When a Jaguar is too commonplace for you, thank goodness there’s Aston Martin. For Sportscar Saturday, we’re featuring what appears to be a pristine 26K mile Tungsten Silver over Obsidian Black leather 2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sportshift we spotted on Craigslist in Concord, New Hampshire for the asking price of $48,900. The current hard copy of J.D. Power’s NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide & Directory lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” values of these vehicles at $49,400, $57,600, and $64,000, respectively so the private seller appears to have his Vantage realistically priced.
Designed by Henrik Fisker (of Fisker Karma electric car fame), Aston Martin’s AMV8 Vantage concept car from 2003 inspired the V8 Vantage Coupe and Roadsters launched for the 2006 model year. Vantages of this vintage feature what was then an innovative bonded aluminum structure designed for strength and lightweight. While initially powered by a 4.3 liter V8, examples like the car featured here came with a larger and more powerful 4.7-liter mill with 420 brake horsepower and 347 foot-pounds of torque. While unknowledgeable enthusiasts scoff that the motor is merely a rebadged AJ-V8 Jaguar unit, its only loosely based on that engine’s architecture and is truly unique to Aston Martin. With a front mid-mounted engine and a rear-mounted transaxle, Vantages are well-balanced GTs with a 49/51 front/rear weight distribution. The Sport Shift semi-automatic transmission in the 2008 and later versions such as this example feature vastly improved computer controls for better shifting.
The private seller states his Aston is “in great shape” with leather that is supple and smells like new with no tears or rips.
The private seller also mentions his Aston comes equipped with a premium stereo equipped with satellite radio and navigation, a factory trickle charger, and remotely mounted front and rear Escort Radar detector.
Despite the amount of pictures provided, the seller omitted one of the engine. The picture below is for reference only and is not the mill in the example car.
The seller provides a copy of his Aston’s original window sticker, which totaled nearly $135,000 when new. The “13 MPG City” is likely the tougher number to get past!
Overall, this Aston Martin appears to be a nicely cared for, low mileage example with a clean Carfax the selling willingly provides. For about one-third of the price from when new, This Aston will make a great country road carver that will also earn you front-row valet status at any restaurant we decide to drive this roadster. Good luck with the purchase!