After two decades of working for Jaguar, Ian Callum decided to go his own way. He also decided to repair some of his earlier creations.
One of them is Aston Martin, the first Vanquish. Callum has been involved with Ford since 1979, and over the years has designed popular Ford cars such as the Fiesta, Monde or Escort RS Cosworth, and its signature is found on both Volvo and Mazda. One of the most famous creations, however, is the Aston Martin DB7 from a time when the famous brand was part of the American concern.
And the DB7 was the source of the legendary Vanquish, by many the most beautiful GT in recent history.
And that is precisely why he has the right to have Vanquish as his first solo project in his own company Callum Designs. And as its name implies, Vanquish 25 will be limited to 25 copies. Believe it or not, Callum worked on modifications and modernization of the design for a full 18 months. In the end, it’s more than 100 design innovations, and they go far beyond carbon bumpers and LED lights. From the inside, the changes are more noticeable, with a brand new centerpiece of the cockpit that had to host an infotainment screen as well as a mechanical clock from Bremont. The front seats are new and the rear seats are simply removed.
The car is now mounted on 22-inch wheels, while installing a new suspension makes the clearance 10 mm closer to the ground. Composite brakes are also fitted, but the best news is that the original V12 gem has been retained. 5.9 liters is still a working volume, but with electronics changes, the power has been raised by 60 hp to a final about 530 hp. For those who want more, Callum will also offer a more modern automatic transmission.
And finally the price. If you want old Vanquish in a revamped edition you will pay £550,000 and get it by the end of next year.