I stumbled across a key part of the Vantage's development history a few years back, in the form of a 997 Carrera being offered for sale.
It was the car Aston had bought for R&D purposes. Presumably they gave it some death, drew as much data as possible from it and then unscrewed every nut and bolt to see what it was all about. I know this last bit to be true because the car came up for sale in bits.
I never quite gelled with the way the Vantage drove - it was quite lazy in direction changes, but the steering was quite fast. Then there was the fact that M3s could have you in a straight line, which was unfortunate because with that fuse removed it sounded like Thrust SSC. A little too much flatulence and too little actual muscle.
like this black V8 Vantage coupe) I think it looks terrific.
There are very few genuine 360-degree cars: machines that sparkle however you view them, but this is one of them. For that reason alone I've often wanted to own one. They still look great value and of course Aston's limited resources mean that there's no replacement planned any time soon, so there's an element of future-proofing going on here that should keep prices of cars like this pretty solid.
For the same money as an over-specced Golf GTI, it's an absolute steal.
ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE
Engine: 4,280cc V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 380hp@7,300rpm
Torque (lb ft): 302@5,000rpm
First registered: 2005
Recorded mileage: 58,000
Price new: £83,000
Yours for: £29,950
Have a lookee at the other Aston Martin V8 Vantages for sale in the PH classifieds