Lot 182 - 1972 Aston Martin Vantage
|Odometer reading||67,857 miles|
|Result||Sold - £76,000|
- One of just 70 built
- Family owned for over 40 years
All 70 of these fantastic cars were ‘Vantage-engined’ to the highest state of tune for this engine – ‘SVC’. They represent a special place in Aston Martin history as they were the last six-cylinder cars with a heritage stemming from the greatest era of the firm’s racing history and the last to be fitted with wire wheels. They also marked a return to the traditionally-shaped front that was first introduced in the DB3S in the early fifties, continued throughout the ‘DB’ series of 4, 5, and 6, and was later adopted for all Aston Martins from the current decade – the DB9, the Vanquish, the V8 Vantage, and the current DBS. The model benefitted from all the many improvements developed and implemented throughout the five years of DBS production, including many mechanical and cosmetic changes. Of most significance and like the last fifty examples of the DBS, the car used the same later ‘dog leg’ ZF five speed gearbox as used in the DBSV8. It is notable that though the V8-engined model with the same body style was introduced in 1970, demand for the six-cylinder AM Vantage continued through 1973 until the factory no longer offered the alternative. Though the V8-engined cars are very fine in their own right, this affection and appreciation for the six-cylinder cars has had a direct bearing on demand, and they now command a premium in the market up to fifty per cent higher than their V8 counterpart.
After Sir David Brown's departure in 1972, DBS production continued under new owners, Company Developments. The car was restyled with a two-headlamp front end but mechanically remained much as before, while for a brief period the six-cylinder engine continued to be offered alongside the new V8. The six-cylinder DBS was renamed 'Vantage', a term used to denote the high-performance engine option. All but two Vantages ('6067' and '6068') had the 'SVC' Vantage high-performance engine. Only 70 of these six-cylinder Vantages were produced between May 1972 and July 1973, making the model one of the rarer of post-war Aston Martins.
Presented in the original colour of Ascot Grey and upholstered in the original dark blue that came with the car in 1972, this Vantage was originally registered on the 23rd November and sold to Dovey Motors Company Ltd in Cardiff. This car has been owned by the Forshaw Family since the 1980s having purchased it from the first owner. It had a bare metal respray in 1999 and has covered less than 300 miles in the past 10 years, forming part of the family’s treasured collection. In 2012 a new high torque starter motor was fitted, alongside a head gasket and HT leads, then the front suspension was refurbished in 2013 with two new front hubs fitted also at the same time. A full history file, whilst in the Forshaw ownership, can be viewed, including original Aston Martin buff warranty booklet and a copy of the original build sheet. It is mechanically sound and described as running very nicely with no known issues. The interior is original and in good condition and the paintwork is also in good condition. Boasting a working 8 Track play with some available with the car and it comes with a new MoT test certificate valid until June 2023. This is a truly wonderful, original piece of Aston Martin history, in the same ownership for over 40 years.
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