We just posted about a handful of Model A and ’32 Ford speedsters, and looking over recent articles, I noticed that we’ve been featuring a lot of older cars lately. The youngest cars on the home page yesterday were Larry Shinoda’s personal 1969 Boss 302 Mustang prototype that Marty Densch has been following and the ’65 VW Beetle in my post about Domino’s Pizza and their contest to design the ultimate pizza delivery vehicle. Just in case a new visitor to the site thinks we just do vintage cars around here, well, here are a couple of late model Aston Martins. A-Ms may not be the ultimate in performance, but they’re close enough, they’re genuinely handcrafted with superb workmanship, and they’re achingly beautiful. I spotted this Vantage at the Packard Proving Grounds’ fall open house. At first I wasn’t sure if it was the entry level Aston or not – the styling bloodline on all Aston Martins since the DB7 has been very strong. While the new 2013 Ford Fusion doesn’t really look all that much like an Aston Martin when you park it next to, let’s say a Rapide, if that Rapide is next to a Virage or a Vantage, the familial resemblance can’t be denied.
While current Aston Martins do look a lot alike, I was pretty sure it was a Vantage, in a metallic black that in the late afternoon autumn sunlight looked like it had just a touch of brown in it, but other than the Aston Martin badging , there were no identifying logos on the car. The mystery was solved, coincidentally a couple of days later. I had to take my elderly mom’s Saturn in for an oil change. While the Cadillac/Buick dealer that handles her service did that, I walked across the street to the Aston Martin dealer. The salesman (who told me that they sell 2 or 3 cars a month) knew which car it was. A customer had asked them to debadge his Vantage for a smoother look. Either that or he doesn’t want people to know that it’s the cheapest Aston.