Aston Martin Vantage GT8 | Spotted

Jonny Adam's stunning last lap overtake in 2017, taking the GTE victory at the very last moment, is one of those unforgettable and iconic Le Mans moments. Not only was it a hugely popular triumph among the travelling British contingent, the win was also made to seem poignant by it being the last Le Mans for that long-running era of Vantage. For years it had beguiled drivers and fans alike with its gorgeous styling and rollicking soundtrack - it was the perfect send off.

As for the roadgoing Vantage, Aston Martin had done the same with the GT8 the year previously. By imbuing the car with some GTE attitude, in much the same way as the GT12 had done with the GT3 car in 2015, Aston ensured that the final years of Vantage production would be extremely memorable ones. Louder, firmer and fiercer than already emotional standard cars, both GT8 and 12 left a lasting impression on all those who drove them. Or merely came in earshot, actually.

Moreover, despite a few issues, the limited production runs, naturally-aspirated engines and road racer looks have ensured values have remained strong. In 2016, a Vantage GT8 would set you back £165,000; in 2019 a Vantage GT8 will set you back at least £165,000.

So a GT8 looks a pretty safe (as well as desirable) place to put a lot of money. No doubt attention will be refocused on it soon as the manual gearbox returns to the Vantage. Different prospects they might be, but a comparison between AMR and GT8 seems inevitable given how they represent consecutive chapters of the V8 Aston story.

This one looks especially nice; perhaps it's nothing more than Le Mans nostalgia, but there's something about a racy Aston Martin painted green that makes it even more special than most. The colour is complemented by yellow accents - brake calipers, stitching, headrest logos - and it's only just ticked over 1,000 miles. Something of a shame, it could be argued, though that does mean the next owner effectively inherits a new car.

When Dan T drove the car back in 2016 he reckoned that the Speedshift option was a more comfortable fit with the motorsport vibe - a valid point, given the occasionally bolshy nature of an Aston manual. But from the perspective of a collector, there's a suspicion that the clutch and stick combo might hold greater appeal in the future. After all, the Speedshift is far from the greatest automatic in the world, either.

A coveted Aston in a superb spec is going to be a lovely thing, both for now and the years to come, although £170k does open up many possibilities for equally lovely things on four wheels. It would be impossible to discuss motorsport-inspired racing cars for any amount of time without mentioning the 911 GT3, especially now the manual gearbox has returned. While there will be more Porsches than the 150 GT8s produced, this GT3 Clubsport presents a fairly compelling case with fewer than 2,000 miles at £145k. In addition, the GT8 faces equally valid competition from in its own ranks: while a GT12 is out of budget, the incredible V12 Vantage S most certainly makes the grade, and with a manual gearbox. This Flugplatz Blue car has just 92 miles on it and is £10,000 less, for example. Finally, if a manual gearbox is not the be all and end all, the McLaren 600LT starts at £175k secondhand - quite some alternative.

Still, for those with their heart set on a GT8 - and it's easy to see why it might be - this one is perhaps the most appealing of the lot. And while it might be a bit late for Le Mans now, there's an AMOC race day at Oulton Park the first weekend of July - perfect excuse for a day out...


Engine: 4,735cc V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 446@7,300rpm
Torque (lb ft): 361@5,000rpm
MPG: N/A (standard 20.5)
CO2: N/A (321g/km)
First registered: 2016
Recorded mileage: 1,441
Price new: £165,000 (before options)
Yours for: £169,850

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  • Nerdherder 12 Jun 2019

    I’ll have one in orthodontist spec please. Tacked on spoilerage doesn’t do it for me on an Aston.

  • Macboy 12 Jun 2019

    There's one locally to me and despite my petrol-head tendencies it is one of the most offensively loud cars I've ever come across. All times of day in a 20 zone it is like a Le Mans rolling start. I can imagine his immediate neighbours are plotting his demise.

  • cayman-black 12 Jun 2019

    One of my favorite cars, and i,m sure its the best sounding.

  • lukelovescars 12 Jun 2019

    I really love these but struggle with £170k when a similar mileage V12s manual can be had for £115k. Appreciate the limited numbers argument though.

  • RobDown 12 Jun 2019

    Macboy said:
    There's one locally to me and despite my petrol-head tendencies it is one of the most offensively loud cars I've ever come across. All times of day in a 20 zone it is like a Le Mans rolling start. I can imagine his immediate neighbours are plotting his demise.
    sorry! (if its mine)

    What the article doesn't say is that there's a very active owners club for the GT8s, organise meet-ups, visits etc. So hopefully whoever buys this will get involved

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