2015 ASTON MARTIN Vantage V8 SportshiftView vehicle description
With the company being established in 1913, it has some rather notable Le Mans and Grand Prix racing history. There’s an Aston present in every Ian Flemming James Bond book. More recently there’s the return to Formula One and other branching out to yachts and motorcycles. There’s no question about it, Aston Martin is truly a British style & performance icon.
Instantly recognisable and still one of the most beautiful cars on the road, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is an industry pin-up.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the entry point to Aston's luxury sports car range. It's been on sale since 2006, but it still looks great, and constant revisions and updates mean the V8 Vantage is still able to compete against rivals such as the Jaguar F-Type Coupe and Porsche 911. It is testament to the original Henrik Fisker design that it still turns heads wherever it goes. The key to the Vantage’s timeless appeal has been its simplicity. The proportions are spot on, whichever angle you view the car from, while details such as the distinctive tailgate spoiler and front wing air vents are effortlessly integrated into the design.
The unmistakable presence of the Vantage, like the archetypal hunter, everything looks finely tuned for a purpose, with sculptural forms creating an athletic predatory stance, while muscular flanks and broad haunches express the agility and dynamism inherent to the car.
The Vantage is incredibly quick, but the speed doesn’t come at the expense of feel and enjoyment. It’s a proper driver’s car.
We likey. We likey a lot. Simply opening the door is an experience to savour – it glides out and slightly up, revealing expensive and exotic materials. There’s gorgeous lighting and an excellent seating position awaiting you.
Aston quite rightly emphasises the fact that every Vantage is hand-made – and it’s a tribute to the assembly team that it all works as it should.
This is the last model where everything in and out of the car is made in the UK, and to the (one and only) owner this was a very important factor when he purchased the car.
This 2015 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a rear-drive sports car powered by a 4.7-liter V8 rated at 420 hp and 357 lb-ft of torque.
The chassis is made of ultra-rigid aluminium and, with the well-proven powertrain, it delivers in spades.
On the Outside
After carefully inspecting the smooth surface for any hidden paint dinks or chips, to which there are just a couple, we were impressed. Okay, if we’re really fussy there’s one very little scratch on the drivers front light and a couple of stone blemishes at the front plus a paint bubble on the nose.
The chrome grill has that slight tarnish effect that affects all Vantages that have been lovingly cleaned to within an inch of their lives like this one.
That’s about it.
On the Inside
The leather work is the highest quality, courtesy of cattle that roam in the Scottish Borders in fields without barbed wire, so their hide isn’t pock-marked when processed for leather. We know this because we’ve been to Bridge of Weir, the long-established partner of Aston Martin, who provide all their leather interiors. They check each hide for blemishes (even for bites from midges) and, the result is that the interior of this car is sublime and blemish-free.
This car has a sublime combination of the black leather and contrast white stitching along with cream Alcantara roof lining to complement the silver exterior.
The central wheel logo emblems are fraying at the edges a bit.
The dashboard, leather steering wheel, roof liner, glove box and rear parcel shelf have been well cared for – proof of which is in the boot where a bag of Autoglym products are awaiting for you to continue the careful detailing to this car.
The dials are in good condition and the media console and dash dials are all gleaming.
This smaller car from the brand has actually got some pretty decent boot space and the driving position was easily adjusted for the small frame of our lady writer.
Speaking of the driver, the seat is understandably slightly more worn-in than the passenger seat.
We’re impressed that they managed to get that amount of engine under that bonnet! “This is a little pocket rocket” says the vendor.
Considering the car is six years old the engine bay is pretty spotless and a beautiful bit of design and packaging to look at.
There are a matching set of Potenza tyres which are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly.
You can see from the photographs in the gallery that there are three years of service history – as the car has been stored for a year and a half - which explains the service history gap to 2018 – plus the lack of MoT and Sorn at that time.
We understand the owner now requires a tractor in his life more than a sports car, and no, he’s not Jeremy Clarkson.
What We Think
The engine bay badge reads ‘Richard Neal inspected this vehicle at Aston Martin’. Hopefully he’ll read this and feel proud. It’s a glorious car, the elegance and timelessness of the design.
It is a superb example of this age and one that on looks alone, will last well into a modern classic. Cosmetically it is in a lovely condition. It’s the last edition of a Brit-built sports car, and therefore something indeed to be proud of.
It's worth every penny between £41,000 - £55,000 in our opinion.
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