V12 Vantage manual...

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baconsarney

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8,472 posts

93 months

Wednesday 13th June
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Saw my first (Gaydon) Vantage around late 2005 early 2006 parked up in a farm shop a few miles East of York. Made my jaw drop smile

Then, a few years later watched JC do the V12 thing and fell in love all over again... possibly one of the best things he’s done, the whole it’s an ending not a beginning thing...

I’ve owned a V12... jaguar smile

Anyhoo, a V12 Vantage manual is I think my ultimate motor car. My current Vantage (V8) and TVR might give me around £55-£60k, so I’m thinking another £20k on top might get me a V12 Vantage. I love the combination of Chimaera and Vantage, the Chimaera is properly modified and seriously quick, and having a coupe and a convertible is great...

Not interested in a Lamborghini Ferrari R8 or pretty much anything else, if I could only have one car I’d probably seriously consider pork C4S or turbo. But, there’s nothing like an Aston. I’m just under two years of ownership now, and I can’t imagine life without one....

What do you guys think?

TIA
Chilli

Wayne95

262 posts

178 months

Wednesday 13th June
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You know the answer, why have you not bought it yet !

Seriously, bought mine 3 months ago - not looked at classifieds since ( a record for me )

You cannot go wrong, and your budget should just make it

V12VMan

200 posts

115 months

Wednesday 13th June
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Wayne95 said:
why have you not bought it yet it
+1

I went from V8 Vantage to the V12 nearly 3 and half years ago and it still puts a massive smile on my face every time I fire her up and go for a spin - possibly a long term keeper smile

Minglar

116 posts

55 months

Wednesday 13th June
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Hi baconsarney

Well, you won’t get many on here trying to talk you out of it. They really are special cars, the like of which we may never see again from AML. It can catch you out if you don’t treat the throttle with a little respect, especially if the car is fitted with P Zero Corsas. It is a raw drivers car and I like that aspect to it. It doesn’t have the adjustable suspension settings of the V12VS and the run out versions. The only thing to do is track one down and go for a test drive. It’s been said many times on here......if you drive one you will buy it. I moved from a V8V to a V12V just over four years ago, and every time I drive it I know I made the right decision. I can’t see any good reason to change it for anything else right now. Your budget will just about get you in to one, but there aren’t too many to choose from at the moment, especially if you go down the approved AM Timeless route.

Good luck with your search and decision. You won’t regret it!

Best Regards

Minglar

Mako V12V

2,996 posts

146 months

Wednesday 13th June
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There’s six to choose from on the AM used car website.....hurry along and pick one.....no need to procrastinate on here.....just post up pics once you have the beast!! biggrin
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mafisher

58 posts

50 months

Thursday 14th June
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You’ll have no regrets. Make the man maths work to give you the best you can afford. They are truly wonderful cars, the likes of which we won’t see in the future. Treat with respect and every journey is special.

woodsypedia

619 posts

85 months

Thursday 14th June
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All of the above. I made the move to a V12V 5 years ago and it's unreal. You'll never go back. I suspect the ones available won't hang around too long. Most folks who have them are indicating they won't let theirs go.

kev1966900

73 posts

11 months

Thursday 14th June
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I've been tracking the prices for nearly a year now and they seem firmly in the £75-£95k range. Timeless cars are starting at £78k for mid 30k mileage. A year ago you would have got a car with mid 20k for that price. Depending on spec you may be better on Autotrader, i've no idea why but a higher proportion of those have lightweight seats which for some is a must. The Tom Hartley car has been in his showroom for over a year now so there must be a deal to done if the car checks out. As everyone has said these are fantastic cars so buy one if you can

D1FDS

37 posts

36 months

Thursday 14th June
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Just get it bought if the man maths work for you! I've owned a V12 Vantage for a year- best car I've ever owned.

It was parked outside a Bentley dealership last Friday when my dad was picking up his car. Someone thought it was for sale until the salesmen directed him to me. This guy was offering me serious money for it (significantly more than I paid for it)- but it's a keeper and I informed him it is not for sale even at the prices he was offering!!!

I predict the value of these cars will start to rise soon. Aston Martin cars will all be Turbocharged soon. This is the last of the Normally Aspirated Engine and a proper manual gearbox built in relatively low numbers without the electronic rev matching stuff of the V12S so it's a pure driver's car in my opinion.

Beware- if you try one.....you will buy one! I too went from V8 Vantage to V12 Vantage.

Best wishes for your search

NeinFondue

799 posts

88 months

Thursday 14th June
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D1FDS said:
without the electronic rev matching stuff of the V12S so it's a pure driver's car in my opinion.
Auto rev matching is a feature that can be both enabled or disabled depending on the drivers ability / wishes. There were also other upgrades brought out with the S like the 565BHP engine (with VVT and knock sensing), 3 stage adjustable dampers, 2nd gen CCM’s(?), AMi3 (?), etc.

Really fun cars regardless of the variant one ends up with thumbup

Edited by NeinFondue on Thursday 14th June 10:42

baconsarney

Original Poster:

8,472 posts

93 months

Thursday 14th June
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Thanks for all the replies fellas, although I think I got the responses I was expecting hehe

I always told myself the TVR was a keeper.... think I'm going to need to have a word with myself scratchchin

Thanks all beer


RSbandit

281 posts

64 months

Thursday 14th June
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Echo the sentiments above drove a V12S and I was sold although mine has the SS3 box which I don't think you should necessarily rule out as when driven on the paddles only it's quite engaging...so much character whether it's the original or the S, took mine for a 30 minute spin this morning for no reason at all !

starlight225

122 posts

143 months

Thursday 14th June
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baconsarney said:
I always told myself the TVR was a keeper....
I said that about my T350t... Very happy with my V12V S

cayman-black

6,883 posts

148 months

Friday 15th June
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D1FDS said:
Just get it bought if the man maths work for you! I've owned a V12 Vantage for a year- best car I've ever owned.

It was parked outside a Bentley dealership last Friday when my dad was picking up his car. Someone thought it was for sale until the salesmen directed him to me. This guy was offering me serious money for it (significantly more than I paid for it)- but it's a keeper and I informed him it is not for sale even at the prices he was offering!!!

I predict the value of these cars will start to rise soon. Aston Martin cars will all be Turbocharged soon. This is the last of the Normally Aspirated Engine and a proper manual gearbox built in relatively low numbers without the electronic rev matching stuff of the V12S so it's a pure driver's car in my opinion.

Beware- if you try one.....you will buy one! I too went from V8 Vantage to V12 Vantage.

Best wishes for your search
LOL, Good for you. !
They are great cars get one bought while they are still outstanding value.