Lot 152 - 1973 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
|Odometer reading||73,500 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £52,640|
The six cylinder William Towns styled DBS had been around for a couple of years anxiously awaiting the V8 engine that had been especially designed for it. In early 1970, the DBS V8 was finally ready to become one of the fastest cars available at the time. The 5.3 litre Tadek Marek designed engine was able to develop around 320bhp which gave the ability to reach 160mph; all this with space for four people. Demand for the car was great with production reaching 402 examples within just two years. From April 1972, the DBS V8 received a mild 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.
This Aston Martin V8 was built on 20th October 1972 and despatched on 2nd February, 1973 to A & B Cars Ltd, in Newton-Le-Willows, Lancashire and was first registered on 25th October, 1972. The heritage trust certificate confirms the car was finished in Imperial Blue with natural trim interior and fitted with an automatic gearbox with fuel injection. This is one of only 288 injection cars built and offered superior straight line performance over the later carburettor cars in which a total of 967 carburettor cars rolled off the production line. The certificate also confirms the registration number TTF 883L was issued in Lancashire; we therefore believe it retains its original registration number.
The car has been with the current long term owner since 1st April, 1998 and he has confirmed the car was the subject of a category C insurance claim on 9th December 2000 caused by a very slow speed impact to the front nearside wing while he was at the wheel. Repairs were carried out by Aston Martin specialists Puddleduck Parts in Warwickshire and the car has been used regularly since. Prior to auction, for complete peace of mind, the car was inspected by Autolign Inspections, the only company in the UK recognised by HPI as the vehicle inspection company for re-classification of category C and D vehicles. The car was given a clean bill of health with the category C status being removed from the HPI report with a certificate confirming this. Also included in the history file is an MoT test certificate valid until 16th July, 2017 and a workshop manual and parts catalogue.
Throughout the current owners tenure, the car has undergone a re-trim, fitment of new sills, a stainless steel exhaust, new front and rear suspension, reconditioned gearbox, re-spray, new under bonnet heat and soundproofing as well as a complete brake overhaul including two reconditioned brake servos and a master cylinder repair kit. The owner informs us the car runs well on the Bosch fuel injection system which was set up by Aston Martin guru, Andy Chapman.
Fitted with its original engine (V/540/464), 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 alacrity with which this Aston Martin travels along with.
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.