Lot 197 - 1973 Aston Martin Vantage

Lot 197 - 1973 Aston Martin Vantage

Lot 197 - 1973 Aston Martin Vantage

Lot Number 197
Registration TGC 398L
Chassis Number AM6044RA
Engine Number 400/4949/SVC
Odometer reading 96,842 miles
Result Sold - £80,000
  • A ‘nut & bolt’ restored example
  • One of just 70 built
  • Family owned since 1997
  • Manual gearbox

The arrival of the DBS signified a real revolution at Aston Martin in the late 1960s. British stylist William Towns, a then junior Aston Martin interior designer, penned a thoroughly modern GT design that has been celebrated ever since as one of the most elegant yet muscular shapes to emerge from the golden age of Sports GT motoring. The single-headlamp version of William Towns design was launched in 1972 and named ‘Vantage’ and retained the well proven, six-cylinder 3995cc Tadek Marek engine. With only 70 examples built, it is now one of the rarest post-war Aston Martin models and the purest of the ‘single-headlamp’ Towns design that was to pilot Aston Martin through to the end of the 1980s.

This truly stunning example of the rare Aston Martin Vantage is presented in its original colour blue coachwork with contrasting blood red leather trim, all in lovely order. First registered on the 27th April 1973, this matching numbers example boasts the rare and desirable five-speed manual gearbox. Owned in the extended family since 1997, this car has had significant investment in a full nut and bolt restoration. The engine block initially benefited from Aston Martin works treatment before the rest of the car was completely deconstructed and then painstakingly restored and reassembled to create a truly wonderful and collectable example that would have cost far in excess of our estimates to complete. Part of a small family collection, our owner professes to not have the time to use the car enough, although he has always kept it in impeccable order. Having only covered four thousand miles since restoration, it would now be deserving of a new home at a fraction of the restoration costs.

When you consider the scarcity of the early Vantage’s, the excellent condition of this car, the specialist engineering work invested and the even rarer (and highly desirable) specification of this particular car, then this certainly is a collector’s item of some stature and deserving of close attention.

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