Own­ing an As­ton V8 Van­tage

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I had two new Van­tages a year in pe­riod, and still swear by them to­day,’ says As­ton Martin spe­cial­ist and se­rial Van­tage owner Roger Ben­ning­ton of the Strat­ton Mo­tor Com­pany. ‘They’re ca­pa­ble of huge mileages with­out giv­ing trou­ble - in 200,000 miles I only had one fuel pump fail and even then it still limped home. I’d rou­tinely drive to Monaco and Geneva in one hit with­out feel­ing achey.

‘One de­sign fault is the air con­di­tion­ing – the ma­trix is right next to the heater which causes the screen to mist up badly, but it’s fine if you don’t fid­dle with the tem­per­a­ture and just wind the win­dow down to let the air out.

‘Their weak spots are the sills – many were bodged but they re­ally need their doors off and lower body cut­ting away. A full body-off restora­tion is £250k but it’ll last well.’

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