A Vantage observation

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  1. Ricambi America

    Ricambi America F1 World Champ
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    Maybe those of you with a Vantage can offer some insight:


    * I don't get it *


    There, I said it. I drove my 348 for 7 years here in Winston Salem, and only a small handful of times did anybody approach me to ask a question about the car, whether at the gas station, grocery store, coffee shop or whatever. I loved that nobody bothered me for driving a slightly exotic car around this little town. It was rare to be asked anything about the marque, vintage, experience, etc.

    Now, since November with my Vantage V8, I have been approached dozens of times by folks asking all sorts of questions. Grocery store, gas station, dry cleaners, bagel shop... just about anytime I get out of the car, somebody walks up to ask about it. No joke -- it is almost constant. It does leave me confused. Did folks perceive a Ferrari owner (nero car, loud, etc) to be generally unapproachable? Why on earth does a TdF blue (best description I can come up with) Vantage garner so much interest?


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  2. zxttfan

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    Maybe they thought the 348 was a Fiero replicar...
     
  3. sherrillt

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    It's an Aston...
     
  4. raptorduck

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    I used to have a 348 and just posted on another thread about somebody who thought that about my 348. Doh!
     
  5. raptorduck

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    My Vantage gets more attention than all the other cars in my stable (including my Ferrari) except my R8. I think it is because it's beauty appeals equally to both sexes and because it is actually more rare than a Ferrari so has more "wow what's dat!" reactions.

    Heck, every time I walk by it or up to it I go "wow" and I own the damn thing!
     
  6. Zack

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    It is a different kind of beauty because of the difference in the design language. The low, wide stance, strakes, soaring b-pillar, and sharp crease in the front lip of the 348 give it a more aggressive look. So, it's eye-catching, but sleek not inviting. The Vantage has rounded corners and is like a smooth, polished pebble at a spa--it has a soothing appearance, and is very inviting and non-threatening. People respond to these subconscious cues by feeling comfortable enough to approach and start a conversation in the case of the Vantage, or by just watching from a distance in the case of the 348. Both are eye-catching, but the Vantage is inviting, the 348 is not.
     
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  8. David Lind

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    My "list" contains a blue V8 Vantage ... how about some pics?
     
  9. Ricambi America

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  10. Zack

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    Beautiful car.
     
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  12. Ricambi America

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    mmmm. Clear rear lamps!
     
  13. raptorduck

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    Cuz it has an N400 package.
     
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    Looks great. The only thing I would add to the Vantage V8, if I could get one, would be a front splitter like this one, which I think adds an aggressive edge to the nose of the car.
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  17. David Lind

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    Nice! More, please!
     
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  19. pamparius

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    in my opinion the vantage is much more beautiful than the 348.
     
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    defiantly the next car for me!
     
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  23. Ricambi America

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    #21 Ricambi America, Apr 10, 2012
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    You're making me feel bad. I rode my Vietnamese el-cheapo/mucho eco-friendly scooter today.
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    #23 Ricambi America, Apr 10, 2012
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    I'm not sure what the color is technically named -- it looks black in the evening, deep blue in some lighting conditions, and a bit cobalt in other conditions. (Compare it to that blue Prius thing next to it in the photo)

    The picture here with my son was taken on an overcast day when he first saw it at our office.
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    eco-friendly b/c it doesn't work and you have to Flintstones your way around town? :)
     
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