$51,300 - $52,500
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was arguably the company’s first truly “entry-level” offering. Built on the company’s aluminum-intensive VH platform, the 2006-2008 V8 Vantage was powered by a 380-hosepower 4.3-liter V8 loosely based on a Jaguar design, but featuring exotic dry-sump lubrication. A 420-hp 4.7-liter V8 came around for the 2009 model year, with a 430-hp V8 Vantage S variant arriving for 2012. Either the fixed-roof or the Volante convertible body styles can be had for around the price cap, even as a V8 S. Those on a stricter budget can find early Aston Martin Vantage models for right around $30,000.