RE: Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Spotted

RE: Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Spotted

Tuesday 28th August

Aston Martin V12 Vantage: Spotted

An atmospheric V12 encased in one of the prettiest sports car to make production? Where do we sign?!



The previous-generation Aston Martin Vantage hasn’t aged well at all because, er, it hasn’t aged. Much in the same way you might confuse a youthful parent for someone’s sibling, the old Vantage’s gorgeous, taut proportions mean it looks as fresh as it did when the first version arrived in 2005. Whisper this: to some eyes, it’s prettier than the new car

It is also the last Vantage to drink its air directly from the atmosphere, rather than be force fed it via a couple of turbochargers. And, more significantly, it looks set to remain the final Vantage to have come with a V12 engine, because Aston is apparently less keen to integrate its latest 5.2-litre blown 12 into the current Vantage so as not to hamper its keen handling. The lighter AMG-made V8 option is a better match, the brand reckons.


This leaves the V12 version of the previous car in a very desirable position, particularly when equipped with a manual gearbox. It offers, as it did when new, a truly analogue experience. There’s instantaneous throttle response from the old naturally aspirated 5.9-litre engine, and it needs to be worked hard to produce its 510hp, which comes at 6,500rpm.

That being said, torque peaks at 420lb ft so there was plenty of mid-range to lean on, and using the six-speed manual gearbox (which was eventually discontinued) is a joy - further encouraging those in love with the glorious sound of that 12 cylinder (absolutely everyone) to send the engine singing towards its red line. In this case, the car’s pace is swift, with the 0-62mp dash taking 4.2sec, while top speed is 190mph.


This is not just a vocally talented straight-line sprinter, though, because the V12 Vantage – even with its weightier power source – is a deliciously balanced machine. Its short wheelbase means the Vantage feels agile and very throttle adjustable, while the car’s hydraulically assisted steering pours information into your fingertips so you’re always a step ahead. The damping is excellent so the car is as refined as it is nimble and, well, as package, it helps to make this car a keen driver’s dream.

Prices for used V12 models haven’t fallen as sharply as V8 versions, which is of little surprise, but that shouldn’t deter a buyer from opting for the larger capacity model; their comparable rarity means they're likely to remain the more desirable option.


Take this one we’ve found with 17,000 miles on the clock from eight years of life. It looks to fit the bill perfectly with just two former keepers, the latest of which appears to have maintained it with no expenses spared and garage storage. It comes finished in discreet silver with 19-inch diamond cut wheels and a black leather interior.

At nearly £90k it’s not cheap, but this cherished example stands out among the crowd. Plus, this is the last of a very lovely breed of atmospheric V12 British sports car - one we'll no doubt miss in the future, and therefore well deserving of anyone's cash in 2018.


SPECIFICATION - ASTON MARTIN V12 VANTAGE
Engine:
5,935cc V12
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 510@6,500
Torque (lb ft): 420@5750rpm
0-62mph: 4.2sec
Top speed: 190mph
Weight: 1,695kg
MPG: 17.2
CO2: 388g/km
First registered: 2012
Recorded mileage: 26,000
Price now: £89,995

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Vocht

Original Poster:

1,205 posts

100 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Very nice but I feel the prices still have a way to fall. I'd be looking at a Ferrari 550 if I wanted to get a front engined manual V12 experience fix at this price point.

Gecko1978

2,109 posts

93 months

Tuesday 28th August
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text says 17,000 miles ad says 26,000 miles which is it

jakesmith

2,765 posts

107 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Saw a few of these parked up at HWM Aston in Walton yesterday, bloody gorgeous they are. amongst my fave cars along with the R8 and F12

Helicopter123

4,441 posts

92 months

Tuesday 28th August
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I think we will one day look back in utter amazement that you could get one of these for less than £100k.

Stunning Car

Engine.

Gearbox.

chazwozza

334 posts

122 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Beautiful car, I remember being quite teary eyed over the TG review...!!
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WokkaWokka

422 posts

75 months

Tuesday 28th August
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My colleague has a customer who had one of these and he let me take it for a spin (literally spin ) what an absolute beast.

jakesmith

2,765 posts

107 months

Tuesday 28th August
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WokkaWokka said:
My colleague has a customer who had one of these and he let me take it for a spin (literally spin ) what an absolute beast.
I think these people who let relative unknown strangers drive their expensive cars, are bloody hero’s!

flyinglotus

69 posts

75 months

Tuesday 28th August
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dang this design looks so incredibly dated and old now!, thank god they have released a new model!

that engine in the new body would be cloud 9!

unpc

2,042 posts

149 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Vocht said:
Very nice but I feel the prices still have a way to fall. I'd be looking at a Ferrari 550 if I wanted to get a front engined manual V12 experience fix at this price point.
Not sure that's true. I've been looking at these for a number of years hoping the same but if anything they're going up. This car is definitely on my to do list...

snuffy

4,352 posts

220 months

Tuesday 28th August
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flyinglotus said:
dang this design looks so incredibly dated and old now!, thank god they have released a new model!

that engine in the new body would be cloud 9!
I would do it the other way round; stick the new engine in the old body.

Lord.Vader

1,687 posts

75 months

Tuesday 28th August
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unpc said:
Vocht said:
Very nice but I feel the prices still have a way to fall. I'd be looking at a Ferrari 550 if I wanted to get a front engined manual V12 experience fix at this price point.
Not sure that's true. I've been looking at these for a number of years hoping the same but if anything they're going up. This car is definitely on my to do list...
I have been looking for a few years to upgrade my V8V, prices haven't moved apart from ropey / crashed / wrapped / missing SH ones.

cookie1600

1,028 posts

97 months

Tuesday 28th August
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chazwozza said:
Beautiful car, I remember being quite teary eyed over the TG review...!!
Possibly the best thing Top Gear and Clarkson ever did, including the amazing soundtrack (car and the Brian Eno music)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q0Svvdrx_E

wise man

10 posts

123 months

Tuesday 28th August
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I think they will come down. The whole car market is in a bad state and not many people have a V12 on their mind. I could have had one at 57 done 29,000 Miles but declined.

Some great bargains round the corner but I would say buy to enjoy and not as an investment. Real estate is investment not cars. At least you see rent every month instead of some Aston dealer/specialist trying to milk your credit card..

As for strangers driving my cars I have no problem as long as they are sensible. After all we don’t take them with us😜

Edited by wise man on Tuesday 28th August 09:55

raphaelbittner

2 posts

10 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Having been fortunate enough to drive both the V8 and V12, I must say that the former is a much better balanced car. The V12 is very, very heavy on the front end. This being said, the V12 is the one that will better keep its value.

cayman-black

7,310 posts

152 months

Tuesday 28th August
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unpc said:
Not sure that's true. I've been looking at these for a number of years hoping the same but if anything they're going up. This car is definitely on my to do list...
Right. Try and find a good 550 at this price also.
I have had both of these and the Aston is the better car the strange thing is why the prices for these are so low its a bargain right now.

cayman-black

7,310 posts

152 months

Tuesday 28th August
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raphaelbittner said:
Having been fortunate enough to drive both the V8 and V12, I must say that the former is a much better balanced car. The V12 is very, very heavy on the front end. This being said, the V12 is the one that will better keep its value.
Hmm drive a V8 lovely , drive a V12 WANT. The V12 is by far the better drive .

baconsarney

8,639 posts

97 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Gaaaah..... Stupid stupid thread....

Gregor-lun1d

6 posts

33 months

Tuesday 28th August
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Vocht said:
Very nice but I feel the prices still have a way to fall. I'd be looking at a Ferrari 550 if I wanted to get a front engined manual V12 experience fix at this price point.
and you'd need at least another £10k before you got off the mark with a 550 manual

Chr1sch

2,465 posts

129 months

Tuesday 28th August
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I've always thought the interior was cr@p for a car of that price point, they are undeniably pretty, yet agree with general sentiment that they are bit dated now

JaseB

632 posts

197 months

Tuesday 28th August
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wise man said:
I could have had one at 57 done 29,000 Miles
I agree prices have softened a by maybe 5% in the last coupe of months, in line with most classic type cars.

A 29k mile car for £57k would have been a wise purchase though no?

I paid £72k for mine 3 years ago, I imagine a dealer would still put it up for something around that today so yeh not an investment but not a depreciation money pit either.

The £70-80k cars feel like the sweet spot to me, there's a couple of bargains in there. I'm sure that one at 90 is stunning but I imagine there'll be minters in the cheaper seats too.

Edited by JaseB on Tuesday 28th August 13:39