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

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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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  • Aston Martin V8 Coupe - Sports Shift II

    £64,950 £64,950

    The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was introduced to compete head to head with the Porsche 911. It was the second car to be built at Aston Martins purpose built Gaydon facility. This iconic car used the same technology as its “Big Brother” the DB9 and was built around an aluminum riveted and bonded VH (vertical-horizontal tub). This front/mid engine two-seat sports car was fitted with a 4.7 litre V8 engine producing an impressive 420 bhp giving a 0-62 mph time of just 4.7 secs. This engine coupled with a “Sportshift II” seven-speed gearbox offers a perfect balance between performance and economy. As with all hand built Aston Martins only the finest materials are used including it sumptuous interior which is trimmed in Vogel hide. Hofmann’s are pleased to be able to offer this as new 2013 “13” plate Aston Martin V8 Coupe Sportshift II, finished in Tungsten Silver with Obsidian Black Leather interior with Silver stitching. Having covered just 4434 miles this two owner example boasts a full Aston Martin service hsitory most recently carried out at Lancaster Sevenoaks in November 2015. Over and above the usual high specification our car benefits from – Piano Black veneer, Black brake calipers

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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £56,995 £56,995

    Description Satellite Navigation System Bluetooth Phone Connection Integrated Apple i-Pod Connector 12 Month Aston Martin Approved Warranty 19 inch 10 Spoke Black Diamond Turned Wheels N400 Side Sills Clear Rear Lamps Xenon Headlamps Power Wash Headlamps Heated Front Seats Facia Trim - Piano Black 6 CD Autochanger Electric Adjustable Front Seats Aston Martin Service History Front and Rear Parking Sensors Climate Control Tyre Pressure Monitoring Front arm rest with storage compartment Bright Finish Front Grille Alarm and Immobiliser Trip Computor Bright Tailpipe Finisher Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) HWM -Driving Delight Since 1938 www.hwmastonmartin.co.uk

    • Year: 2011
    • Mileage: 16180 mi
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  • 1985 Aston Martin V8 saloon

    £195,000 £195,000

    V8 saloon Year 1985 Engine size 5300 Doors 2 Colour Aston Martin Royal Cherry (Rolls Royce Garnet) Interior Magnolia piped Burgundy, Burgundy carpets Transmission Automatic Full service history print this Ref: 00512

    • Year: 1985
    • Mileage: 3000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 EFI

    £185,000 £185,000

    Variant name:VANTAGE , 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. Vehicle currently undergoing final sales preparation and will be available for viewing in December. Full details and photographs coming soon. Please contact a member of our sales team for further information.

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 53000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £49,950 £49,950

    £49,950 YEAR: 2008 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 15517 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 380 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.3 V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Onyx Black ACCELERATION: 4.9s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 175 mph Standard Features •18" alloy wheels – 10-spoke design •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 •Rear parking sensors •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •19” alloy wheels – 7 spoke design •Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio System •Blue tooth telephone preparation •Bright finish grille •Cruise control •Heated seats •Powerfold exterior mirrors •Satellite navigation system •Xenon (HID) headlamps including power wash 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: 2008
    • Mileage: 15517 mi
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  • 209 - 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante

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    The DB9 was the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time. The DB9 was powered by a third generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre, V12 and had a top speed of 186mph. It was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture; using Superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. Beautifully tailored with the finest of materials, the DB9 uses Bridge of Weir leather, aluminium and wood. The use of wood in the interior was different from previous Aston Martins with customers offered a choice of walnut, mahogany or bamboo. This beautifully presented, two owner from new, righthand drive DB9 comes to us directly from Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell and has a full main agent service history stamped up to 2013 and used little since, and an MoT test certificate which expires in May 2017. The Asto

    • Year: 2016
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  • 215 - 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Dino

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    The 308 GT4 was a ground-breaking model for Ferrari in several ways; it was the first production Ferrari to feature the mid-engined V8 layout that would become the bulk of the company's business in subsequent decades and was the first production Ferrari to feature Bertone (rather than Pininfarina) bodywork. The GT4 was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in November 1973 and featured angular lines entirely different from its curvaceous two-seater brother, the Dino 246. The styling was controversial at the time with some journalists comparing it to the Bertone-designed Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Urraco. It finally gained the 'Prancing Horse' badge in May 1976 which replaced the Dino badges on the bonnet, wheels, and the steering wheel. The chassis was based on the Dino 246 but was stretched to make room for the second row of seats. The overall cockpit design was considered futuristic matching by external wind-cheating bodywork. The desirability of these Ferraris are quietly ballooning with prices, quite rightly, following suit. Supplied new by H.R. Owen in South Kensington on 8th June 1976 and with just four former keeper recorded from new, this increasingly collectable Ferrari i

    • Year: 2016
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  • 162 - 1976 Daimler Sovereign Series II Coupé

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    The launch of the Jaguar XJ6 in 1968 and its Daimler sister in 1969 redefined expectations in the luxury car sector. The new model truly 'moved the goalposts', setting new standards in comfort, refinement and handling. A waiting list was quick to form and enthusiasm remained strong upon the introduction of the Series II cars in 1973. The standard or long wheelbase saloon models were joined later that year by a striking new variant; an elegant pillarless coupé, all being built on the short-wheelbase chassis with a black vinyl-covered roof and available with either the 4.2 litre straight-six XK unit or the 5.3 litre, V12. This handsome design retained the saloon's supple all-round independent coil and wishbone suspension, disc brakes and power steering. Performance was predictably strong with both variants reputedly able to exceed 120mph. Rarer than its Jaguar brother, just 1,677 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 Coupés are thought to have been produced by the time production ended in 1978 with 613 built in 1977 and only six in the final year. This Daimler was originally registered on 26th October 1976 and has covered a mere 24,153 miles in 40 years on British roads. The three registered keepers

    • Year: 2016
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  • 101 - 1976 Benelli Trials Bike

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    Benelli was established in Pesaro, Italy in 1911 which possibly makes it the oldest of all European motorcycle factories in operation. Originally imported into the U.K. from Italy some years ago by a friend of the vendor, it has since been acquired by the vendor and registered here in the U.K. It has been little used since but does come with a daylight MoT test certificate valid until 17th August, 2017. Offered in good order, this classic trials motorcycle is offered without reserve.

    • Year: 2016
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  • ASTON MARTIN V8 Vantage Sports Pack

    £62,950 £62,950

    Satellite Navigation Alarm Upgrade Aston Martin 700w Premium Upgrade Bluetooth Telephone Red Brake Calipers Glass Switches Cruise Control Piano Black Fascia with Graphite Trim Black Vaned Front Grille Front PArking Sensors Memory Seats Black Meshes Heated Front Seats Sports Seats Comfort Suspension Black Textured Tailpipe Finishers 19' V Spoke Graphite Diamond Turned Alloys UK Supplied Extended Aston Martin Warranty Dealer/Manufacturer Warranty Delivery Available Financing Available Full Service History

    • Year: 2013
    • Mileage: 8500 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Roadster

    £99,950 £99,950

    £99,950 YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 2245 TRANSMISSION: 7-Speed Sportshift II ASM POWER: 430 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7 V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: China Grey INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black ACCELERATION: 4.6s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 190 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 •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 •HID projector headlamps (dipped beam) •LED rear lamps •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Rear parking sensors •Remote-control central door locking and boot release •Satellite navigation system •Traction Control (TC) •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring system •Ventilated, grooved floating disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •19 Inch 5 Spoke Gloss Black diamond turned Wheel •700 W Aston Martin Premium Audio System With Dolby® Pro Logic Ii® •Black Textured Tai

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2245 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £99,950 £99,950

    £99,950 YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 17 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) •Tr

    • Year: 2016
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £79,795 £79,795

    Description Garmin Satellite Navigation Aston Martin DAB Radio Bluetooth Phone Connection Wireless Music Streaming IPOD Connection Aston Martin Sports Exhaust 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Alarm Upgrade Volumetric & Tilt Sensors Cruise Control Front and Rear Parking Sensors 19 inch 10 Spoke Graphite DT Wheels Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror Automatic Headlights Glass Switches Xenon Headlamps Power Wash Headlamps Heated Front Seats Balance of Manufacturer's Warranty Black Front & Side Mesh Black Headlamp Bezels Black Meshes (Bonnet & Side Strake) Black Textured Tailpipe Finisher Black Vaned Front Grille Black Window Surround Carbon Fibre Splitter and Diffuser Centre Stack Rotaries - Satin Chrome Clear Rear Lamps 2016 Model Year Contrast Stitching Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Alarm & Immobiliser Electric Adjustable Front Seats Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) Climate Control Facia Trim - Piano Black Piano Black Facia Trim Powerfold Mirrors Protective Tape VAT Qualifying Front arm rest with storage compartment Tyre Pressure Monitoring Seatbelts - Warm Charcoal Traction Control (TC) Ventilated Brake Discs with ABS HWM -

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 5680 mi
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  • V8 Vantage Roadster

    £49,950 £49,950

    A fantastic, low mileage example of the stunning V8 Vantage Roadster in Titanium Silver & Grenadine Red with Obsidian Black Leather and Gun Metal Facia. The V8 Vantage has won many awards for it's design and rightly so, this car is almost perfectly proportioned and features stunning lines from every angle. But Aston Martin don't make cars that are intended only to 'look good', and this beauty is no exception. Designed form the outset to be lean and agile, it has won the hearts of 'real drivers' everywhere. It's fair to say that the V8 Vantage really is a fantastic car whichever way you look at it! Aston Martin officially unveiled the V8 Vantage Roadster at the 2006 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show and claimed it would have the same performance as the coupé. To compensate for the loss of the roof a new, super-stiff cross-member was added to the frame. The soft top can be raised or lowered electronically in 18 seconds and can be operated in speeds up to 30 mph (50 km/h). It has the same 4.3 litre V8 from the hard top version producing 380 bhp at 7000 rpm, 302 lb·ft at 5000 rpm & a top speed of 178 mph. Acceleration? 0–60 mph in 4.8 seconds! This fantastic looking Aston (photos are of ac

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 16528 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £42,895 £42,895

    Description Satellite Navigation System Bluetooth Phone Connection Integrated Apple i-Pod Connector 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby 12 Month Aston Martin Approved Warranty Cruise Control Heated Front Seats Memory Front Seats Powerfold Mirrors 2008 Model Year Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror Xenon Headlamps Power Wash Headlamps Brake Calipers Black Bright Tailpipe Finisher Power Hood Trip Computor Climate Control Bright Finish Front Grille 19 Inch 7 Spoke Alloy Wheels Contrast Stitching Convertible Wind Deflector Tyre Pressure Monitoring Alarm & Immobiliser Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) HWM -Driving Delight Since 1938 www.hwmastonmartin.co.uk

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 33280 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £72,950 £72,950

    £72,950 YEAR: 2013 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 7876 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 430 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7 V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Onyx Black (HB) INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black ACCELERATION: 4.3s (0.60mph) MAX SPEED: 190 mph Standard Features •Alarm and immobiliser •Automatic headlights •Automatic wipers •Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector •Bluetooth® telephone preparation •Carbon fibre front splitter and rear diffuser •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 •HID projector headlamps (dipped beam) •LED rear lamps •Powerfold exterior heated mirrors •Rear parking sensors •Remote-control central door locking and boot release •Satellite navigation system •Traction Control (TC) •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring system •Ventilated, grooved floating disc brakes with ABS 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: 2013
    • Mileage: 7876 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

    £54,950 £54,950

    £54,950 YEAR: 2008 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 18663 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sportshift ASM POWER: 380 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.3 V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Lightning Silver ACCELERATION: 4.9s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 175 mph Standard Features •18" alloy wheels – 10-spoke design •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 •Rear parking sensors •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •Auto dimming rear view mirror 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: 2008
    • Mileage: 18663 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Prodrive

    £42,950 £42,950

    Variant name:V8 ,Derivative:VH2 , - Prodrive engine & suspension upgrades - 27,800 miles from new - Merlot Red with Obsidian Black hides - Supplied with a 12 month warranty We are delighted to once again offer this stunning, unique 2006 model year V8 Vantage, finished in Merlot Red with Obsidian Black leather with Red stitching. The car has covered just 27,800 miles from new by its 2 previous owners. Previously sold by NM& Co in 2010, this particular example benefits from upgrades from Prodrive to the engine, exhaust and suspension fitted in 2009 by ourselves. A recalibrated ECU and revised free-flow catalysts increased peak power to a quoted 425bhp, a 45bhp increase over the standard V8 Vantage. Further benefits include a switchable exhaust system which allows 3 selectable levels of bark – ‘Quiet’, ‘Variable’ and ‘Sport’. The suspension upgrade incorporates Bilstein dampers and Eibach springs offering greater ride quality and performance thanks to electronically switchable settings of ‘Comfort’ and ‘Sport’. The comprehensive specification of this example includes, 19” 7-spoke alloy wheels finished in anthracite grey, body colour coded front stone guards, satellite navigation, Premium Audio, cruise control, HID headlamps, powerfold door mirrors, heated seats, heated front windscreen, and auto-dimming rear view mirror with garage door opener. A fantastic colour combination, a good service history, superb condition and the excellent Prodrive upgrades, await the car’s new custodian. Recently serviced by an Aston Martin main agent, the car will also benefit from our usual standards of preparation prior to delivery including a 110 point pre delivery inspection and 12 month warranty.

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 27800 mi
    • Engine size: 4.3
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  • 1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante'

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    - Vantage Volante coachworks by Daytona - Matching numbers example - Former property of the Daytona Motor Company - Over engineered to be better than the Aston supplied Volante With the demise of the DB6 Mk. II Volante in 1970, Aston Martin were not able to offer a convertible motorcar until the introduction of the V8 Volante. This presented the opportunity for enterprising engineering companies to occupy a niche in the marketplace to supply wealthy customers with a desire for something unique and unusual. Considered by many to be one of the most elegant of Aston Martins, the Volante has always been much admired and rightly so. This automatic transmission V8 is one of seven professionally converted to 'Volante' specification by the Daytona Motor Company of London. First registered in August 1978, this striking automatic example, presented in unmarked green with a sumptuous cream leather interior, is matching numbers and comes in desirable X-Pack specification. It was the final Vantage by 'Daytona' car and owned by Robert Blasi, the owner of Daytona Motor Company. The car came into his ownership by an unusual twist of fate; Daytona had fitted a left to righthand conversion on a Ferr

    • Year: 2016
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  • 1973 Aston Martin V8 Saloon

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    The six cylinder William Towns styled DBS had been around for a couple of years anxiously awaiting the V8 engine that had been especially designed for it. In early 1970, the DBS V8 was finally ready to become one of the fastest cars available at the time. The 5.3 litre Tadek Marek designed engine was able to develop around 320bhp which gave the ability to reach 160mph; all this with space for four people. Demand for the car was great with production reaching 402 examples within just two years. From April 1972, the DBS V8 received a mild restyle and a new name. The 'DB' was dropped as David Brown had sold the company and the car became known simply as the 'Aston Martin V8'. The most visible change was the adoption of two seven inch quartz iodine headlamps and black mesh grill, the design of which was the work of the original designer, William Towns. This Aston Martin V8 was built on 20th October 1972 and despatched on 2nd February, 1973 to A & B Cars Ltd, in Newton-Le-Willows, Lancashire and was first registered on 25th October, 1972. The heritage trust certificate confirms the car was finished in Imperial Blue with natural trim interior and fitted with an automatic gearbox with fue

    • Year: 2016
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  • Aston Martin V8 Coupe

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    One of the last hand-built Aston Martins to be made; this outstanding example is everything you would expect from the ‘quintessentially British’ motoring legend that is Aston Martin. It’s the sheer presence of these formidable cars that first holds your attention. In classic Georgian Silver it really is stunning and a joy to behold from every angle. Few cars, even to this day, command quite the same level of awe and respect that is afforded to this masterpiece of automotive design. Then you have the interior; step inside and you are surrounded by hand-crafted opulence. Sumptuous Connolly Leather in Black, contrasting beautifully the traditional wood veneers and chrome fittings, surely this is one of Aston Martin’s finest hand-crafted interiors? The final part of the equation comes in the form of fabulous engineering. Nothing else sounds like a hand-built Aston Martin V8, just turning the key and revving the engine is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but of course it’s out on the open road that it all comes together. Power, Beauty and Soul First registered in 1997, this particular car has a FULL SERVICE HISTORY, has only covered a total of 34,700 miles sin

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 34700 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Coupe

    £120,000 £120,000

    Variant name:VANTAGE V8 , - 17,400 miles only - 2 previous owners - Complete AM Service history - 1 of only 101 built - Supplied with 12 months warranty This outstanding example of the V8 Coupe with just 2 former owners from new, has covered only 17,400 miles. Chassis 79066 has an outstanding service history from Aston Martin Works and Heritage specialists, attesting to the careful ownership of this cherished car. Finished in the elegant colour of Galloway Green and complemented with Magnolia hides piped green with Walnut veneer finishers. One of just 101 examples built and in superb condition in every respect, the V8 Coupe is a true Grand Tourer, a delight to drive and be driven in. First shown at the Geneva Motor Show in 1996 the Aston Martin V8 Coupe, satisfied customer demand for a less complicated and more easily maintained AM, than the Supercharged V8 Vantage of the day. A naturally aspirated 350bhp Aston Martin V8 engine, transmitting power through a 4 speed automatic transmission and the use of the supercharged Vantage chassis architecture, resulted in superbly relaxed GT with a top speed of 155 mph and 0-60 in 5.9 seconds. Just 101 examples were built on the Newport Pagnell production line, over 3 years, before production of the entire V8 range ceased and the Newport Pagnell factory reconfigured for Vanquish production. A Grand Tourer of the old school, with a beautifully finished interior, subtle body styling and sufficient power, the V8 Coupe is a fitting swan song to the end of the 'coach built era', of Aston Martin production. Supplied with our usual highest standards of preparation and available to view in our West London showrooms now.

    • Year: 1997
    • Mileage: 17400 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £32,950 £32,950

    The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was first introduced in 2005 to compete head to head against the Porsche 911. It was the second car to be built at Aston Martins purpose built Gaydon facility. This iconic car used the same technology as its “Big Brother” the DB9 and was built around an aluminium riveted and bonded VH (vertical-horizontal tub). This front/mid engine two seat sports car was fitted with the all new 4.litre V8 engine producing an impressive 380bhp. This engine coupled with a six speed gearbox and rear transaxle setup made for one of the most balanced cars on the market with a near 50/50 weight distribution. As with all hand built Aston Martins only the finest materials were used. The Aston Martin V8 4.3 Vantage t Coupe offered here at Hofmann’s is a 2006 “56 plate” and is finished in Meteorite Silver metallic with Phantom Grey and Falcon Grey Cherry leather interior. Having covered 59,071 miles this stunning example boasts a full service history most recently carried out at by ourselves here at Hofmanns at 58,400 miles. Over and above the standard specification our car benefits from: Bluetooth phone system, HID – Xenon headlamps, Satellite navigation, Heated front seats and

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  • 1973 Aston Martin V8

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    The Aston Martin V8 engine began 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. Aston Martin had converted a DB5 with an early V8 engine which was used for many thousands of development miles by the factory to create a usable and powerful eight-cylinder engine for use in the new DBS model that was due for production in 1968. Unfortunately, the engine wasn't ready in time for the launch of the DBS and it went on sale fitted with the six-cylinder engine used in the DB4/5/6. In 1971, the DBS V8 was launched, fitted with the long awaited Tadek Marek designed V8, an engine which powered all Aston Martin models until the launch of the DB7 in the early nineties. The DBS V8 was replaced by the V8 Series III and was unveiled to the press in London in August 1973. The shape of the new V8 was similar to the previous model but featured revised front end styling and one of the major differences was the replacement of the Bosch fuel injection system with Weber carburettors. A number of improvements were made to various other aspects of the car including improved c

    • Year: 2016
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  • ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE LHD 1978 - Black

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    Full Description Engine: Car fitted with European tuned V8 Vantage V580X, "X" pack Engine originally built by Bob Butler (AML) Engine starts without hesitation from cold. Engine compartment is in overall very good original condition. All parts appear complete, side screens, heat shields, radiator surround and belt guard etc. all fitted. Brake boosters appear in good condition and plated. No coolant leaks were visible. No fuel leaks were visible No brake/steering fluid leaks were visible. Owner claims engine oil/filter was changed in July 2016. All fluids appear clean. Fuel System: No visible fuel leaks. Owner claims that the fuel tank has been cleaned and flushed. Cooling System: No visible coolant leaks were observed. Coolant appears clean. Exhaust System: Exhaust system. Stainless Steel exhaust system fitted. There are no leaks from the exhaust. Transmission: Transmission: 5-Speed manual ZF gearbox. Shifting appears to be normal. Car was driven in forward and reverse gears. No leaks observed from the rear axle/diff. Suspension: Steel Wings upgraded suspension Power assisted steering: No leaks visible from steering rack. Fluid appears clean. Steering rack boots are in serviceable

    • Year: 1978
    • Mileage: 49694 mi
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  • ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE LHD 1978 - Gold

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    Full Description Engine: Car fitted with European tuned V8 Vantage No compression test was completed. Engine starts without hesitation from cold. Engine compartment is in reasonable condition. All parts appear complete, side screens, heat shields, radiator surround and belt guard etc. all fitted. Brake boosters appear in good condition. No coolant leaks were visible. No fuel leaks were visible No brake/steering fluid leaks were visible. Owner claims engine oil/filter was changed in June 2016. All fluids appear clean. Fuel System: No visible fuel leaks. Owner claims that the fuel tank has been cleaned and flushed. Owner claims that fuel system flushed, new fuel filter/ Weber carbs rebuilt June 2016 Cooling System: No visible coolant leaks were observed. Coolant appears clean. Exhaust System: Exhaust system. Langford Stainless Steel exhaust system fitted. There are no leaks from the exhaust. Transmission: Transmission: 5-Speed manual ZF gearbox. Shifting appears to be normal. Car was driven in forward and reverse gears. No leaks observed from the rear axle/diff. Suspension: Front suspension is complete and serviceable. Rear suspension is complete and serviceable. Power assisted steer

    • Year: 1978
    • Mileage: 81438 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

    £44,950 £44,950

    SOLD DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 22000 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Sportshift ASM EXTERIOR COLOUR: A M Titanium Silver INTERIOR COLOUR: Chancellor Red Standard Features •Dynamic stability control (DSC) •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS •Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD) •Full leather interior •Side Airbags •Dual stage driver and passenger front airbags •6 CD autochanger •18" alloy wheels – 10-spoke design •Rear parking sensors •LED Rear Lamps •Electrically adjustable front seats •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring •Alarm and immobiliser •Aston Martin 160 W audio system •Emergency brake assist Optional Extras •Xenon (HID) headlamps including power wash •Memory seats (3 positions) •Heated seats •Alarm upgrade (volumetric & tilt sensors) •Blue tooth telephone preparation •Cruise control •Satellite navigation system •Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio System Accessories You can add a personal touch to your new Aston Martin sports car with our range of stylish, beautifully crafted accessories. View Catalogue

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
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