Aston Martin’s potent and charismatic V8 Vantage was unveiled at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show, born from an ambition to create an Aston Martin which retained the renowned GT capability of the DB9 and Vanquish, but with a lighter, more compact body shape.
It was immediately welcomed as the most accessible Aston Martin ever manufactured, a worthy competitor to the Porsche 911, blessed with inimitable style and exceptional athleticism. It is of no surprise that the chassis is still winning races around the world, as it continues to dominate the Ferrari’s & Porsche’s in the World Endurance Championship.
The first V8 Vantage was a two-door, two-seat coupe with a bonded aluminium structure for strength and lightness. Combining an instantly recognisable sporting design with some of the most advanced technology around, it embodied all that was great about Aston Martin.
It was powered by a front mid-mounted 4.3 litre 32-valve V8 engine, tuned to deliver the broadest possible spread of performance. Hand-assembled at Aston Martin’s own facility in Cologne, Germany, it featured race-style dry-sump lubrication, enabling it to be mounted low in the chassis for an improved centre of gravity.
Retailing at £79,000, it was fitted as standard with slotted Brembo brakes, six-speed manual transmission, and leather on seats, dash, steering wheel and gear lever shift knob. It was also offered with a wide range of personalised options for colour and trim, particularly in the interior where several different shades of leather and stitching could be chosen.
Immobiliser, Satellite Navigation, 19-inch seven-spoke wheels, Cruise control, Rear park assist, HID headlights, Heated front electric seats, Electric mirrors, Heated front and rear screen, Climate control, Phone prep, Smokers pack, Battery conditioner.
Aston Martin’s muscular V8 Vantage Coupe is surely one of the best looking cars ever created, and this example is in superb condition presented in Meteorite Silver. The paintwork sparkles beautifully under both studio and natural light – a rich metallic with a very prominent silver flake that adds another deeper dimension to the stylish shade.
The bright-work around the windows and the front quarter grilles maintain an excellent finish, free from blemishes or cloudiness. The chrome twin tail pipes sit proudly recessed into the rear bumper and provide a sensational soundtrack.
The interior looks stunning with Anthracite inserts and full extended Black leather with contrasting stitching. The heated leather seats remain soft and supple with no discolouration or marks. The trim remains virtually blemish free, whilst the matching carpets maintain excellent colour and shape. Controls, including the crafted illuminated engine start button which presents proudly on the centre console, Aston Martin Audio in-car entertainment system, automatic climate control and Sat-Nav all function as intended. There is a considered nod to practicality too, with a boot stretching to 11 cubic feet.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The start up procedure of this compact 4.3 litre V8 result in a unique crackle before settling into a menacing growl. The torque characteristics of the engine allow for a broad operating bracket – the engine revs freely but is equally adept at cruising speeds.
Under the bonnet is a small plaque proudly bearing the inscription ‘Handbuilt in England – Final inspection by ‘Mick Freeman’ – a wonderfully personable addition in an era of digital supremacy. The drivetrain operates as it should, with no shift difficulty on cold start, and works intuitively as the car warms; transmission is a six-speed manual gearbox specially made in Italy by Graziano.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Rather than the standard 18-inch wheels this example comes with the optional 19-inch seven-spoke models, all of which present in excellent condition. The car wears a matching set of Bridgestone Potenza’s which all show plenty of tread. Grey calipers compliment the bright finish of the wheels and sit proudly wearing the manufacturer’s name.
Supplied new to the previous owner on the 1st March 2006 by Aston Martin Edinburgh, this V8 has been meticulously maintained by main dealer and specialists with a total of 10 service stamps present in the owners handbook.
The history file comes with a vast and continuous array of MOT certificates and invoices dating back to the first new vehicle invoice, giving a useful insight into this cars fastidious long term ownership.
Two spare keys and the original owners wallet accompany the history file.
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