Lot 294 - 1973 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
|Odometer reading||9,568 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £48,000|
|Result||Sold - £58,240|
The Aston Martin V8 engine began development in the mid-sixties when it was first used in a Lola Sports racing car with a view to replacing the six-cylinder unit which had been in production since the DB4 in 1958. Aston Martin had converted a DB5 with an early V8 engine which was used for many thousands of development miles by the factory to create a usable and powerful eight-cylinder engine for use in the new DBS model that was due for production in 1968. Unfortunately the engine wasn't ready in time for the launch of the DBS and it went on sale fitted with the six-cylinder engine used in the DB4/5/6. In 1971, the DBS V8 was launched, fitted with the long awaited Tadek Marek designed V8, an engine which powered all Aston Martin models until the launch of the DB7 in the early nineties.
The DBS V8 was replaced by the V8 Series III and was unveiled to the press in London in August 1973. The shape of the new V8 was similar to the previous model but featured revised front end styling and one of the major differences was the replacement of the Bosch fuel injection system with Weber carburettors. A number of improvements were made to various other aspects of the car including improved cooling for the automatic transmission, oil and water. Two optional rear axle ratios were offered and the front seats were redesigned offering greater comfort to driver and passenger.
This Aston Martin V8 was originally registered on 9th November 1973 to A.R. Morrice Ltd. of Station Parade, Harrogate and remained registered to the company until 14th November, 1984 where upon it passed to Mrs. Barbara Wilkinson of Grainbeck Lane, Harrogate. The Aston remained in her tenure for over 22 years before passing onto Mr. Anthony Morrice on 18th May, 2006. We note that this is the same name of the original company that purchased the car new and his address is identical to the previous owner, Mrs. Wilkinson. From this we can assume the car remained in the same family or close friends for some 33 years. Later in November 2006, the car was purchased by its next keeper.
It was the subject of a category C insurance claim in July 2006 and was subsequently repaired in 2007. Following the repairs the car was inspected by VOSA in August 2007 and given a clean bill of health, although the damage is recorded on the V5C registration document. After coming out of a recent three year hibernation period, some light re-commissioning work has been carried out and it passed an MoT test on 3rd May 2016. For complete peace of mind, another engineer's report was carried out on 7th May 2016 by Autolign Inspections at their Redhill, Surrey site and given a further clean bill of health.
The file contains the rare and hard to find copy of the original purchase invoice from Arnold G. Wilson of Regent Street, Leeds. The invoice confirms the colour of Cambridge Blue with blue interior and details extras including a driver's door mirror, delivery charges and fitting of number plates; the car still retains its original registration number SUB 600M, all for the princely sum of £9,679. Further correspondence include the original certificate of motor insurance, original Radiomobile booklet, three old MoT test certificates as well as MoT test history dating back to 2006, a current item valid until May 2017 and a copy of the original build sheets, an Aston Martin Heritage Trust certificate and the original Service Booklet with supplying dealer stamp of Arnold G. Wilson and hand written A.R. Morrice Ltd.
Fitted with its original engine (V/540/1050) and finished in Cambridge Blue with matching blue leather trim, this Aston Martin epitomises everything about a British built grand tourer of the seventies. The gorgeous sound of the long-legged V8 engine, the armchair-like seats and the tactile switchgear, all contribute to the effortless way in which this Aston Martin travels along with alacrity. Given the low ownership and condition of this handsome Aston Martin, the realistic estimate appears very attractive.