One of the early Gaydon built Aston Martin V8 Vantages.
It was a childhood dream to have an Aston, with lots of cars along the way, but nothing quite so soulful. The dream was fulfilled when this car was bought in January 2020 - just before lockdown! It is a very early 4.3 Vantage, registered in January 2006, with sub 1000 chassis and engine numbers. These very early cars having arguably over engineered extra strong connecting rods (forged) and bearings. This car represents a typical unmodified ‘baby Aston’ from the beginning of the Gaydon era. It has had regular use but been well cared for, with 15 AM or specialist services over it’s 15 year life. I am the sixth owner, with the previous owner having had the car for nearly six years. To be me the car epitomises what sports car driving should be about. An analogue manual experience with a glorious sound and looks which are an art form.
This car is Onyx Black with Obsidian leather and full alcantara roof lining. With the exception of DAB and an iPod connector it is completely unmodified from original specification, including the long aerial. Thus it is a good representation of the first of the Gaydon V8 Vantages - not the ultimate Aston, but one which faithfully symbolises another critical turning point for the company. Options fitted at new included heated seats, SatNav and cruise control.