Aston Martin's plan with the V8 Vantage was to create a competitor for the Porsche 911, but this 2009 Aston Martin Vanquish is so much more car. Show up in a 911, and everyone says, “Oh, look, another Porsche like that one over there.” But show up in THIS car, and, well, people start to think you're a pro athlete or a celebrity of some kind. Don't worry, we won't tell them how that you got it for half the original price.
The great thing about the Vantage is that it benefits from all the handling and suspension found on the top-of-the-line Vanquish, the same dramatic styling, and a more tossable, compact package. For drivers who really push their cars to the limit, this might be THE Aston to own. With 5.5 inches less wheelbase and more than a foot shorter than the 2+2 Aston Martin models, it looks like the gorgeous sheetmetal has been pulled taut over its muscles leaving very little wasted material. Finishing it Meteorite Silver only emphasizes the sinewy body lines that are unmistakably British and unquestionably expensive, making for one of the most beautiful cars you'll ever see. Showing 30,530 original miles, that miles-deep paint still looks spectacular, proving that you really do get what you pay for and that nothing else can match old-fashioned hand labor when it comes to finishing automobiles.
There's more evidence inside that Aston was serious about performance when they built the Vantage. The chocolate brown leather seats are exquisitely finished with the finest materials and yes those bolsters are definitely required. Forget wood and chrome, the high-tech interior is full of modern materials that choose weight savings over cosmetics, although every single component is beautifully crafted by hand. The instrument panel is centered exactly so it's visible through the spokes of the fat leather-wrapped steering wheel and alight with an icy blue glow when you press the big START button in the center of the dash. There's very little wear on the driver's seat, even on the high-traffic outer bolster area, and the wool carpets are still just as plush as they were when it was new. Obviously this was never a foul-weather machine, and if you could afford this car when it was new, then you could afford to have someone look after it properly. There's actually a decent trunk, but that's not really a priority in your Aston Martin, now is it?
The Vantage was extensively upgraded for the 2009 model year, most notably the larger 4.7 liter DOHC V8. With 420 horsepower and 346 pounds of torque it's docile around town and ferocious when you cut it loose. The rear-mounted 6-speed transaxle gives it almost perfect weight distribution, and thanks to massive Brembo brakes all around, you'll never run out of stopping power. It starts with a raw bark and settles into a rumbling V8 idle that's simply sublime at speed and it pulls without effort to its screaming 7500 RPM redline. The Sports Pack suspension is supple, yet capable, making this a car you can drive every day if you want. The undercarriage is quite clean, so it's obvious that the last owner used it only in good weather, and there are no signs of damage, neglect, or modifications. Gorgeous 19-inch forged alloy wheels show off those big brakes to great effect and wear staggered 235/45/19 front and 275/35/19 rear Michelin Pilot radials.
With a sticker price of nearly $180,000 and a waiting list of nearly three years to get one, this Vantage was a special car when it was new, and even more so today at a deeply discounted price. Recently treated to its 30,000 mile service and with a clean CarFax, this is an exotic you can buy with confidence. Call today!