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Supercars On A 50k Budget: The Briton That Will Make You Feel Like James Bond

Even though you clearly aren't.

One of the greatest things about a car is the way it makes you feel. Some cars look special, feel special and sound special, which then makes you feel like you’re special. That’s the difference between a good car and a great one: how it makes you feel. No other brand in the world makes you feel as special as Aston Martin and this supercar here will make you feel like James Bond even if you don’t have a cool bone in your body. Better yet, you can get this British, handmade supercar for the (kinda) affordable price of $49,900.

It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage has dipped into sports car pricing territory. When new, this car cost roughly $110,000! For that you get a 4.3-liter V8 engine that puts out 380 hp and 302 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its V8, the Vantage can get from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and onto a top speed of 175 mph. There’s no flappy paddle nonsense here; this V8 is matched to a proper six-speed manual transmission that sends all of the power to the V8 Vantage’s rear wheels. There are two things that will never get old on this car: the incredible powertrain and its gorgeous styling. Did I mention that this thing is hand-built? Because that’s something that the majority of vehicles today can't boast.

Underneath the V8 Vantage’s gorgeous exterior lies high-tech materials like magnesium and aluminum that keep the supercar’s weight down. The VH (Vertical Horizontal) aluminum architecture of the supercar ensures a near-perfect weight distribution (49/51). It also means you can corner like a god. Besides the powertrain, exterior design and handling prowess, the V8 Vantage feels special on the inside as well. The specific model in question has black leather seats with silver contrast stitching that still looks good nine years down the road. The interior is missing the gaudy navigation system, which sticks out like a sore thumb on models that have it. While $49,900 is a steal for the car, saving some money for repairs is a smart idea.

The vehicle has had six previous owners, only has 39,146 miles on it and has no reported accidents. In other words, it’s a great deal. But being hand-built and all has its downsides. It means that things go wrong more often and when things go to crap the fixes are expensive. But that shouldn’t shy someone away from buying this car. This supercar isn’t about all-out speed, but cruising and enjoying the ride. This car oozes cool, can be enjoyed every day and will make you feel like a millionaire. Save up your money, buy it and enjoy it, because nothing screams style like an Aston.

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