Andy Reid
Andy Reid HalfDork
9/9/10 12:52 p.m.

Aston Martin. The name alone inspires images of intrigue, style and adventure. In fact, it’s easily one of the most mythic and desirable automobile brands in the world.

For decades, these stunning, hand-built sports and GT cars have epitomized the very best that money can buy. They exude high style while maintaining the ability to handle the occasional cinematic high-speed chase—sometimes wielding built-in machine guns, bulletproof shields and ejector seats. Actually owning one of these automotive icons is the ultimate fantasy of many enthusiasts.

Unfortunately, this dream may seem destined to stay just that: Driver-condition DB4s now cost around $200,000, while the DB5s of “Goldfinger” fame start at about $300,000. Don’t be too depressed, though; there is an old-school, hand-built Aston Martin with James Bond history and terrific performance out there that you can afford. Enter the Aston Martin AM V8.

All of these Aston V8s were meticulously crafted, and with ticket prices as low as $35,000, they represent one of the world’s greatest automotive bargains. Production ran from 1967 up through 1989 and ranged from standard performance saloons to the high-performance, 400-plus-horsepower Vantage Volante convertibles. There’s something for just about everyone.

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