Created using the tried and true technique of putting the largest engine in the smallest car, the V12 Vantage is one of the best sports cars of the last decade in addition to being the last naturally-aspirated V12 manual car ever made. When the V8 Vantage appeared, it was powered by a 4.3 liter 380hp V8 and was universally praised for its spectacular good looks, aluminum chassis, and handling balance. Dry sump lubrication and rear-mounted transaxle signaled that Aston Martin was serious about creating a genuine sports car, and the press noted that the car could easily handle more power. Four years later, the V12 Vantage appeared, powered by the hot-rodded 510hp 12-cylinder DBS motor (60hp more than the DB9 motor on which it was based). Functional carbon fiber vents were added to the hood and the bumpers and side skirts revised, and a larger rear lip spoiler added along with larger wheels and brakes. Although it was created by pulling the best from the Aston Martin parts stash, the result is stunning. It is a car with superb proportions, dynamically spectacular, and aurally sensational. It is the ultimate expression of the old-school sports car: front-engined, naturally aspirated, and manual, but rendered with the brilliance of today's cars. In short, it is the Ferrari that Ferrari never made.
This particular example was special ordered in its stunning color combination of Mariana blue with plum leather interior with contrasting red stitching. It has had one enthusiastic Northern California owner from new and has covered fewer than 5,000 miles.