My Car Quest

June 16, 2024

Aston Martin V8 Vantage – Looks Good and Sounds Great

by Mike Gulett –

I have loved British sports car for many years – the first car I ever bought was a Triumph TR6 followed by a TR7. I have also owned an MG, two Aston Martins including this one here and an AC Cobra Mk IV that I sold recently.

We first saw the new Aston Martin V8 Vantage at Pebble Beach in August 2005.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

I was able to sit in the car to determine if there was enough headroom, which was a problem with our DB7. The fit was excellent in the new Vantage so later that year we ordered one.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

It arrived in the summer of 2006 and we just happened to specify the same unusual exterior blue slate color as the one we saw at Pebble Beach.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Blue leather interior with silver contrast stitching was special and beautiful.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

A manual six speed transmission was the only option, which is just fine with me. This is still my favorite steering wheel on any modern car that I have driven.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The engine sits way back in the chassis like a Bizzarrini GT 5300 and has a wonderful sound especially at high RPM.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The push button starter in the center of the dash is just fun and makes the start up an experience.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

I was impressed with the handling and the reliability of this car. It is also one of the most beautiful cars on the road.

At 380 bhp it was under powered for me. We had fun but after two years we moved on.

Maybe a more powerful Aston Martin could be in my future?

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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I have loved British sports car for many years - the first car I ever bought was a Triumph TR6 followed by a TR7. I have also owned an MG, two Aston Martins and an AC Cobra Mk IV that I sold recently.
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