There is no time to spare.
The limited-edition Vantage AMR came standard with a seven-speed manual transmission, and the 2021 Aston Martin Vantage Coupe will be the last to offer this feature with no production cap. Aston only built 200 AMR units globally but has not published production numbers on the standard manual Vantage.
An Aston Martin spokesperson confirmed to CarBuzz that "2021 will be the final model year in which the Vantage is available with a manual transmission."
This means there is still time remaining to place an order for one, but you better act fast.
The spokesperson says Aston Martin hasn't confirmed the exact dates with retailers for 2022 order books but noted that the changeover is only "a couple of weeks away." This means customers who want to spec out their dream Vantage with three pedals only have a short time to do so. If the 2021 order books suddenly close, buyers have a few alternative options. Of course, there is no shortage of manual Astons available on the used market, many of which are equipped with V12 engines. We expect these older manual cars to become collectible in the future, but the final Vantages built with a manual could fetch a handsome sum as well.
We surprisingly found 19 Vantages for sale equipped with the dogleg seven-speed manual transmission for those who prefer not to wait. Some of these are the 2021 final model year, while two are unsold copies of the limited-edition 2020 AMR model. With 2% of the 200-unit run AMR still available more than one year after it went on sale, it's easy to see why Aston Martin is dropping the manual option.
Customers clearly prefer the automatic, but we believe those shoppers will look foolish when the 200 AMR units sell for outrageous sums at auction in a few years from now. Remember the Ferrari California, the last Ferrari to offer a gated manual transmission? Only two were ordered, and they are now worth far more than any regular California with the dual-clutch transmission.