It gets worse when you take a look at the Aston's options list. Inclusions aren't limited to the usual array of customisation options, but feature equipment that's usually standard on a car half the price: cruise control, Bluetooth, heated seats and, incredibly, a wind deflector are all bits you'll need to dig deep for.
Given the huge scope for buyer making their Aston 'their own', and the prevalence of kit that ought to be standard, that eye-watering list price could easily spill into six figures if you are tempted by the options list.
Yet to look at, to be seen in and to drive, we can understand that for some the justification will be easy.
The Vantage produces a hefty 296g/km of CO2 and, in our experience, averages just 17.5mpg, but it will hold its value like nothing else in this class. That's partly thanks to rarity but also because Astons will always be a rarer sight than most of its rivals, especially the Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911 Cabriolet and Audi R8 Spyder.