Everyone envied Ford in the Sixties for the success of the Mustang — and that included the Brits, so Aston Martin went ahead and made their own version called the Vantage V8.
Debuting in 1977 and introduced as “Britain’s First Supercar”, with a pumped up body and throaty exhaust note it was more akin to a muscle car. It had a brawny 5.3-litre V8 (mated to a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic) with high-performance camshafts making 390bhp; it could hit 0-100kph in 5.3 seconds and from ‘86 until the end of production in ‘89 power went up to 403bhp.
It shared many similarities with the Ford — but was far more special what with it being hand built in a limited number and boasting a much better interior. Customers loved it and soon started to request a convertible variant but Aston refused due to concerns with safety but eventually in ‘86, the Vantage Volante was released. Inspired by a design made for the Brunei Royal Family, it featured a deeper front spoiler than the hardtop, wider wheel arches, extended side skirts and a rear spoiler. A total of 192 were built and were so hot that even Charles, the Prince of Wales had to have one. And although actor Timothy Dalton was a less than impressive James Bond, he starred alongside the Aston which lit up the screen in The Living Daylights.
One of the most desirable Aston’s ever made, they retail between Dh750,000 to Dh1million.