Vantage V8

2010 4.7 Showcase Edition

The story so far...............

The date is Oct 2012, it’s a particularly cold morning and we're waiting on the platform at Paddington for our train to Cardiff. It’s going to be a long 2 hr journey, but the prize will be worth the wait. The journey actually started about 3 years ago with the vision to own, what to me is one of the most beautiful cars in the world. Before I could even begin looking my current car, an Impreza WRX had to go, and was snapped up by the first person who came to see it. Having owned two Scoobies, I just felt it was time for something different, although I will always have an interest in Subaru.

I had originally been looking at older (pre 2008) 4.3’s, but as you find out more about the different versions and models a 4.7 was looking more tempting. An invaluable resource is “The Definitive Guide” to Aston Martin by Grant Neal, if you're serious about buying an AM, you will find this book very useful, although very damaging to your wallet. As the spec list started to grow and with only wanting certain colours, the available cars were quite limited. I’d decided early on that it was to be a Manual Coupe, although the roadster is equally attractive. Having driven a car with the “sportpack” option, this was also on my list of must haves. The revised dampers give a slightly harder ride, it also comes with a different wheel design which I preferred. It's a totally different ride to the Impreza, the Vantage chassis is very stiff but the suspension still manages to give a very compliant ride, just about perfect for road use.

The spec list:

  1. Lightning Silver with Obsidian Black trim. Silver stitching.
  2. Taylors Grey headlining.
  3. High spec alarm.
  4. Bluetooth.
  5. Black brake calipers.
  6. Cruise control.
  7. Piano Black Facia with Iridium.
  8. Bright finish grill.
  9. Front/rear parking sensors.
  10. Premium audio.
  11. Auto dimming mirror.
  12. Memory seats.
  13. Magnum Silver mesh.
  14. Satelite navigation.
  15. Heated front seats.
  16. N400 sill design.
  17. Sports pack with 10 spoke Graphite D.T wheels.
  18. Clear rear lamps.
  19. Polished alloy tread plates.
  20. Power fold heated mirrors.