Cars & Bids Bargain of the Week: 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Bought brand new, supercars are understandably expensive. But depreciation can be a great friend to a used dream-car shopper, even if they’re eyeing an Aston Martin. True, a classic DB5 is still out of reach for all but the well-off. However, quite a few of the British automaker’s used modern models are more affordable than you might think. And this week on Cars & Bids there’s a chance to bid on one of these reasonably-priced exotics: a 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage.
Hagerty calls the 2006-2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage “one of this century’s most beautiful, most lovely-sounding automobiles”
The predecessor to today’s Vantage, the 2006-2017 Aston Martin V8 Vantage was developed while the brand was owned by Ford. But while it has a few Ford and Volvo parts scattered around, the luxury GT “still captures nearly all the specialness of the twice-as-expensive DBS and Vanquish,” Car and Driver says. Part of that is due to its styling, which even 15 years after its debut, remains striking. And it doesn’t hurt that it took roughly 200 hours to hand-build each V8 Vantage.
Something else that doesn’t hurt is how it sounds. Per its name, the RWD Aston Martin V8 Vantage has a hand-built V8. 2006-2008 cars have a 4.3-liter V8 that revs to 7300 RPM and makes 380 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Initially available only with a six-speed manual, Aston Martin added a six-speed ‘Sportshift’ automated manual option in 2007, Hagerty reports. 0-60 mph comes in roughly five seconds accompanied by what Hagerty calls “a feral roar.”
While reasonably fast, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage isn’t quite as quick or as sharp as the contemporary Porsche 911. The car’s 2009 update rectified that somewhat by giving the Vantage a 420-hp 4.7-liter V8 as well as retuned steering and suspension. And Aston Martin tweaked the V8 Vantage throughout its lifespan, giving it more power, upgrading the suspension and steering, and swapping the Sportshift for the seven-speed Sportshift II. Plus, at least one tuner is restomodding Vantages into track cars.
However, even the early V8 Vantages are genuinely daily-drivable supercars. Being luxury GTs, they ride comfortably without sacrificing back-road fun. The hydraulic steering is sharp and well-weighted with plenty of feedback, Jalopnik reports. And while there’s some Ford switchgear inside, most of the interior features hand-stitched leather, Alcantara, and metal trim. It might be slightly dated, but it still feels special, CarBuyer says.
You can turn heads with this 2008 model listed on Cars & Bids
The 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage currently listed on Cars & Bids has a Sportshift transmission rather than the manual. But it does have a standard limited-slip differential and swan doors. And it also comes with some extra luxury features.
On top of the Alcantara headliner and leather upholstery, this 2008 V8 Vintage has satellite navigation, xenon HID headlights, heated seats, and rear parking sensors. It also has the optional 700W Dolby Pro Logic II audio system with a six-disc CD changer, Bluetooth, and satellite radio hardware. Plus, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and power-adjustable lumbar support.
This 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage does have some stone chips and leather wear, including on the dashboard. Also, the rear parking sensors aren’t working, and the disc-based navigation system is due for an update. However, it has a zero-accident history, extensive service records, and less than 69,900 miles on the clock. The seller also recently took the car in for its yearly service, which included an oil and oil filter change.
A used Aston Martin V8 Vantage can be a stylish, reliable bargain
As of this writing, this 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage is listed on Cars & Bids at $16,257 with three days left in the auction. Considering it originally started at over $100K, that’s a significant discount. It’s also noticeably lower than the average market price for used Vantages. Although values have started rising, a fair-condition automatic V8 Vantage is still usually a $35,000-$40,000 car, Hagerty reports.
Given that this is a used supercar, it’s recommended that potential bidders get a pre-purchase inspection. However, as long as they’re regularly driven and serviced, used Aston Martin V8 Vantages are fairly reliable luxury cars. Some parts, including the clutch and thermostats, do require frequent replacement, Car and Driver says, though longer-lasting versions exist. And the door struts need to be replaced every 5-7 years, Redpants notes. Luckily, owners can sometimes use less expensive Jaguar or Ford parts instead of the identical Aston Martin ones.
So, if you’re looking to style on a budget, this 2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage might be worth considering.
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