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Britain’s first supercar – The Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Hitting the streets in 1977, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage is a classic that has recently re-captured the attention of collectors. Immortalised by the Bond movie Goldfinger, the £500,000 old-school Aston is the epitome of power, high performance and style. The hand built V8 set new standards in terms of exclusivity and driving experience.

Built out of the standard AMV8, it replaced theDB6 in 1967, receiving a 5.3-litre, eight-cylinder engine that gives it extra power. This allows for a potential top speed of 170mph and a hefty boost to a 380 horsepower. This defines the car’s aggressive personality and superior performance. Its luxurious appearance is enhanced by an exquisite wooden dashboard, integrated tea-tray spoiler and smoother bonnet bulge.

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage boasts beautiful details, such as a blanked bonnet vent and a separate rear spoiler. The interior is decorated to a superb finish with fine black leather. Other additions that help the model stand out from the rest of the edition are the bigger carburetors and Nimrod racing-type heads that enhance the performance.

The model is exceptional not only for its collector’s value and performance features, but also because of its value as the first enhanced convertible released commercially. Aston’s high-performance drophead coupé boasts camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves, bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output and luxurious interior.

The performance is pretty impressive with 0 to 60mph acceleration for 5.3 seconds. The model is a five-speed manual, although customizations allow for an automatic shift change. This is a car of truly iconic status –one that marked the beginning of years of engineering advancement and exceptional design for Aston Martin, and a one-in-a-million chance to own a little bit of history.