Lot 278 - 1973 Aston Martin V8 Series II
|Odometer reading||94,500 miles|
|Estimate||£69,000 - £82,000|
|Result||Sold - £67,200|
The six cylinder styled DBS had been around for a couple of years awaiting a 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 engine was able to develop 320bhp which gave it the ability to reach 160mph. From April 1972, the DBS V8 received a 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" headlamps and a black mesh grill, the design was the work of the original designer, William Towns.
This handsome example is presented in Oxford Blue with magnolia leather. It was built on the 5th February 1973 and as such is a fuel injected example. This car has recently been subject to a mechanical overhaul and an extensive bodywork restoration, with a repaint in its original colour. This V8 is fitted with a stainless steel exhaust system for a fabulous sound and riding on freshly refurbished GKN wheels with factory fitted air conditioning, although the later has been reconditioned is not currently connected. The re-trimmed interior has been complemented with new carpets and as such this car is certainly striking from all angles. An invoice included in the history file states that an unleaded conversion and 580 valve upgrade took place. The mechanics have been inspected by Seven Classics and a brake overhaul was also carried out. It is believed the engine was overhauled 3,000 miles ago and has been set up, ready to enjoy.
Supplied with a V5C registration document, current MoT test certificate valid until February 2019, workshop manual and assorted invoices. The current vendor has taken strides to ensure this V8 is both mechanically and aesthetically appealing. As such we think this example represents a very desirable car.
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