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Aston Martin V8: Buying guide and review (1972-1989)

Aston Martin V8: Buying guide and review (1972-1989) Classic and Performance Car
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The early 1970s weren’t the best of times for Aston Martin. The David Brown era had ended when Sir David sold up in 1972, and new owners Company Holdings were, by their own admission, ‘not car people’. As if to confirm their lack of empathy, when the DBS V8 was relaunched under the new regime, it was to be known simply as the Aston Martin V8, the ‘DB’ part having been dropped ‘for marketing reasons’. Doh.
 
To be fair, boss William Willson and his team kept the factory open at a time when political and economic forces were conspiring against makers of expensive high-performance motor cars. But at the end of 1974 they were finally forced to throw in the towel, the company went into receivership and the factory closed. 
There was a real risk it wouldn’t reopen.
 
It took a consortium, led by American Peter Sprague, to rescue Aston Martin in 1975 and revive the marque’s fortunes, though production woudn’t restart until early 1976, and then only in tiny numbers. 
 
It’s fair to say the quality of these mid-70s Astons was, how to put this, patchy. When Motor tried an AM V8, its testers reported that the bolts retaining the 
final drive unit became detached, the transistorised ignition amplifier failed, 
as did the air-conditioning thermostat, swarf was found in a carburettor, and the clutch required attention. 
 
And yet the road testers raved about it! Because, despite everything, the AM V8 was the fastest, most accomplished high-performance luxury GT of its day – and 
in its various guises would remain in production for a remarkable two decades. 
As DBS V8 morphed into AM V8, the decision to ditch the tricky-to-service Bosch fuel injection for a quartet of twin-choke Weber carburettors certainly didn’t harm the performance: in fact Motor’s 0-60mph time of 5.7sec for a carb-fed AM V8 was almost half a second quicker than they’d achieved with the injected car, thanks to the new model’s keener initial pick-up and torquier delivery. Even if top speed was 5mph down at 155mph, it was still one of the world’s quickest GT cars.  
 
The Webers, they concluded, gave a ‘worthwhile improvement in low-speed running and tractability. When combined with the Aston’s very high cornering powers, this makes the V8 one of the most satisfying road cars we have driven for some time.’
 
Which one to buy?
 
The DBS V8 with its four headlights and Bosch injection ran from 1969 until it was replaced by the AM V8 with its two headlights and plainer grille in April 1972. There was a run of 288 fuel-injected AM V8s while engine stocks were used up (chassis numbers 501-789), but from July 1973 all had Weber carbs, these cars distinguished by a much bigger air-scoop on the bonnet. 
 
Just to muddy the waters, in 1972 Company Developments also introduced an ‘entry level’ version of the new Aston with the old 4-litre in-line six-cylinder engine. Ignoring decades of Aston tradition, they called this lower-powered model, which had wire wheels in place of the V8’s alloys, the ‘Vantage’. Doh.
 
But back to the V8s, and in 1978 came the ‘Oscar India’ (aviation code for OI or October Introduction) model: still carb-fed, so retaining the big bonnet-scoop, but with a host of detail improvements, subtle body changes including a neat, integrated tail-spoiler and, inside, a more sumptuous feel with lashings of glossy wood veneer on the dash and door cappings. 
 
The final version ran from 1985-1989 and featured Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection, these ‘EFi’s distinguished visually by their BBS wheels and virtually flat bonnets.
 
There were, of course, souped-up Vantage and rag-top Volante variations on the basic recipe, but the values of those have long since escaped into the stratosphere, so it’s the regular V8 coupé (or ‘saloon’ in Aston parlance) that we’re focusing on here.
 
Performance and specs
 
Engine V8, 5340cc 
Power c310bhp @ 5500rpm 
Torque c320lb ft @ 4000rpm 
Transmission Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive, LSD
0-60mph 5.7sec 
Top speed 155mph 
Fuel consumption 11.4mpg
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2611mm
Length 4648mm
Width 1829mm
Height 1328mm
Weight 1875kg
 
Common problems
 
• According to Nigel Woodward, manager of Heritage Operations at Works, it doesn’t matter which variant you’re looking at – DBS V8, early AM V8, post-1978 ‘Oscar India’, or the final run of Weber-Marelli injected cars – they’re all fundamentally the same underneath, which means that the biggest concern is corrosion.

• All the V8s had the same conventional steel box-section chassis with a steel superstructure clad in alloy panels. All of it was made and assembled by hand at Newport Pagnell, but while the skills of the craftsmen were never in doubt, rust prevention measures were very much of the time (i.e. fairly perfunctory by modern standards).

• Corrosion of the sills is the biggest single issue with V8s, and as with any Aston that’s not a small job to put right properly. Basically it involves cutting off the front and rear wing bottoms to gain access to the structure of the car, removing the sills, repairing the floors and making up new sill sections and putting them back in. And then of course you’ve got to fill, prepare and paint both sides of the car. It’s a major undertaking by anybody’s standards.

• In terms of build quality, there’s not much to choose between any of them, so newer is not necessarily better.

• Mechanically, they’re generally sound, but bear in mind that they can be up to 40 years old now. 

• The engine, aside from the switch from fuel injection to carburettors and then back to fuel injection, was essentially unchanged from the first DBS V8 to the final EFi. 

• It’s a wet-liner engine, and relies on O-ring seals at the bottom of the liners to seal them to the block. If the block becomes corroded, you end up with coolant and oil trying to mix together. There are telltale weep-holes at the base of each cylinder on the outside of the block, and if you get a telltale weep of oil or coolant it’s a sign that something’s amiss.

• The Bosch fuel injection system can be set up to work perfectly well. The main problem today is getting some of the components. Same with the electronic fuel injection; the electronic modules are no longer available, though they can be repaired, depending on what’s wrong with them. If you had a car that needed two new ECUs you’d be a little bit stuck. Overall, though, it’s a robust engine.

• And that goes for the drivetrain, too. The gearboxes were the same through all the generations, and both the ZF five-speed manual and three-speed TorqueFlite auto were already well-proven units and have proved generally issue-free. 

• The auto arguably suits the character of the V8 better, but it’s purely a matter of personal taste. Neither type of transmission commands a particular premium over the other. If you go for a manual, do make sure you have an exended test drive in traffic – the clutch is formidably heavy.

• The V8’s substantial kerbweight means suspension bushes wear quickly if the car is driven even moderately quickly – particularly those on the lower rear arms of the front wishbones where braking loads are transferred to the chassis. 

• The bushes can be upgraded to later items from the supercharged V8s, a modification that also makes the car more stable under braking.

• The brakes are generally considered marginal for fast road driving, and bigger discs with four-piston calipers are a worthwhile upgrade. 

• Some cars have also been fitted with Harvey Bailey handling kits. 
 
Owners clubs, forums and websites
 
• amoc.org
• astonmartins.com
• astonmartinworks.com
 
Summary and prices
 
Today, compared with the DB4, 5 and 6, the V8 still looks good value. But its stock is rising fast. Aston Martin Works recently sold an admittedly pristine DBS V8 for £175,000, and while the four-headlight car seems to attract a premium, the AM V8 isn’t too far behind, with the very best now commanding £150,000. It is, however, still possible to pick up a perfectly presentable and eminently useable example for £100,000-125,000. The key is finding a car that’s fundamentally sound and that won’t require major work.

Words: Peter Tomalin // Images: Matthew Howell
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Last updated: 25th May 2016
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  • 1980 Aston MArtin V8 Volante

    £199,000 £199,000

    V8 Volante Year 1980 Engine size 5300 Doors 2 Colour Royal Blue metallic Interior Magnolia piped blue with blue carpets and dark blue mohair hood Mileage 24500 Transmission Automatic Full service history print this Ref: 00525

    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 24500 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 Coupe

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    The V8 Vantage, affectionately named the 'baby Aston' is probably the most sports focussed Aston of the range, rather than the more common Grand Tourer models. Powered by a 4.3 litre V8 engine producing 380 bhp to give performance as good as its looks. This particular example is supplied with an impeccable service history and has been prepared by our award winning workshop to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 26/10/2006 - Aston Martin Welwyn @ 656 miles 10/08/2007 - Aston Martin Edinburgh @ 912 miles 17/09/2008 - Aston Martin Edinburgh @ 1481 miles 24/07/2009 - Aston Martin Leeds @ 7045 miles 25/02/2011 - Aston Martin Edinburgh @ 10804 miles 27/08/2012 - Aston Martin Edinburgh @ 20372 miles 06/09/2013 - Aston Martin Wilmslow @ 21572 miles 29/07/2014 - Aston Martin Works @ 28035 miles 28/07/2015 - Aston Martin Cambridge @ 36399 miles 29/07/2016 - Aston Martin Cambridge @ 41786 miles This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preparation standard. Obsidian Black Leather Xenon (HID) Headlights with Wash Heated Seats Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio System Powerfold

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 43300 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe 4.7 Litre |

    £56,450 £56,450

    Specification MAKE Aston Martin MODEL V8 Vantage Coupe 4.7 Litre COLOUR Tungsten Silver with Obsidian Black Leather YEAR 2013/62 MILEAGE 28600 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this exceptional Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Finished in Tungsten Silver with Black Hide. Supplied with our 12 month warranty. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Electric Windows, Garmin Satellite Navigation System, Electrically Adjustable Seats, i-Pod Connectivity, CD Player, Rear Parking Sensors, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Xenon Headlights, Auto Dimming Interior Mirror, Multi Function Leather Steering Wheel, Adjustable Steering Column, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Electronic Stability Programme, Clear Rear Lamps. OPTIONAL EXTRAS Bluetooth Telephone Connectivity, Black Brake Calipers, Cruise Control, Piano Black Facia, Front Parking Sensors, 19" V Spoke Silver Diamond Turned Alloys, Heated Front Seats, Aston Tracking System. TRANSMISSION 6 Speed Manual ENGINE CAPACITY 4735 STANDARD POWER (BHP) 420 EMISSIONS (CO 2 ) 321 PRICE £56,450 Interested in vehicle × INTERESTED IN VEHICLE Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe 4.7 Litre Submit Close Form Pri

    • Mileage: 56450 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £99,950 £99,950

    £99,950 YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 5478 TRANSMISSION: Manual POWER: 430 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7 V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Tungsten Silver ACCELERATION: 4.6s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 190 mph Standard Features •Alarm and immobiliser •AMi II Infotainment System •Anodised Brake Calipers •Automatic headlights •Automatic wipers •Auxiliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector •Black Anodised Centre Stack Rotaries, Hardware Pack & Airbag Ring •Black Grille, Meshes •Bluetooth® telephone preparation •Carbon Fibre Side Strakes, Roof, Mirror Caps And Arms •Cruise control •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Dynamic stability control (DSC) with Track Mode •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Emergency brake assist (EBA) •Full-grain leather interior •Heated rear screen •Herringbone Carbon Fibre Facia •HID projector headlamps (dipped beam) •LED rear lamps •Machined Carbon Black Or Carbon White Sill Plaques •Obsidian Black Leather, Welt And Steering Wheel With Accent Stitch •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Rear parking sensors •Remote-control central door locking and boot release •Satellite navigation system •Shadow Bronze Jewellery Pack •Traction Control (TC) •

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5478 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £56,950 £56,950

    Variant name:V8 ,Derivative:VH2 , This 2010 model year V8 Vantage has covered just 3,070 miles from new by its single owner. Presented in superb condition in all respects, as expected from the low mileage. Exterior specification includes the deep and glossy Onyx Black metallic paint with silver 19” 20-spoke alloy wheels, grey brake calipers and front stone guards. The interior is finished with Obsidian Black hides featuring contrasting Silver Stitching with a Taylors Grey headlining and Charcoal seatbelts. Additional specification of the model includes Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, i-Pod connectivity, HID headlamps, Auto dimming rear view mirror, powerfold mirrors and front and rear parking sensors. Maintained by Aston Martin main agents, inspected and approved by our own technicians, this superb example will be supplied to its new owner prepared and with 12 months MOT and 12 months warranty.

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 3070 mi
    • Engine size: 4.7
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

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    Engine Size 4.7l Mileage 3,070 miles Previous Owners N/A Bodystyle Coupe Seats 2 Transmission Sportshift Exterior Colour Onyx Black Interior Trim Obsidian Black This 2010 model year V8 Vantage has covered just 3,070 miles from new by its single owner. Presented in superb condition in all respects, as expected from the low mileage. Exterior specification includes the deep and glossy Onyx Black metallic paint with silver 19” 20-spoke alloy wheels, grey brake calipers and front stone guards. The interior is finished with Obsidian Black hides featuring contrasting Silver Stitching with a Taylors Grey headlining and Charcoal seatbelts. Additional specification of the model includes Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, i-Pod connectivity, HID headlamps, Auto dimming rear view mirror, powerfold mirrors and front and rear parking sensors. Maintained by Aston Martin main agents, inspected and approved by our own technicians, this superb example will be supplied to its new owner prepared and with 12 months MOT and 12 months warranty.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 3070 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Zagato

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    Engine Size 5.3l Mileage 4,200 miles Previous Owners 2 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 2 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Blue Sera Interior Trim Slate Grey Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Chassis:- 20045 Engine No:- V580/0045/X First registered:- March 1988 Mileage:- 4,200 / Kilometres:- 6,700 Owners:- 2 Exterior:- Blue Sera (special colour – only one) Interior:- Slate Grey with blue carpet and Alcantara The car we are offering, chassis No:-20045 was built to order for the first owner, a family member of the founder of German media group Axel Springer and was primarily driven on trips between Germany and the UK, prior to changing hands in 1990 with 4,500 kilometres recorded. Sold via Aston Martin’s London showrooms, to the second and last owner it has remained in a world-class collection until today. Maintained and cared for by the last owner’s resident technicians and used only on special occasions, this car remained his pride and joy, until his passing. One of the last built examples and 1 of only 21, original LHD cars built. The car has a total of 4,000 miles / 6,500 kilometres recorded and has just received a major service and preparation by Aston Martin Heritage agents, prior to bein

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 4200 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Zagato

    £13,500,000 £13,500,000

    Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Chassis:- 20045 Engine No:- V580/0045/X First registered:- March 1988 Mileage:- 4,200 / Kilometres:- 6,700 Owners:- 2 Exterior:- Blue Sera (special colour – only one) Interior:- Slate Grey with blue carpet and Alcantara The car we are offering, chassis No:-20045 was built to order for the first owner, a family member of the founder of German media group Axel Springer and was primarily driven on trips between Germany and the UK, prior to changing hands in 1990 with 4,500 kilometres recorded. Sold via Aston Martin’s London showrooms, to the second and last owner it has remained in a world-class collection until today. Maintained and cared for by the last owner’s resident technicians and used only on special occasions, this car remained his pride and joy, until his passing. One of the last built examples and 1 of only 21, original LHD cars built. The car has a total of 4,000 miles / 6,500 kilometres recorded and has just received a major service and preparation by Aston Martin Heritage agents, prior to being offered for sale. A comprehensive schedule of these works is supplied, complete with its original owners handbooks and service booklet, spare wheel, tool roll and jack. Within the history file are photographs taken in 1990, recording the last owner personally taking delivery from Victor Gauntlett, then Chairman and co-owner of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. The lowest mileage LHD car known, this model is one of Aston Martin’s greatest driving cars, created with performance and exclusivity in mind. Over the last 30 years the X-Pack engine Vantage Zagato, has gained legendary status and forms the basis of many Aston Martin collections worldwide, with a superb example having been displayed at the Villa D’Este Concour d ’elegance in 2016. This car is jointly marketed with Aston Martin of New England, MA, U.S.A. where it is available for viewing.

    • Year: 1988
    • Mileage: 4200 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
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  • Aston Martin V8

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    Engine Size 5.7l Mileage 65,000 miles Previous Owners 7 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Imperial Blue Interior Trim Natural Chassis No:- 10620 was built and delivered in November 1972 being finished in Imperial Blue with Magnolia VM846 hides. Fitted with automatic transmission and the newly standardised ‘Coolaire’ air conditioning. Driven for just over 60,000 miles before being retired, the car was placed in storage in the year 2000 before entering into a full restoration in 2014. Completed in 2017, with guidance from ourselves and using genuine Aston Martin parts, the restoration works have been carried out by skilled restorers to the most accurate and exacting standards, using the latest materials where possible to improve the performance and durability of the car without compromising its originality. The total restoration included the all alloy coachwork and steel chassis being stripped to bare metal and restored, the interior completely re-trimmed including new seat foams with new hides, carpets, headlining and finishes. The cars mechanical components including the engine, gearbox, rear axle, suspension and braking components and electrical compon

    • Year: 2000
    • Mileage: 65000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £47,950 £47,950

    £47,950 YEAR: 2010 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 37806 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sportshift ASM POWER: 420 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7l V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Quantum Silver ACCELERATION: 4.7s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 180 mph Standard Features • 19" alloy wheels • 6 CD autochanger •Alarm and immobiliser •Aston Martin 160 W audio system •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Electrically adjustable front seats •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Emergency brake assist (EBA) •Full leather interior •LED Rear Lamps •Powerfold exterior mirrors •Rear parking sensors •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS •Xenon (HID) headlamps including power wash Optional Extras Accessories You can add a personal touch to your new Aston Martin sports car with our range of stylish, beautifully crafted accessories. View Catalogue

    • Year: 2010
    • Mileage: 37806 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

    £95,000 £95,000

    £95,000 YEAR: 2017 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 64 TRANSMISSION: Manual POWER: 420 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7l V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Meteorite Silver ACCELERATION: 4.7s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 180 mph Standard Features •Alarm and immobiliser •AMi II Infotainment System •Automatic headlights •Automatic wipers •Auxiliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector •Bluetooth Telephone Preparation •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Emergency brake assist (EBA) •Full-grain leather interior •Heated rear screen •HID projector headlamps (dipped beam) •LED rear lamps •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Rear parking sensors •Remote-control central door locking and boot release •Traction Control (TC) •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring Optional Extras Accessories You can add a personal touch to your new Aston Martin sports car with our range of stylish, beautifully crafted accessories. View Catalogue

    • Year: 2017
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  • Aston Martin V8

    £13,000,000 £13,000,000

    Variant name:VANTAGE , Chassis No:- 10620 was built and delivered in November 1972 being finished in Imperial Blue with Magnolia VM846 hides. Fitted with automatic transmission and the newly standardised ‘Coolaire’ air conditioning. Driven for just over 60,000 miles before being retired, the car was placed in storage in the year 2000 before entering into a full restoration in 2014. Completed in 2017, with guidance from ourselves and using genuine Aston Martin parts, the restoration works have been carried out by skilled restorers to the most accurate and exacting standards, using the latest materials where possible to improve the performance and durability of the car without compromising its originality. The total restoration included the all alloy coachwork and steel chassis being stripped to bare metal and restored, the interior completely re-trimmed including new seat foams with new hides, carpets, headlining and finishes. The cars mechanical components including the engine, gearbox, rear axle, suspension and braking components and electrical components were removed, dismantled and rebuilt or replaced, wherever necessary. Additionally all brightwork was either re-chromed or polished and the entire car reassembled with new weather seals. Completed over a 3 year period, the end product is quite possibly the finest example of the model in existence. Resplendant in its original colours and completed to its as built configuration, there has been no expense spared in restoring the car to the highest standards. Supplied with it’s original build data records and a comprehensive restoration folio, containing multiple photographic records and narrative statements of the meticulous restoration just completed. Also included, is an owners instruction book, a BMIHT certificate of originality and earlier service history records prior to restoration.

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.7
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster

    £62,950 £62,950

    Variant name:S V8 ROADSTER ,Derivative:VH2 , Building upon the success of the V8 Vantage model, the V8 Vantage S, when launched in 2011, offered numerous improvements, positioning the car in the Aston Martin range between the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage. Performance of the V8 Vantage S model is significantly improved as a result of the uprated engine specification to 430bhp, an all-new lighter and faster 7-speed, close ratio Sportshift II gearbox and revised chassis and braking, race bred aerodynamics and sports exhaust fitted as standard. Cosmetically, the S model can be identified by the full width carbon fibre front splitter and large lower air intake, side sills, carbon fibre side strakes, distinctive V spoke wheels and dramatic carbon fibre rear diffuser. The superb example we are now delighted to offer is finished in Oynx Black with Obsidian Black hides with contrasting triple silver stitching and Piano Black fascia panel. Optional extra specification on this vehicle include alarm upgrade, premium audio, black brake calipers, silver Vantage S carpet and seat headrest logos, bright finish front grille, front parking sensors, auto dim rear view mirror, SatNav, Carbon fibre lightweight seats and graphite diamond turned wheels. Having covered just 20,500 miles and benefitting from a full Aston Martin main agent service history, this car is in superb condition throughout. Supplied with our usual high standards of preparation and with 12 months warranty.

    • Year: 2012
    • Mileage: 20600 mi
    • Engine size: 4.7
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster

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    Engine Size 4.7l Mileage 20,600 miles Previous Owners 1 Bodystyle Convertible Seats 2 Transmission Sportshift Exterior Colour Onyx Black Interior Trim Obsidian Black Building upon the success of the V8 Vantage model, the V8 Vantage S, when launched in 2011, offered numerous improvements, positioning the car in the Aston Martin range between the V8 Vantage and V12 Vantage. Performance of the V8 Vantage S model is significantly improved as a result of the uprated engine specification to 430bhp, an all-new lighter and faster 7-speed, close ratio Sportshift II gearbox and revised chassis and braking, race bred aerodynamics and sports exhaust fitted as standard. Cosmetically, the S model can be identified by the full width carbon fibre front splitter and large lower air intake, side sills, carbon fibre side strakes, distinctive V spoke wheels and dramatic carbon fibre rear diffuser. The superb example we are now delighted to offer is finished in Oynx Black with Obsidian Black hides with contrasting triple silver stitching and Piano Black fascia panel. Optional extra specification on this vehicle include alarm upgrade, premium audio, black brake calipers, silver Vantage S carpet and seat

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 20600 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Volante - POW

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    Engine Size 5.3l Mileage 22,700 miles Previous Owners 7 Bodystyle Convertible Seats 4 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Balmoral Green Interior Trim Magnolia Piped Green To the Aston Martin aficionado, the PoW specification V8 Volante needs little introduction. Between 1987 and 1989, 22 cars were manufactured by Aston Martin to a specification arrived at, when building a very special car for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, whose patronage extends to today. The chassis and mechanical specifications found in the X-Pack engined Vantage Volante, were disguised in a mildly modified Volante body shape allowing his highness to have the maximum in performance with the more discreet appearance of the standard Volante model. The embodiment of a Q car, fit for a King. Chassis 15762, the car we are delighted to offer, is 1 of the 22 cars built to PoW specifications and has covered just 22,700 miles from new. Appropriately finished in Balmoral Green this exceptional car has a complete service history and is accompanied with its original handbooks, tool roll and jack. Undoubtedly the most coveted of the V8 era cars, the PoW Volante cars represent a highlight from the coach built period

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 22700 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 EFI

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    Engine Size 5.3l Mileage 51,000 miles Previous Owners 5 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Warwick Blue Interior Trim Beige piped Blue A fantastic example of the last of the line, Series 5, fuel injection Aston Martin V8. Previously sold by Nicholas Mee & Company in 2006 and supplied with an excellent maintenance and history file. Please contact a member of our sales team for further information.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
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  • 1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE VOLANTE “7.0 LITER BIG BORE SPECIFICATION”

    $450,000(£359,505) $450,000(£359,505)

    --Mercedes Benz Midnight Blue with Magnolia leather interior piped Dark Blue, Blue Wilton Wool carpeting and Dark Blue Mohair convertible top, 42,000 miles from new, Less than 5,000 since complete cosmetic restoration, Only 500 miles on recent R.S. William 7.0 Liter/500+ HP engine upgrade, 5-speed manual transmission. This V8 Vantage Volante is 1 of a total of 58 imported to the USA and 1 of only 167 V8 Vantage Volantes produced in total. It has been has been extremely well known to Autosport Designs throughout the years and previously part of a private collection. The subject of a complete cosmetic restoration which included conversion to European bumpers, Bare metal repaint, Complete interior retrim, New Mohair convertible top, Boot retrim and the refurbishment of the Interior wood veneer. It has also received a suspension service and fitment of Harvey Bailer sport handling kit. More recently during 2016, this V8 Vantage was sent to well known Aston UK specialist R.S. Williams for an engine rebuild and conversion to proper and exacting carbureted V8 Vantage X-Pack Plus specification due to the big bore 7.0 liter conversion which produces over 500 HP with an equal amount of torque

    • Year: 1989
    • Mileage: 42000 mi
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  • 1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE COUPE

    $375,000(£299,587.50) $375,000(£299,587.50)

    --Royal Cherry with Fawn leather interior piped Burgundy with Tan Wilton Wool carpeting, 5-speed ZF manual transmission, 1 of only 11 Flip Tail Vantages imported to the USA. This V8 Vantage has been well known to Autosport Designs, Inc. having been sold and serviced by us for many years. In April 2005 and during one of its yearly service appointments with Autosport Designs, it received an engine rebuilt-conversion to big bore 6.1 liter specifications with parts supplied by well-known UK Aston specialists Aston Engineering. It is quite potent with approximately 500 HP and just as much torque! This V8 Vantage has always been maintained, service, restored when and where needed with the best intentions to keep it in excellent condition throughout. It been in a exceptional private collection for many years and superb in every way. The V8 Vantage Flip Tail started the new era of the Aston supercar and for a period of time was acclaimed the world’s fastest motorcar. Extremely rare, it represents not only a wonderful piece of Aston Martins hand manufactured history-production from Newport Pagnell, but also an excellent investment potential.

    • Year: 1978
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • 1976 ASTON MARTIN V8 COUPE

    $105,000(£83,884.50) $105,000(£83,884.50)

    --Raven Black with Beige leather interior and Beige Wilton Wool carpeting, 50,000 miles from new, Restored in the 1990’s, Automatic transmission. This V8 Coupe has been well-known by Autosport Designs, Inc. having been sold, serviced and having much restoration work performed by us. Sold to North Carolina collector ownership in 2004, this V8 was immediately treated to everything to bring it to as new or better condition throughout. Its owner at the time, Mr. T. Hantjis spent and enormous amount of money to restore this V8 Coupe for concours use. Everything from the lug nuts, undercarriage servicing and detailing, engine servicing and engine bay detailing, paint, chrome, front and rear valances, complete interior (Leather, Carpets, Headliner), complete boot compartment had been refurbished. Even the factory jack has been restored and the tool kit has been detailed! Thus, this V8 in restored condition became one of the finest early V8’s anywhere. In total, well over $100,000.00 was spent on this V8 to bring it to better than new condition. This V8 then went on to win the North Carolina "Red Bird" award which is equivalent to an AACA national first place, it was that good! Sold by Aut

    • Year: 1976
    • Mileage: 50000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Volante Series II Fuel Injectiom

    £300,000 £300,000

    Chassis Number: SCFCV81C3KTR15823 Engine Number: V/585/5823 UK Registration Number: G 498 TYT Date of first reg: 18th September 1989 Exterior colour: Dark Green Hood: Black Interior colour: Magnolia Current Odometer reading: 26,960 Mileage Warranty: Steering: Right Transmission: Manual Options: Head Rests, Auxiliary Driving Lamps, Front Fog Lamps Background Background: Announced on 21st June 1978 the V8 Volante was built to satisfy the persistent demands for new open four seater cars. Ably demonstrated by the escalation in prices of used Aston Martin drop-head coupés, particularly in the United States. Its specification follows the contemporary V8 saloon series IV (Oscar India) announced four months later, sharing revised rear body lines, bonnet (the carburettor bulge with dummy air scope now closed at front), burr walnut dash board and door cappings. The convertible hood is fully lined and power operated. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made its first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The first V8 Volante was road tested by Motor Magazine on the 3

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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 Roadster Sportshift

    £46,900 £46,900

    This is a fantastic example of an iconic British built supercar in excellent condition and benefitting from a huge list of optional extras covering virtually every option available from Aston Martin over and above the already ample standard features. Powered by a 4.3 litre V8 engine producing 380 bhp to give performance as good as its looks. Supplied with an impeccable service history and has been prepared by our award winning workshop to the very highest standards. The service history is as follows: 01/07/2009 - Grange Aston Martin @ 2415 miles 08/03/2010 - Grange Aston Martin @ 4366 miles 09/03/2011 - Grange Aston Martin @ 7305 miles 03/04/2012 - Grange Aston Martin @ 11264 miles 13/03/2013 - Grange Aston Martin @ 13384 miles 17/03/2014 - Grange Aston Martin @ 17781 miles 23/03/2015 - Grange Aston Martin @ 21082 miles 24/05/2016 - Grange Aston Martin @ 24117 miles This vehicle is also supplied with 12 months MOT. All of our cars also have a pre-sale 111 point check to ensure they meet our very high preperation standard. Obsidian Black Leather with Red Stitching Sat Nav Electric Memory Seats Heated Seats Bluetooth Phone Prep Xenon Lights with Wash Cruise Control Multifunction Stee

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 27360 mi
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  • 1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 COUPE

    $129,500(£103,457.55) $129,500(£103,457.55)

    --Kentucky Blue Met. with Fawn leather interior and Beige carpeting, 66,000 original miles, Automatic transmission, Rare factory Sunroof, The-owners from new. This V8 Coupe was originally delivered to Denver, Colorado and sold through Aston Martin/Ferrari of Denver when new and has lived in collector ownership since. Its first owner was seeking to purchase a 308 Ferrari when the Aston in the same showroom Aston caught his eye. He enjoyed the V8 for ten years before trading it to Royal Carriage Works, well-known in the Denver area in the era for independent service, restoration and sales of fine European motorcars. It was subsequently purchased from Royal Carriage Works in 1988 by Mr. Robert Andersen, a local prominent Denver attorney. Mr. Robert Andersen kept the V8 Coupe in his possession for the next twenty-three years and until the fall of 2011 when it was sold to its most recent owner, also a resident of the Denver metropolitan area. In its most recent ownership and with the last couple of years, this V8 has received over $50,000 worth of servicing and restoration to ensure its being kept in its current excellent condition , cosmetically, mechanically and structurally. It is co

    • Year: 1978
    • Mileage: 66000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 EFI

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    Engine Size 5.3l Mileage 80,000 miles Previous Owners 8 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Warwick Blue Interior Trim Magnolia An exceptional example of the ultimate series, Aston Martin V8 Coupe. Built between 1986 and 1989, the Series 5 V8s were equipped with electronic sequential fuel injection, in preference to carburettors, delivering a smoother and more fuel efficient power package rated at 310bhp. Production ceased and after just 59 coupes had been built and the new 1990 Virage model was introduced. This car, one of the 59 produced is now ready to be enjoyed on any tour or event. Supplied new in 1988 via Aston Martin Sales in Knightsbridge, this superb late model V8 EFI, is accompanied with comprehensive history file which includes factory build records, the original warranty card, MOT certificates and handbook and servicing records with Aston Martin and recognised specialists. Available for viewing at our West London showrooms now, the car is supplied freshly serviced with a 12 month warranty and MOT.

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 80000 mi
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  • 175 - 1976 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible By Mulliner Park Ward

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    The origins of the Corniche came from the continuation of the 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow coupé and 1967 drophead, constructed by the famed coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward in London. The car was named after the stunning roads along the Côte d'Azur in France and was an elegant two door car available with either a coupé or convertible body. By 1982, the coupé had ceased production but convertibles continued to be built until 1996. The first Rolls-Royce to wear the Corniche name was a 1939 prototype based on the Bentley Mk. V, although this was never produced due to the onset of World War II. The car used the standard Rolls-Royce V8 engine as fitted to the Silver Shadow and had an aluminium-silicon alloy block and aluminium cylinder heads with cast iron wet cylinder liners. The fuel system was in the form of twin SU carburettors which were later replaced with Bosch fuel injection from 1980 onwards. This delightful Corniche Convertible by Mulliner Park Ward is presented in Ivory with a brown hood and matching chestnut leather interior. The current and fourth owner purchased this vehicle from the deceased estate of a good friend who had owned and cherished the vehicle for some 13 yea

    • Year: 2017
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  • 227 - 1979 Jaguar XJS-S Convertible by Banham

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    That Jaguar's XJS has become a 'bona fide' classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, its twenty one year production life was a testimony to the excellence of its basic design. Its excellent ride and handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The car was re-engineered in 1991 with the rear side windows enlarged and a new four litre engine. The rear section benefitted from the new 'facelift' rear lights with the front as before, a series 1½ if you will. Banham Conversions (Banmoco) was a maker of kit cars from the late 1970s until 2004. The company was founded by Paul Banham who started off building convertible conversions on commission. He made convertible versions of the Ferrari 400, Aston Martin DBS and V8, and the Rolls-Royce Corniche. By the 1980s, he was marketing a kit to rebody the Jaguar XJS. He also offered convertible conversions for the XJS and Jaguar XJ6. The company was eventually sold in 2004 to Rally Sport Replicas Ltd. who sought to create new chassis for the designs but they ceased trading in mid-2005. This extremely rare Paul Banham XJS-S, 3.6 litre automatic convertible has photographic build history from the original owner who commis

    • Year: 2017
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  • 113 - 1976 Triumph Stag

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    Launched in 1970, the Triumph Stag was a luxury grand tourer. Envisioned as a luxury sports car, it was designed to compete directly with the Mercedes-Benz SL class models. All Stags were four-seater convertible coupés but, for structural rigidity and to meet new American rollover standards at the time, the Stag required a B-pillar 'roll bar' hoop connected to the windscreen frame by a T-bar. A removable hardtop was a popular factory option for the early Triumph Stags and was later supplied as standard equipment. A new 2.5 litre, V8, designed and developed by Triumph's Harry Webster, was later enlarged to 2997cc. Most Stags were fitted with a Borg Warner automatic gearbox although manual gearboxes with overdrive are available. Electric windows, power steering and power-assisted brakes were fitted as standard. Originally registered on 18 th August 1976, this Triumph Stag presents in excellent order having benefitted from significant investment over the years. The bodywork has been taken care of with new front wings fitted and the usual weak points either repaired or replaced. The red paintwork is finished to a very good standard, as is the black interior. Mechanically OYF 654R is ex

    • Year: 2017
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