I was already considering a change of car around the time the new Vantage was launched. Five year’s ownership of the previous generation Vantage had cemented my love for the brand, so the choice for its replacement seemed obvious. However, I wasn’t sure about that new front end – until I saw one in person. I did some sums and the decision to buy one was made. After many days on the configurator and with the help of Oliver Ball at Aston Martin Nottingham, I settled on Hyper Red paint with gloss black body pack and Phantom Grey leather interior with contrast Spicy Red stitching (and seat belts) to match the exterior colour.
I was lucky enough to see my car at the factory awaiting its final inspection that was to be carried out by CEO Andy Palmer. The plan was for him inspect 1,000 Vantages randomly selected over the first couple of years’ production and I now wonder if he completed that before he ‘left’.
I have owned the car for 21 months now and am still thoroughly enjoying it. It is no garage queen clocking up 13,000 miles in the first 18 months but just 130 miles in the last three! No matter how fastidious you are in keeping a car pristine, road debris has other ideas and that kind of mileage takes its toll. I have used this period of inactivity to have the stone chips repaired and paint protection film applied. I realise that PPF loses a point in a real concourse, but as an owner intending to use the car, it is the sensible course of action. Even so, at the time these photos were taken, just after picking it up, you are looking at a 99 pointer!