Lot 378 - 1979 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India
|Odometer reading||95,000 miles|
|Estimate||£34,000 - £40,000|
|Result||Sold - £39,200|
Aston Martin's customers had been clamouring for an eight-cylinder car for years, so Aston Martin designed a larger two-door saloon for V8 applications. The engine was not ready, however, so in 1967 the company released the DBS with the straight-six Vantage engine from the DB6. Two years later, Tadek Marek's V8 was ready, and Aston released the DBS V8. With the demise of the straight-six Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, now restyled and called simply the Aston Martin V8, became the company's mainstream car for nearly two decades. It was retired in favour of the Virage in 1989. The 'Oscar India' specification was introduced in October 1978 at the Birmingham International Motor Show. Visually, the former scoop on the bonnet gave way to a closed 'power bulge', while a spoiler was integrated into the tail. Most Oscar India cars were equipped with a Chrysler 'Torqueflite' three-speed automatic transmission, with wood trim fitted for the first time since the DB2/4 of the 1950's. Just 352 Oscar India models were built from 1978 through to 1985. The power of the now de-smogged engines kept dropping on American market cars, down to a low of 245hp in the early 80's.
This Aston Martin V8 has been well maintained and restored during its 34 years on the road as proven by the full service history in the original service book up to 41,000 miles and then continuing with a full history and documented servicing from main and independent dealers. It has just had over £16,000 spent on it including new sills, jacking points, outriggers, 4 new Ronal wheels and tyres, all chrome work re-chromed to the highest standard, new Aston Martin bonnet badge, new rubber sills, replacement of coil springs, antiroll bar link bushes, new window motors, new radiator, electronic ignition updated, window chrome surrounds replaced, new windows rear and front including rubbers, new foam in arm rest and new door cards replaced, manifolds replaced, air pumps alt belt, new oil cooler, new Kenwood speakers and radio arial, new battery, rear and front suspension overhaul, overhaul of braking system and exhaust system and major bottom engine overhaul. In total, over £70,000 of receipted invoices for long term servicing and maintenance are supplied within the history file which also contains the V5C registration document and an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2014. A perfect opportunity to purchase a sensibly priced, well cared for Aston Martin Oscar India.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.