Or do you have a budget in mind and have a mental picture of exactly what you want? Are you lurking ready to pounce on that dream once in a lifetime buy?
Well you might just be a bit like me. As I do all three. Now I think I have always known what an Aston Martin is. Sean Connery sorted that for me before I was even born. I don't know how old I was when I first watched Goldfinger, but I don't think I have ever been the same since. That Silver Birch DB5 just had everything you could ever want in a car. Beauty, Speed & Gadgets... But, like all Aston Martin cars it had phenomenal presence.
Now I would buy a lot of cars if my numbers ever do
come up. Not all would be Aston's but these posts will be mostly about Aston's for sale that have caught my eye. They will have to stand out from the crowd of course. So if you see something special during you prowling of the classifieds please let me know on here and I will see if it is worthy of mention.
Now I can remember when I first decided I was going to buy an Aston. I was delivering the papers to a
rather large house on the edge of town. This house was at the very end of my long list and so it was always relief to drop that last paper. Especially as it had a deep gravel driveway that prevented me from riding down it on my bike. But one day the drive way haul was different. I looked up to see something that really did make me stop in my tracks. A V8 Vantage Oscar India. I must have spent 20 minutes just looking at it. The wheels and tyres just seemed impossibly large. My dad was driving a Mini Van at the time with 10 inch wheels.
My world had changed once more. I was now saving up for an Aston. I was 13 years old and lived on the local Council estate. I had no idea how I was going to pay for it. But I was going to pay for it. I just hadn't worked out how.
12 years later I was serving in the military, I had recently met my future wife whilst serving in Northern Ireland before being posted to Germany. I had agreed to meet her in London when coming home on leave to spend the weekend seeing the sites before heading home to the North. The lady in question knew London after working there long before meeting me. She took me to Bayswater Road to see the artists selling their wares along the road. I saw a DB7 for the first time and she watched me quite literally fawn over this beautiful car. I swore it was the most beautiful thing on 4 wheels. Thinking about it now she must have thought me quite strange at the time. Now whilst my tastes have changed many times over the years I still love all Astons since the DB4. Feltham cars are not really my thing.
Fast forward 21 years and a long time after leaving the regulars I was really started to look at the Gen 1 Vanquish and thought I might just be able to afford one if I caught them at the bottom of the depreciation curve. I was now a classifieds lurker in earnest. I went to see a few of the cheaper cars and walked away almost immediately each time. They either didn't appeal to me in the flesh, had patchy history or looked rough once you started to look underneath. Then it just happened I saw one, it was the one, I already knew. It was near to my works so I snuck out one day and took a very quick look.
Saturday came and before I knew it I had the wife in the E Type 2+2 and we were headed over there to try and do a deal. I was sorry to see the E Type go, but I could not afford both and had nowhere to store two. Two weeks later I was a 13 year old all over again. I don't think I have ever ben so nervous as I was driving that car home. We took a scenic route and had an afternoon meal out. Staring out the window of the pub just looking at the car. Several hours later I was confronted with a car did not fit through the garage door unless I folded the mirrors. All my enthusiasm had evaporated. The fear I felt driving that car into its new home was very real. I now a method, fold mirrors, wind down the window, lean out and drive straight forwards and follow the line on the floor. Do not look at anything, just drive straight.
So now I find myself beginning the lurking all over again. So if something takes my fancy I will drop the seller a line and find out what I can about the car and do a feature here on the website. If you like, or don't like the car tell me all the reasons why.
I've spotted a beautiful looking Vantage GT8 at McGurk in Metallic blue Gulf colours. It might just be the first feature. Or do you have a better car in mind?