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Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Clive Sutton Market Price from £35,000 (2005 car, 25,000 miles)

aston martin v8 vantage

What is it?

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is the entry level Aston Martin. The firm’s rival to the Porsche 911, it is all about looks and sound. It makes an incredible noise, whether in early 4.3-litre V8 form or the later and more powerful 4.7-litre V8.

I’d argue it’s a modern, more upmarket interpretation of the classic TVR. It is often bought by former owners of TVRs, who have since made their money and been able to trade up.

Who buys it?

Buyers looking at a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL 55 AMG (or later SL 63 AMG) tend to look at the Vantage too. By prioritising low running costs and ease of use, Aston Martin has [...]

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Clive Sutton Market Price from £83,500 (2009 car, 7,000 miles)

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What is it?

To create the V12 Vantage, Aston installed the race-derived 6.0-litre V12 from the DBS, giving it a full 510bhp for 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds. It is a staggeringly able machine, with the handling to match. Aston has also pumped up the looks just enough for it to look special: the louvres in the bonnet are a giveaway, as is the rear diffuser, and it’s often also finished in vivid colours such as bright orange.

Befitting its high performance status, it also gets standard carbon ceramic disc brakes, which offer tremendous retardation at speed but do take a bit of getting used to, as they are less effective when really cold.

Who buys it?

Buyers seeking the pinnacle of [...]

Aston Martin DB9

Clive Sutton Market Price from £38,000 (2005 model, 45,000 miles)

DB9

What is it?

The Aston Martin DB9 is seen as a proper Aston. The TopGear Cool Wall effect has helped, too. It’s a rival to the Bentley Continental GT and GTC, with a similar token rear seat arrangement (although there’s less space here).

Who buys it?

Buyers tend to be a bit more traditional ‘Aston Martin’ than V8 Vantage buyers. They’re less likely to be early adopters, seeking the latest thing, and so generally keep the cars longer. Apart from the early launch cars, which were resold at a premium, there’s less churn, and fewer owner changes recorded in the logbook early on.

The DB9 buyer is also more enthusiastic as it is a less approachable prospect than the V8 Vantage. The V12 [...]

Aston Martin DBS

Clive Sutton Market Price from £80,000 (2007 car, 19,000 miles)

Aston Martin DBS

What is it?

Aston Martin really exploited the James Bond links with the 2007 DBS. Unveiled at Pebble Beach in America, not only was the logo similar to the James Bond font, it even came in a special colour – dubbed ‘Casino Ice’. Linked, of course, to the Casino Royale flick of the year before. Neat, huh?

It wasn’t an all-new car. Rather, it’s a re-styled version of the DB9 Coupe with the visual tension ramped up, thanks to a muscular bodykit. And it’s spawned imitators – I know of companies who will graft on a bodykit to the DB9 to create a pretty convincing replica.

Those cars aren’t the real McCoy, though. The DBS is: it was the first Aston [...]

Aston Martin Rapide

Clive Sutton Market Price from £95,000 (2010 car, 6,000 miles)

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What is it?

An Aston Martin DB9 with a pair of rear doors and four sumptuous seats. Not content with letting Porsche have the four-door supercar niche all to itself, the Rapide is Aston’s answer. And very beautiful it is too – especially sat alongside the more visually challenging Panamera.

Who buys it?

The Rapide is pitched a few notches higher than the sub-£100,000 Panamera Turbo, at £149,000, which takes it into Bentley Continental Flying Spur territory. It’s a sleek looking car, make no mistake, but it also has a large footprint, at over five metres long and two metres wide. And whilst the rear seats will accommodate adults, the space back there is nothing like as commodious as a Panamera [...]

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