And why?

Throughout history a number of older cars have been resurrected by other companies so they can live on. The thing is, cars like the DeLorean DMC-12 and Bugatti EB110 have achieved near-mythical status; the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish has not.

Of course, unlike the DeLorean the 'new' Vanquish was a good car, but we were left scratching our heads when we found out an unknown buyer paid £20 million to acquire the designs and tooling for the car that was replaced by the new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera earlier this year. As well as drawings and factory equipment, the purchase also included 18 months' worth of consulting and support from Aston Martin.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S

While the revelation of the somewhat odd sale came recently, the sale actually happened back in June, and was uncovered deep in Aston Martin's initial public offering perspective (on page 168 of the 321-page document to be exact).

So who's bought the Vanquish plans then? The British sports car maker hasn't revealed who it sold them to, but Automotive News has suggested that Chinese automotive giants Geely could be the mysterious party. Geely bought another British sports car maker, Lotus, last year, and has announced plans to invest £1.5 billion in the company, although it appears unlikely that Lotus could add a GT car to its ranks, even if it is one that utilises lightweight, bonded aluminium architecture that the Vanquish does.

2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante

A more likely buyer suggested by the news outlet is a high-end tuning outlet like Mansory which centres its business around ruining 'modifying' luxury cars and supercars.

The second generation Vanquish was produced between 2012-2018 and was powered by the same Ford-derived 5.9-lite V12 as its predecessor, the Aston Martin DBS. In the car the engine produced 565 bhp and later 595 bhp in 'S' trim. A number of variants were made during the car's production run including drop top 'Volante' models, a Centenary edition model to mark 100 years of the company, and a handful of redesigned Zagato versions.

While the Vanquish nameplate is currently shelved in favour of the resurrected DBS name, the badge has been rumoured to return on a new mid-engined car from Aston Martin.

Gallery: 2017 Aston Martin Vanquish S Volante