Buy an Aston V8 wisely

Aston Martin V8

You can pay anywhere from £50k to £500k for an Aston Martin V8 now, so I can’t help but wish I’d taken out a meaty loan to buy the smart £40k V8 Vantage that I borrowed for the day a few years ago. Not because I have any interest in playing the classic car investment game but because, as it turns out, that was my last chance to own one.

Then, as now, repair and restoration costs for these cars were very much in the league of those who can afford to buy a brand-new Aston Martin, and that fearful knowledge kept me from making a begging phone call to my bank’s loan department. That £50k starting point really only buys a project car now, something that you could easily spend £100-£200k on, while usable V8s start at more like £80k, with tidy Vantages at £150k.

So, as with so many cars, your money goes a lot further if you buy a decent example in the first place. The detailed buying guide in the latest issue of Classic Cars magazine takes you through six essential steps to avoid buying a bad one, and help you navigate the subtleties of the different variants on the market.

You’ll find 14 pages of buying information in every issue of Classic Cars magazine, including Quentin Willson’s hot tips, Russ Smith’s market analysis, in-depth buying guides and Ads on Test.

 

Phil Bell

Editor, Classic Cars magazine

For more details of the latest issue, visit www.classiccarsmagazine.co.uk

Recently Added

94540 1Sponsored Ad
1960
£Auction
Monte Carlo - Chassis '953'
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1185628
Raced in period by Moss, Hill, Gendebien, Maggs and Ireland Jim Clark won in this car!Potentially...
25
01926 321 950
View details
94541 1Sponsored Ad
1957
£Auction
(FIA)
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1185629
An immaculate example of John Cooper's Formula 2design for the 1957 seasonNumber 27 of 28. Shippe...
24
01926 321 950
View details
94641 1Sponsored Ad
1967
£Auction
Broken Can-am
  • 98,196
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 LHD
  • Refcode: TA1185538
![CDATA[The Méan Motor Engineering Company was a Belgian manufacturer founded by Jacques DHeur of...
12
01753 437 779
View details
Image00001Sponsored Ad
1966
£32,995
IRS
  • 30,000
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1185659
Here we have a fantastic example of an oh so desirable British sports car. a TR4A! A genuine UK r...
15
01623 411476
View details
577834Sponsored Ad
1978
€30,950
  • 4,917
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: TA1185658
MG B Roadster V8 '78
16
+32 472.40.13.38
View details
Dsc07486Sponsored Ad
1970
£7,450
  • 0
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: DIY1182513
Cal look Beetle, ground up rebuild, paintwork is still wonderful, drives well, lowered, Porsche s...
10
07939226075
View details
01 front nearsideSponsored Ad
1964
£5,995
Custom
  • 33,001
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: DIY1181494
1964 Morris Minor Convertible Registration ALW942B It is an enhanced post factory convertible exa...
15
07866956161
View details
20190921 145904Sponsored Ad
1984
£6,000
2.5 N/A
  • 57,500
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: DIY1173146
Fresh MoT, part restored, full leather interior, full body and suspension restoration, not a sing...
13
07440459921
View details
20180508 140445Sponsored Ad
£6,000
  • 1
  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • Refcode: DIY1185454
Purchased the car around 5 years ago as a project, it requires a few parts to make it complete, f...
38
+447971278096
View details
See All Classic Cars for Sale