Lot 167 - 1973 Aston Martin V8 Series III
|Odometer reading||102,980 miles|
|Estimate||£78,000 - £92,000|
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 19th October, 1973 and importantly is a manual gearbox example, one of just 258 made and in fabulous condition. Offered in Oxford blue with blue leather upholstery, this Aston Martin has had just three owners from new and the vendor decided to commission Trinity Engineering of Chobham, Surrey, in 2016 to fulfil a full shakedown on the glorious V8 engine. What started as a shakedown swiftly developed into a minor restoration resulting in a final bill just shy of £22,000. Invoices in the history file from Trinity show works including; to the engine, an updated viscous fan, refurbished radiator and a full engine service including synchronising the throttle butterflies and setting the throttle position. A new clutch master cylinder was also fitted, the differential assembly was removed, new drive shaft bearings fitted together with new wheel bearings and propeller shaft. The steering rack was replaced and the brake system completely overhauled. All electrics were checked for operation before a few minor cosmetic works were carried out and then returned to the vendor. in his words, driving like new.
Recent work to such a high standard makes this V8 a particularly attractive proposition and fitted with its original engine (V/540/1051), 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 power and style with which this Aston Martin travels along with.
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