I pull a white Aston Martin Vantage S roadster out of a Manhattan garage and the rumble of the V-8 reverberates, vibrant and animalistic, down the crowded street.
I get less than a block before a woman leans out of her SUV and asks, “Is it a six speed?” I tell her it is. She sighs expressively. “Good. A car like that should have a stick shift.”
Two more conversations ensue before I can escape to the highway. People like Aston Martins.
This year marks the brand’s 100th anniversary. It began life in 1913 as Bamford & Martin Ltd., and has endured a steady turnover of owners, including an oil company, Ford Motor Co. (F) and a group of Kuwait-based investors.
Left, Aston Martin's Vantage V-8 Is a Dream for Innocents.