little higher milage at 41k, was in really fantastic condition, so it was a very good template to get it to Concours Plus condition. I say Concours Plus because parts of the car have been prepared where the judges cannot reach, particularly inside the wheel arches and inside the under trays.
Prior to my ownership over £50,000 had been spent on various upgrades including Burr Walnut facia, SDP in 2004, stainless steel door guards, Upgraded clutch to name a few.
Under my ownership over £8k has been spent on upgrades and improvements including Larini Sports exhaust and upgraded USM unit and 150 hours plus on preparations for the removal of any rusty parts and replacement of degraded screws nuts and bolts.
The exterior is prepared with the latest high Tech Nanotech coatings on all surfaces producing an incredible depth of colour and high degree of protection.
V12 UNO has entered 3 Concours under my ownership. St Athan in 2017 where it came 4= because it was entered into the Newport Pagnell 12cyl Class and many upgrades were marked down. Next Concours was Hoghton Tower in 2018, entered the Pride of Ownership Class where she came 2nd with 93 points. Finally Wormsley Estate, also in Pride of Ownership. where she came 1st with 92 Points.
The work is still ongoing.