Lot 155 - 1974 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
|Odometer reading||5,702 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £70,500|
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 7" 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 first registered on the 1st May, 1974, this car is rare in that it is fitted with a factory sunroof. It has undergone recent engine work including the rebuild of the carburettors by Aston specialists, Chicane Classics, who used to work for RS Williams. The engine compression was checked and reported to be good while the brakes were checked again, all good and the fuel tank was rebuilt with the complete removal of rust by Aston Martin specialists. Various MoT test certificates dating back to 1993 to the present day are included in the file along with a current item valid until the 23rd April, 2018.
Fitted with its original engine (V/540/1198), 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.