This 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish is no ordinary vehicle. Sure, no Aston Martin is ordinary, but this particular model is the Official 50th Anniversary Hall of Fame car, a one-off vehicle featuring the signatures of 50 basketball Hall of Famers.
With just 5,000 miles (8,047 km) on the odometer, the Aston Martin has been custom wrapped with an NBA “Hardwood” vinyl wrapping before being signed by basketball legends including Michael Jordan, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Moses Malone, Sam Jones, Rick Barry, Bob Lanier, Bailey Howell and John Havlicek, to name only a few.
Each side of the car features a basketball with ESPN insignia, and the hood has the Children’s Safety Network logo and “50th Anniversary Hall of Fame”. The seller bought the car directly from the Children’s Safety Network two years ago as a charitable purchase.
Currently in Los Angeles, the Vanquish has been evaluated in 2011 at $1,250,000 (€903,700) by the Classic Auto Appraisers out of Irvine, California, mostly because of its collectible status. The company said every part of the interior remains in excellent condition, while the exterior is mostly excellent including body, paint, trim, bumpers, wheels and the top. Some light wear is apparent on the wheels and underside. The current owner, Geoff Abadee, expects to make a $1 million profit from it, as he bought it for just $200,000 (€144,613).
As a reminder, the Aston Martin Vanquish is powered by a 460hp 5.9-liter V12 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Besides the custom NBA vynil wrapping and signatures, this particular car includes a DBS front splitter, a custom rear “widebody” conversion (not really sure it adds value to the car) and rear brake cooling ducts.
By Dan Mihalascu