Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The mid-2000’s (around 2006 and 2007) Aston Martin V8 Vantage are now very affordable. Ok, they aren’t as low as $5,000 like the early 986 Porsche Boxster, but they are less than $50,000.
Considering that when new one of these examples of a V8 Vantage would cost you about $130,000 and you have a special car for not a lot of money. In fact if you do some hunting and purchase a car with a bit higher mileage, we’ve found a number of good examples with under 50,000 miles on them for about $35,000.
That’s right, for the price of a loaded Honda Accord you can drive a modern Aston Martin that most people will think is new.
Now of course there is a bigger question about buying a $35,000 Aston Martin. Should you buy it? Is it something that after buying you can afford to keep on the road?
On the surface Aston Martin parts will cost you a lot, but the mid-2000’s V8 Vantage uses a number of parts sourced from other manufacturers. After some research you find that you can get many of the parts from Ford or Volvo.
If you are persistent you can do much of the labor for maintenance yourself. Getting to some parts does require that you remove more than you want as it is a tight fit.
This video shows a real world example of what it is like to own a cheap Aston Martin V8 Vantage. It talks about the maintenance cost as well as current values.
Check out the video and then let us know if you would buy an affordable Aston Martin in the comments.