Lot 389 - 1973 Aston Martin V8 Series II Coupé
|Odometer reading||61,000 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,600|
The six cylinder William Towns styled DBS had been around for a couple of years, but customers were anxiously awaiting the new V8 engine. Raced in 1967 in a Lola, the 5.1 V8 needed three years of development to turn it into a powerful and reliable road engine of 5.3 litres. It was in April 1970 that the DBS V8 was finally made available, immediately making it one of the fastest cars in the world. With space for four people in luxury, it was a true Grand Tourer. From April 1972, the DBS V8 received a restyle and a new name. The 'DB' was dropped as David Brown had sold the company and the car became known simply as the 'Aston Martin V8'. The most visible change was the adoption of two seven inch quartz iodine headlamps and black mesh grill, the design of which was the work of the original designer, William Towns, to bring back the familiar shape of the DB3S and DB Mk. III. In August 1973, a new Aston Martin V8 was unveiled. The V8 became known as the AM V8. Visual differences included twin quartz headlights and a mesh grill, a front design which was to last until the end of production in 1989 and used a similar engine to the DBS V8 with just 288 Series II cars built.
Maintained in completely original condition throughout its entire life, this extremely well presented Series II car has had just one owner from new who has recorded only 61,000 miles since collecting it from the factory. The clutch has recently been replaced and a full history accompanies the car. Reassuringly, both sills have also been replaced as is the way with these V8 Aston Martins. Supplied in a classic 1970's colour scheme of Cairgorn brown with a contrasting off-white interior, this extremely collectable example also comes complete with a British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate.
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.