The Aston Martin Vanquish, which went out of production last year, is arguably one of the most beautiful cars of all time – especially the first-generation model that was in production from 2001 to 2007. A few decades from now, the grand tourer will be counted amongst some of the most coveted classic cars. However, before that happens, someone has decided to give the timeless design a fresh lease of life, and that someone is none other than Ian Callum – the chief designer of the original Vanquish. Now, how cool is that! Ian Callum retired from his post as Jaguar’s design boss earlier this year in June and a month later established Ian Callum Design with a few former colleagues. The full-service design and engineering house would create and comprehensively upgrade vehicles and it’s first offering is the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 – a modernized version of the first-generation model with plenty of design tweaks.
The restyled and updated version of Aston Martin Vanquish is a lot more than a simple custom shop restomod. In fact, it will be built in collaboration with AF Racing under the R-Reforged brand and with the full approval of Aston Martin itself and the automaker’s current creative director Marek Reichmann personal endorsement. Limited to just 25 examples, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 is described by Callum as the facelift that the car never lived long enough to receive. Powered by a V12 engine, it features software, hardware, and exhaust upgrades for a power output of close to 600 horsepower. In addition to the original automated manual transmission on the Vanquish, Callum will also offer a new six-speed automatic gearbox. The exterior changes on the reborn Vanquish include LED headlights and taillights, bigger carbon-ceramic brakes, and 20-inch wheels with special Michelin tires. However, it’s the interior that has been modernized to match the current design trends. The plastic-heavy interior of the original Vanquish has been swapped with an all-new center binnacle with a touchscreen interface and new air vents. In addition to that, the cabin features new seats upholstered in high-grade leather, aluminum trim parts and much more. For creating the 25 examples, the donor cars will be either sourced by the company itself or will come from existing owners. If you want one, you’ll have to shell out about $664,000, which includes the cost of a donor car.