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5 Affordable Aston Martins

By   December 16, 2014

Green Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is an “Affordable” Luxury Sports Car

Aston Martins are some of the most luxurious sports cars on the road. They are fitting of a British secret agent, but they also cost plenty of money.

What if you want to feel like James Bond, but don’t have a huge budget? Well, there are a few “cheap” Aston Martins out there and we have put together a list of 5 affordable cars from the English sports car maker.

5. Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

Aston Martin V12 Vanquish

The Aston Martin V12 Vanquish is a very powerful luxury sports car. To find an “affordable” model you have to look at the early 2000 time frame. The 2002 and 2003 years offer a little more bang for your buck. For those years you are looking at a 460 horsepower luxury rocket.

You can find early 2000 V12 Vanquishes in the $60,000- $85,000 range depending on condition and mileage.

4. Aston Martin DB9

Aston Martin DB9

The Aston Martin DB9 replaced the very successful DB7. They didn’t call it the DB8 as it was thought that it would cause people to think that it only had a V8 engine instead of a V12.

For a cheaper DB9 look around the 2005 model and it will run you in the $40,000 – $65,000 range for a decent example.

3. Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The V8 Vantage may only have a V8 instead of a V12 like some others on this list, but it still offers 380 horsepower in a somewhat affordable package. While not cheap you can have one of these exclusive automobiles for about the price of a new Porsche Boxster.

For a car around the 2007 model year it will cost you in the $40,000 – $60,000 price range.

2. Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin Virage

The Aston Martin Virage is the car that eventually became the Vantage. The V8 powered grand tourer put out 330 horsepower and could hit a top speed of 158 mph. Styling is very late 80’s / early 90’s, but with less than 400 produced it is guaranteed to be rare.

Look for cars between 1989-1992 and they will run in the $30,000-$45,000 range.

1. Aston Martin DB7

Aston Martin DB7

The DB7 is the car that came before the DB9 and it was a good car for the company. The luxurious grand tourer was available with an inline-six cylinder engine. The 3.2 liter units produced over 300 horsepower and made for a good performing car (remember that the earliest cars were made in 1994, so 300 horsepower is pretty good).

Of all current Aston Martins the DB7 is the easiest to find an affordable example of. In our searches we found plenty of good examples for $30,000. For a decent DB7 expect to pay $25,000 – $35,000

Conclusion

If you do a bit of hunting you can purchase a used Aston Martin for about the same price as a new Honda. Or you could even look at Jaguar for an even less expensive British sports car, but it won’t have the exclusivity of its British relative.

You will need to remember that repairs can be expensive with these cars, so buy a well maintained example and make sure to put a bit away for future repairs. If you look carefully and buy a good example Aston Martin ownership can be great.

Picture Sources: Mr.choppers, Maksa, Brett Weinstein

Aston Martins On Ice

By   March 18, 2014

Aston Martin Vanquish Driving On Ice

Aston Martin Vanquish Driving On Ice

For part of the United States spring can’t come fast enough. Parts of this country have had plenty of snow and ice that has made driving very hazardous.

Because many own high performance cars and live in cold weather climates many sports car manufactures have introduced ice driving facilities. The latest company to do so is Aston Martin.

Their new facility in Colorado will allow customers to drive the full Aston Martin range on very slick surfaces. They will try to teach safety at speed in winter driving situations. Besides that sliding an expensive sports car on the ice is a lot of fun.

While programs like this can teach you a lot about how to control the car, there may be times that driving on ice or the snow in the real world is just too difficult to avoid an accident. However, the knowledge that you gain from a winter driving program will lower your risk of ruining your prized car.

For desktop wallpaper of the Aston Martin Vanquish on ice click here.

Jay Leno Drives the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish – Video

By   February 12, 2013

Aston Martin makes some very beautiful cars. They make some of the most refined sports car that money can buy. These cars have incredible build quality and are very fast. Newer Aston Martins are also pretty reliable, so they can be enjoyed for long trips. Plus you can feel like you are James Bond while driving the car.

The above video features Jay Leno reviewing the Aston Martin Vanquish. The V12 560 hp luxury sports car provides more than enough power to keep most people happy and it will be rare that you come across a car that you can’t pass on the road. It does all this while still being quite civilized. In the video Jay goes over the car and then takes it for a road test and the sound of the V12 alone will make you want one.