Lot 187 - 1978 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India
|Odometer reading||32,037 miles|
|Estimate||£110,000 - £125,000|
- Engine rebuilt 9,000 miles ago
- New sills fitted in 2010
- Paintwork refreshed in 2017
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. Also known as the Series IV, the revised specification included an integral rear spoiler or ‘Kamm tail’, a bonnet bulge and a more sumptuous interior with extensive use of Burr Walnut and additional leather. 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 16th November 1978, this early example was built within the first month of production. Benefitting from extensive investment in recent years, this V8 Oscar India presents in beautiful condition. In 2008 and some 9,000 miles ago the engine was completely overhauled by Aston Engineering whose skills are second to none. New liners and Cosworth pistons were fitted, gaining an extra 300cc for which we are advised the difference is quite noticeable. In 2010 the car was fitted with new sills, a well-known weak point, at the same time the jacking points and outriggers were examined and were found to be in good order. Some six years ago the Aegean Blue paint was refreshed and the dashboard together with the door cappings were re-veneered. The engine bay has also been stripped and re-stone chipped. The result of all of this work is an Aston Martin V8 Oscar India that must be one of the best examples available today. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a good history file, this well-loved example has been used sparingly but enthusiastically for continental tours and proved to be a highly enjoyable and rewarding drive.
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