Lot 228 - 1974 Aston Martin V8 Series III
|£60,000 - £70,000
- Superb condition throughout
- Extensive history dating right back to 1979
- Includes bare-metal restoration and engine rebuild, original instruction book and parts catalogue
Completely handbuilt and requiring over 1,200 man-hours to finish, these motorcars are every bit the gentleman’s sporting tourer. Although the DBS was the pre-curser, it shared the same V8 engine until the six-cylinder engine option version was phased out in 1972. The V8 benefited from ventilated disc brakes, air conditioning and larger tyres. With a capacity of 5.3 litres, it was still powerful enough to propel it to over 150mph, heady even by today’s standards. The engine switched back from fuel injection to carburettors in 1973 with the advent of the Series III model, also distinguishable by the taller bonnet scoop to accommodate the four twin-choke (twin-barrel) Weber carburettors.
It should be noted that the history of this car is hugely comprehensive and thus has been divided up not only in chronological order but also with each decade allocated to its own ring binder. The most recent of which includes a current insurance valuation by Aston Martin Gurus, Byron International, of between £90,000-£100,000. The car was fitted with an RS Williams handling kit and Koni shock absorbers with spacers to improve the overall stance of the car. In 2022 Race Ltd, race & competition engineers, undertook a light service including a number of other elements detailed in the enclosed invoice and earlier that same year Race Ltd spent some time with this car on a rolling road, the accompanying horsepower and torque curves are impressive. Further back in January of 2022, as part of the vendors purchase routine, he asked the same company to go through the car from top to bottom including a full service, suspension and brake overhaul (with a reconditioned fuel pump) with a total cost of over £2,000.
In October 2021 a number of works were undertaken including the installation of a new electronic ignition system, carburettor upgrade and overhaul as well as a number of other general maintenance and mechanical upgrades to the tune of £3,740. Additional parts prior have been acquired from RS Williams throughout the previous years so the quality of parts can certainly be assured.
Working back, a new set of HT leads were acquired from RS Williams in 2019 as well as a distributer cap, a carburettor kit from Southern Carburettors and numerous spares for ongoing running and tuning. In the year up to 2007, various parts were acquired from RS Williams, Puddleduck Aston Martin and HWN for ongoing maintenance as well as a high-pressure cylinder leakage tests which required draining the cooling system, various hoses and fuel lines with the carburettors, timing chains and left-hand cylinder head removed, cleaned and refitted. 2006 saw the exhaust, differential assembly, propshaft and gearbox removed. All systems were overhauled with a new torque converter installed and the system was bled, cleaned and refitted. 1990 saw the removal by HWM of the exhaust system and rear axle assembly followed by the fitting of a reconditioned unit all costing just over £4,000. 1992 saw a Motorola alarm fitted.
In 1989, the engine and gearbox were removed, stripped and rebuilt. This included new bearings, pistons, chains, distributor and ancillaries. Also upgrading the front suspension and replacing the right-hand cylinder head in 1989 (after tests showed pressure leakage) and significant parts & labour amounted to just over £10,000. In 1986, the car underwent a full glass-out repaint back to bare metal costing just shy of £4,000, a significant amount in those days.
Right back from the sales invoice from HWM in January 1979, the invoices have almost always been from companies of note, primarily HWM of course but also various others. Complete with toolkit, air-conditioning, foglights, jack, original instruction book, advertising brochure and parts catalogue, this beautifully presented Aston Martin with history file like no-other, this stunning example should generate huge interest and quite rightly so. If any GT motorcar should occupy a collection then this is certainly one to consider.
Consigned by Edward Bridger-Stille
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