I first drove the new manual Vantage in November last year, only to be told they were all sold! Needless to say, I was bowled over by the performance and the engaging drive but resigned myself to waiting until I could spec my own Vantage with a manual gearbox. In the meantime, I went to the Bicester Heritage Scramble in January, where I met up with Derek Wise who had recently taken delivery of his Vantage AMR 59. Simon Stanton from Aston Martin Works was also there and, unbeknown to me chatted to Derek who mentioned I was very taken with his car. That evening I got a text from Simon saying he thought he could lay his hands an AMR 59 that had not taken up by the original customer and suggested that if I was interested, I should contact him. Well - as you can see the rest is history and I am now the very proud owner if this fabulous special Le Mans Edition AMR Vantage 59. Taking delivery just before lockdown was not ideal but she has now done 400 miles, the bulk of which was added last week on a gorgeous drive from Malvern to Shrewsbury via Clee Hill near Ludlow.