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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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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £76,950 £76,950

    Variant: N430 Coupe Sportshift II

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 4780 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage - LHD

    £425,000 £425,000

    Engine Size 5.3 l Mileage N/A Previous Owners 1 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Royal Cherry Interior Trim Magnolia * Rare original Left Hand Drive * Works X- Pack rebuilds & upgrades * Major recent restorative expenditure * Substantial history file, build sheet and BMIHT certified * Fully serviced and Warranted Defined as having an advantage over it contemporaries, the Vantage of the 1980s, was of no exception. Offering more than 25% additional power over and above the standard V8s of the era. Equipped with more power, uprated chassis specifications and 5 speed manual transmissions, the V8 Vantage in the early 80s laid claim to being Britons First Supercar, accelerating from 0- 60mph in 5.2 seconds and topping out at 170 mph. The left hand drive example we are pleased to offer, originally supplied via AM for export to the Middle East, has in more recent years been the recipient of a substantial programme of restorative works and upgrades carried out by Aston Martin Works, bringing it to the exceptional standard as presented. This cars comprehensive history file, includes a detailed assessment and chronicle of the works carried out by Aston Martin in 201

    • Year: 1984
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    £425,000 £425,000
  • Aston Martin V8 Zagato

    £525,000 £525,000

    Engine Size 5.3 l Mileage 16,300 miles Previous Owners 7 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 2 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Masons Black Interior Trim Black The brain child of former Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett and the brothers Elio and Gianni Zagato, of the famed Milanese Carrozerria. The V8 Vantage Zagato project, re-united the two companies association after nearly 25 years and the highly successful DB4GT Zagato’s were built. A limited run of 50 cars only, was offered in 1985 when the car was launched at the Geneva show, all quickly snapped up by eager owners, prior to the first deliveries. The car we are pleased to offer, was ordered in 1985 and first owned by George Minden, a former shareholder of AML and prominent classic car collector. With distinctive 1980s period styling and exceptional period performance, the V8 Vantage Zagato values have yet to be fully recognised, when considered against other Zagato derivatives of Aston Martin models. Opportunities, to acquire exceptional quality and low mileage examples are becoming rare indeed. Complete with its service records and original Zagato handbook, as well as photos and invoices for the restorative works, we are delighte

    • Year: 1987
    • Mileage: 16300 mi
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    £525,000 £525,000
  • Aston Martin V8 Series III

    £89,950 £89,950

    Chassis Number: V8/11328/RCA Engine Number: V/540/1328 UK Registration Number: KNV 62 N Date of first reg: 1st April 1975 Exterior colour: Green Metallic Hood: Interior colour: Black Leather Current Odometer reading: 57,952 Mileage Warranty: Steering: Right Transmission: Automatic Options: Background Announced in April 1972, the AM V8 is an extensively modified version of the DBS V8 which was announced in September 1969. Externally, the grill was entirely new, no longer sweeping across the complete front but now tailored between the head lamps reminiscent of the earlier six cylinder models such as the DB3S. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made it’s first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The AM V8 series III was introduced in London, August 1973. The important mechanical difference was the replacement of the Bosch fuel injection system by four twin-choke down draught Weber carburettors, which produced a notably smother performance at low engine speeds with greater flexibility. To accommodate the carburettors, the bonnet bulge had to be deepened sli

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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £77,995 £77,995

    2016/16; Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe Auto; 7 Speed Sportshift II RHD; Quantum Silver/Obsidian Black with Electron Yellow Stitching; Yellow Brake Calipers; Front Parking Sensors; Black Bezel Headlamps; Piano Black Interior Trim Pack; Memory Seats; Vantage S Badge and Logo Seats; Heated Front Seats; Sports Seats; Carbon Side Strakes; Sports Suspension Pack; Umbrella and 5 Spoke Gloss Black DT Wheels.

    • Year: 2016
    • Mileage: 2486 mi
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    £77,995 £77,995
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster

    £37,950 £37,950

    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 aluminum riveted and bonded VH (vertical-horizontal tub). This front/mid engine two seat sports car was fitted with the all new 4.3litre 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 Sportshift Roadster offered here at Hofmann’s is a 2007 “57 plate” and is finished in Onyx Black metallic with Obsidian Black leather interior with contrasting Silver stitching. Having covered 46,422 miles and having only 2 owners from new (last since 2008), this stunning example boasts a full service history most recently carried out at by Aston Martin specialist Mcgurk Performance cars at 45,996 miles in September 2017. Over and above the standard specification our

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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £49,950 £49,950

    £49,950 YEAR: 2009 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 18864 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 420 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7 litre V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Lightning Silver INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black 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 • Rear parking sensors • Side Airbags • Trip computer • Tyre pressure monitoring • Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras • Aston Martin 700W Premium Audio System • Auto dimming rear view mirror • Battery conditioner • Blue tooth telephone preparation • Cruise control • Front Parking Sensors • Front wheel stone guards • Heated seats • Memory seats and mirrors (3 positions) • Powerfold exterior mirrors • Satellite navigation system • Sports Pack with 5 Spoke Forged Alloy wheels • Xenon (HID) headlamps including power wash Accessories You can add a personal touch to your new Aston Martin spo

    • Year: 2009
    • Mileage: 18864 mi
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    £49,950 £49,950
  • 2007 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE COUPE

    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)

    --Tungsten Silver with Obsidian Black leather interior, Obsidian Black carpeting with Silver stitching and Tailors Grey headliner, 6-speed manual transmission, 22,000 miles from new, California car. Factory options include: Bluetooth, Brake calipers in Grey, Piano Black Veneer, Aston Martin Premium Audio, Rear Parking Distance Sensors, Satellite Navigation, Delete Vantage Badge, Warm Charcoal Seat Belts, Stitching in Silver, and 19-inch 7-spoke wheels. The power output is from a 4.3 liter all alloy, dry sump V8 engine producing 380 bhp @ 7,300 rpm and 307 lb. ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Performance is 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of over 175 mph. This 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe was purchased new at Aston Martin Marin. The V8 Vantage has lived in California since new and has been owned by a good friend of Autosport Designs, Inc. It has been serviced by Marin throughout the years. This V8 Vantage has been kept in well-maintained condition throughout and is complete with its original factory books, service records, keys and car cover. This V8 Vantage has also been fitted with a rock-chip shield over the bumpers, front hood, door edges, rear fenders, and trunk edges.

    • Year: 2007
    • Mileage: 22000 mi
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    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe |

    £58,850 £58,850

    Specification MAKE Aston Martin MODEL V8 Vantage Coupe COLOUR Tungsten Silver YEAR 2013/63 MILEAGE 18000 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer this exceptional Aston Martin V8 Vantage for sale. Finished in Tungsten Silver with Obsidian Black Interior Hide. STANDARD EQUIPMENT Anti Locking Brakes, Driver and Passenger Airbags, Remote Central Locking with Alarm/Immobiliser, Dynamic Stability Control, LED Rear Lamps, Electrically Operated heated Mirrors, Rear Parking Sensors, Full Grain Leather Interior, Heated rear Screen, Auxillary Audio Input including Integrated Apple iPod Connector, Trip Computer, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Automatic Headlights. OPTIONAL EXTRAS 19" 10-Spoke Forged Alloy Silver Diamond Turned Wheels, Satellite Navigation System, Contrast Fine Stitching, Grey Brake Callipers, Memory Seats and Exterior Mirrors, 700W Aston Martin Premium Audio System with Dolby Pro Logic II, Auto Dimming Interior Rear View Mirror, Bright Finish Grille, Bluetooth Telephone Preparation, Sports Muffler, Heated Seats, Alarm Upgrade - Volumetric and Tilt Sensors, Magnum Silver Bonnet and Side Strake Meshes, Cruise Control, Front Parking Sensors. TRANSMISSION 6-Speed Manual ENGINE

    • Mileage: 58850 mi
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    £58,850 £58,850
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 Coupe Manual

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    Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 Coupe Manual for sale – NEW PRICE REDUCTION Obsidian Hide with Contrast Silver Stitching Dark Hex Aluminium Trim Carbon Fibre Kick Strips Electric Heated Orthopaedic Seats Power Fold Mirrors Heated Front And Rear Screens Radio CD Navigation Nokia Bluetooth Rear Parking Distance Control 19″ Anthracite Alloy Wheels Carbon Fibre Rear Diffuser Full Aston Martin Service History + 3 Specialists Recent discs & pads all round New tyres all round

    • Year: 2006
    • Mileage: 29500 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Coupe - 12 of 101

    £120,000 £120,000

    Engine Size 5.3 l Mileage 18,000 miles Previous Owners 1 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Buckinghamshire Green Interior Trim Magnolia - Demonstrator + 1 one owner from new - 18,000 miles from new - Complete AM Service history - 1 of only 101 built - Supplied with 12 months warranty 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. First registe

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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    £120,000 £120,000
  • 1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE COUPE

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    --Storm Red with Natural leather interior piped Red and Natural Wilton Wool carpeting, 5-speed manual transmission, full specification Vantage engine. In February 1977, Aston Martin unveiled their fastest road car ever, the V8 Vantage. The 170 mph projectile shot to fame as the fastest production road car in the world and is now universally accepted as Aston Martin's and indeed Britain's first ever 'Supercar'. The V8 Vantage was quite a different beast from the standard V8 Saloon (Coupe). Beside its hidden chassis mods and engine tweaks, the V8 Vantage featured twin Cibie H4 driving lights within the blanked off grille (cooling air for the radiator being drawn in from beneath the bumper), a deep front air dam and a boot lid spoiler at the rear. All of these aerodynamic additions were essential for a car with 170 mph potential. The V8 Vantage features a large, sealed bonnet bulge to cover the down draught 48 IDF Weber carburetors. Other mechanical changes from the standard engine included larger valves, revised camshafts and a higher compression ratio, all helping to produce 380 bhp. The first group of 16 cars have two distinctive and unique features, the bonnet bulge opening is sea

    • Year: 1978
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage 4.3 Roadster Sportshift

    £43,900 £43,900

    Finance Example Deposit Balance Fees Total Payable Term Fixed Rate Representative APR 1st Payment Monthly Payment Final Payment HP £4,390 £39,510 £199* £50,387 48 3.87% 7.9% £954 £954 £1,153 Residual backed products are available on this vehicle upon application. Please call to discuss your requirements *Fees are already accounted for within the payments displayed and are also included within the total amount payable. Finance available subject to status. Indemnities may be required. Other finance offers may be available but cannot be used in conjunction with this offer. We work with a number of carefully selected credit providers who may be able to offer you finance for your purchase. We are only able to offer finance products from these providers. Postal Address: Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS 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. This Aston Martin has been prepared

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 23450 mi
    For sale
    £43,900 £43,900
  • Aston Martin V8 Volante Junior

    £25,000 £25,000

    Chassis Number: Engine Number: UK Registration Number: Date of first reg: 1989 Exterior colour: Chichester Blue Hood: Interior colour: Magnolia Hide piped Blue Current Odometer reading: Mileage Warranty: Steering: Right Transmission: Semi-Auto Options: Background Background: You have heard references to models or toys – put them all to one side, this is a true Aston Martin. The then Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., Victor Gauntlett, said in 1989 “Our aim has been to produce as near an exact replica of the real thing as possible. Only best quality materials and parts will be used, as befits any car bearing our name.” And so a 4:7 scale Aston Martin V8 Volante joined the model line-up. A hand crafted replica of Aston Martin’s flagship V8 Volante – just on a different scale. At 8 feet 6 inches long (2.5098 metres) and 3 feet six inches wide (1.0688 metres), this two-seater sportscar was driven through five forward and one reverse gear via an automatic clutch. A Briggs Stratton engine gave it a potential top speed of 40mph and road holding assured with shock absorbers and coil springs and steering a reassuring rack and pinion set up. Creature comforts, being an Aston Martin, came

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    £25,000 £25,000
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £39,950 £39,950

    £39,950 YEAR: 2006 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 33338 TRANSMISSION: Manual POWER: 380 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.3 litre V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Toro Red INTERIOR COLOUR: Obsidian Black ACCELERATION: 4.9s (0-60mph) MAX SPEED: 175 mph Standard Features •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 •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •9” alloy wheels – 7 spoke design •Bright finish grille •Heated front screen •Integrated GSM telephone •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: 2006
    • Mileage: 33338 mi
    For sale
    £39,950 £39,950
  • Aston Martin V8 Saloon with Vantage X-Pack Specification Engine - Aston Martin Works Service Prepared |

    £450,000 £450,000

    Specification MAKE Aston Martin MODEL V8 Saloon with Vantage X-Pack Specification Engine - Aston Martin Works Service Prepared COLOUR Cumberland Grey with Black Hide YEAR 1985/B MILEAGE 66,000 DESCRIPTION We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this stunning and quite possibly unique right hand drive Aston Martin V8 Saloon, complete with Vantage X Pack Specification engine. First registered in March 1985, this example was purchased by its former keeper via a Bonham’s Auction held at Works Service and in late 2002/early 2003 its new keeper sent the car to Aston Martin Works Service at Newport Pagnell and gave them the brief to create a very authentic copy of the “Winterised” Aston Martin V8 Saloon, which was driven by 007 (Timothy Dalton) in the James Bond Film – The Living Daylights. It has to be said that apart from being a real head turner, this car is fabulous to drive and is presented in stunning condition and will be serviced by its creators before being handed over to its new keeper. Works carried out by AM Works Service included, but was not limited to removing the engine and rebuilding to Full Vantage “580” X Pack Specification – including being modified to run on unl

    • Mileage: 65000 mi
    For sale
    £450,000 £450,000
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage

    £225,000 £225,000

    Engine Size 5.3 l Mileage 144,000 miles Previous Owners 4 Bodystyle Saloon Seats 4 Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Caspian Blue Interior Trim Parchment Announced in 1977, the Vantage version of the venerable AM V8, produced 40% more power and a 10% increase in torque and was available only with a 5 speed manual transmission, creating the fastest accelerating production car in the world, with 0-60 mph in coming up in 5.3 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph. Heralded in period, the V8 Vantage can justifiably lay claim to the title of ‘Britons first Supercar’ and has become internationally regarded as the ultimate GT car of the period. Vantage production ceased in 1989 with just 304 Vantages were constructed, with the improved styling o the ‘Oscar India’ model we are offering. Built in 1984, this enthusiast owned and Aston Martin specialist maintained car has been highly cherished with no expense spared in pursuit of the comfort and blistering performance to be had. Up rated and rebuilt to X-Pack engine specifications in 1990 and fitted with the desirable late Vantage16’ Ronal wheels and suspension upgrades. This well presented example is being offered for the first time in 20 year

    • Year: 1984
    • Mileage: 144000 mi
    For sale
    £225,000 £225,000
  • Aston Martin V8 EFI

    £165,000 £165,000

    Engine Size 5.3 l Mileage 51,000 miles Previous Owners 5 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 4 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Warwick Blue Interior Trim Beige piped Blue Considered by V8 enthusiasts to be the easiest to live with and certainly the most rare of the V8 range. This late and low mileage example, is as originally built and specified. Complete with an unbroken service record from new and with a complete and comprehensive service history. Fitted with its originally specified, polished rim BBS wheels and factory fitted electric tilt and slide sunroof, in addition to the standard air conditioning and automatic transmission. In total just 59 examples of the V8 Efi coupe were built before production of the AMV8 range ceased in 1989. Ordered from and supplied by Nicholas Mee in 1986, to a Mrs Parness of Belgravia, this particular car was the first of three Aston Martins owned by this ebullient lady. Used for weekend trips to her country home, the car spent its early years being pampered and polished by her chauffer, prior to changing hands after the arrival of a new V8 Volante. Maintained regularly by Aston Martin at Newport Pagnell and Aston Martin agents, the history file is compl

    • Year: 1986
    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    For sale
    £165,000 £165,000
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400

    £52,950 £52,950

    Engine Size 4.3 l Mileage 25,600 miles Previous Owners 1 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 2 Transmission Sportshift Exterior Colour Lightning Silver Interior Trim Obsidian Black To celebrate the marque’s success at the infamous Nurburgring 24 Hours, Aston Martin launched the Limited Edition N400, which was to be a maximum of 480 cars, just 240 coupes and 240 roadsters supplied to all markets. The N400 specification featured uprated engine performance to 400bhp (420NM), Sports Pack which includes unique lightweight graphite finished diamond turned wheels, uprated springs and dampers and new rear anti roll bar. Cosmetically, N400 were differentiated by revised sill design, magnum silver bonnet and side strake meshes, clear lamp lenses bright finish grille and N400 badging on rear boot lid. The N400 cabin featured perforated black leather seats, micro spun alloy fascia, a circuit map of Nurburgring embroidered into the centre armrest and unique numbered sill plaques. The N400 was offered in 3 colours; Bergwerk Black, Karussell Orange or Lightning Silver. The superb example was first registered in June 2008 and is finished in Lightning Silver with Obsidian Black hides with contrasting silver stit

    • Year: 2008
    • Mileage: 25600 mi
    For sale
    £52,950 £52,950
  • 1973 Aston Martin AM V8 Restoration Project

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    Description An exciting opportunity to commission a restoration to a very rare Aston Martin AMV8. We have acquired this 1973 matching numbers, original uk RHD, manual gearbox, 5.3 carb fed v8 project car which is very rare being the single headlamp model. Off of the road for over a decade this is a fantastic opportunity to own and restore an iconic Aston Martin with us. Serious enquiries please contact us to discuss the restoration process.

    • Year: 1973
    For sale
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £54,950 £54,950

    £54,950 YEAR: 2012 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 18107 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 420 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7 litre V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Onyx Black ACCELERATION: 4.7s (0-60 mph) MAX SPEED: 180 mph Standard Features •Alarm and immobiliser •Auxilliary audio input including integrated Apple iPod® connector •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 •Traction Control (TC) •Trip computer •Tyre pressure monitoring •Ventilated, grooved 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: 2012
    • Mileage: 18107 mi
    For sale
    £54,950 £54,950
  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £76,950 £76,950

    £76,950 YEAR: 2016 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 8300 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: 8300 mi
    For sale
    £76,950 £76,950