Lot 186 - 1977 Aston Martin V8 Series III
|Odometer reading||109,073 miles|
|Estimate||£46,000 - £54,000|
|Result||Sold - £51,520|
The Aston Martin V8 engine had begun 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. Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the four litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5340cc, quad camshaft engine, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in less than 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and an impressive 145mph flat-out.
Originally registered on 1st January 1977 this Aston Martin presents in good condition. A comprehensive history file accompanies PYN 177R showing the car has been well maintained throughout its 43 years on the road. The engine was rebuilt in December 1987 with the mileage at the time being 81,807. Finished in red with beige leather interior this example sounds as good as it looks. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 26th August 2021, this delightfully handsome Aston Martin offers exceptional value.
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