For Almost $300K, a Used Aston Martin V8 Vantage or Two New Ones?


I enjoy dreaming about exotic cars as much as the next guy. Normally used ones, especially 1988 models, are at least somewhat affordable, if affordable means roughly the same price as a new Mercedes-Benz or BMW.

The guys over at CarThrottle found a real gem of a used car, an ’88 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, but it’s priced at nearly 300 grand. What’s so great about it to justify such a high price?

Aside from looking like a Ford Mustang from some angles, I honestly don’t know.

CarThrottle describes the car like this:

The V8 was the mainstay of Aston Martin production for many years, with the boxy coupe being produced from 1969-1989. The most potent version was the Vantage. In its final ‘Series 5’ incarnation the V8 Vantage came packing a 380bhp 5.3-litre fuel-injected V8. That sends the Vantage from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, on to a top speed of 168mph…. The styling meanwhile is a world away from the curvaceous Astons we’ve gotten used to seeing in recent years. You could call the V8 Vantage Britain’s answer to the muscle car, with its simple and aggressive design. That’s half the charm with this car, and it still manages to retain that Aston Martin classiness.

This British classic is priced at the equivalent of roughly $286,000.


Compare that with a 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage, about which our reviewer says:

All trims of the 2013 Aston Martin V8 Vantage come equipped with a 4.7-liter 32-valve quad overhead cam naturally aspirated aluminum alloy V8 engine that makes 420 hp and 346 lb-ft of torque (430 hp and 361 lb-ft of torque in the S trims), matched with a 6-speed manual transmission, which allows the V8 Vantage to reach a top speed of 180 mph (190 mph for S trims).

Getting from 0 to 60 mph takes about 4.7 seconds. Pricing for the Roadster begins at about $130,000, or $150,000 for the Roadster S.

Naturally this leads to the question:

Would you rather pay $300,000 for a used ’88 Aston or $150,000 for a brand new one?


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  1. Well, consider that given the track record of classic cars, the value of the older Aston will most likely keep going up, while the new one will depreciate for many years but then start to rise. Most likely, your money will be much better spent on the classic, especially if you don’t plan to keep the car for thirty years or so.

  2. Wow, that grill looks EXACTLY like a mustang! I’ve never seen that car before. Very cool. But for the price, a new one please!

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