Aston Martin V8 Vantage Survives ‘Act of God’
After suffering a serious bout of damage from a hail storm, Aston Martin gets a heavenly overhaul and looks better than ever.
A V8 Vantage always catches our eye on an auction site, but this one we spotted on Bring a Trailer grabbed us as a realistic daily driver. It went for just $38,000 and is billed as being built for display at the 2007 Detroit Auto Show, complete with having custom plaques door sill plaques identifying it as such. Since then, it appears to have had a few upgrades and survived an Act of God. Yes, really.
The performance upgrades include a VelocityAP exhaust system, 200-cell catalytic converters, and an ECU update. Aesthetically, it has later-model clear taillights, LED lighting for both interior and exterior, and for modern functionality it has Bluetooth installed.
The Act of God it survived is reported as a hailstorm that damaged the hood badly enough for it to be replaced by the factory, but the dings in the roof and quarter panels were repaired without needing to redo the paint. The listing says this V8 Vantage does have a clear bra fitted to the front but, after learning about the hail damage, we suspect the new owner didn’t see that as a selling point.
What really grabbed us here is just what you can get for a daily driver for under $40,000. The 39,000 miles on the Vantage’s clock is still low, and when you consider that a brand new Honda Civic Type R has an MSRP of $35,700 but is selling well over sticker still, or that $40,000 will get you a pretty vanilla BMW or Mercedes, then a 2007 V8 Vantage for that money looks like somebody got an absolute steal.
Of course, we hope they budgeted some money to put away in case anything goes wrong, but it’s not like the Vantage has a bad reliability record and it’s one hell of a car to scoot around in and then open the taps when you get the chance.