Lot 307 - 1977 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
|Odometer reading||74,371 miles|
|Estimate||£70,000 - £90,000|
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 delivered on 1st January 1977 via Aston Martin Sales of Sloane Street with the first owner being John Warnock (Montrose) Ltd. of Charleton Road, Montrose on the east coast of Scotland. Supplied with the car is a Heritage Certificate, a copy of the 'Car Record Card' and a valid MoT test certificate valid until 1st December 2016. Fitted with its original engine (V/540/1568) and finished in Suffolk red with a contrasting Parchment hide interior with a contrasting black dashboard, this Aston Martin epitomises everything about a British built grand tourer of the seventies. With 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 drive. With only 2,360 hand built cars manufactured, the Aston Martin V8 is fast becoming a desirable collector's motor car. Please note the V5 has been applied for and will be forwarded to the purchaser upon receipt.
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