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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 COUPE

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    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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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 Coupe

    £41,950 £41,950

    £41,950 YEAR: 2005 DRIVE SIDE: Right TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 380 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.8l V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Tungsten Grey 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 •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •19” alloy wheels – 7 spoke design •Alarm upgrade - tilt and volumetric sensors •Battery conditioner •Heated front screen •Heated seats •Integrated GSM telephone •Powerfold exterior mirrors •Reversing sensors •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: 2005
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  • 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante

    £215,000 £215,000

    Aston Martin V8 Volante Year 1980 Engine size 5300 Doors 2 Colour Royal Blue metalic Interior Parchment piped blue with blue carpets Mileage 24700 Transmission Automatic Full service history print this Ref: 00514

    • Year: 1980
    • Mileage: 24700 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe

    £42,950 £42,950

    £42,950 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 30221 TRANSMISSION: 6-speed Manual POWER: 380 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.3l V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Toro Red ACCELERATION: 4.9s (0-60 mph) 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 •Side Airbags •Trip computer •Ventilated, grooved disc brakes with ABS Optional Extras •19” alloy wheels – 7 spoke design •Battery conditioner •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

    • Mileage: 30221 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage S Coupe

    £69,950 £69,950

    £69,950 YEAR: 2012 DRIVE SIDE: Right MILEAGE: 12295 TRANSMISSION: 7-Speed Sportshift II ASM POWER: 430 bhp ENGINE SIZE: 4.7l V8 EXTERIOR COLOUR: Tungsten Silver ACCELERATION: 4.3s (0-60 mph) 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: 2012
    • Mileage: 12295 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack

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    Engine Size 5.3l Previous Owners 5 Bodystyle Saloon Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Litchfield Black Interior Trim Black - One of 95 RHD produced - 37,000 miles from new - One of 2 RHD supplied in Litchfield Black - Previously supplied and maintained by Nicholas Mee & Co Ltd - Supplied serviced including 12 month warranty A late model genuine V8 Vantage X-Pack. Rare and highly desirable amongst collectors, just 95 RHD cars were built before production ceased in August 1989. This last of the line specification and superb condition example was supplied by ourselves to the last owner 7 years ago and has covered just 37,000 miles in total from new. One of just 2 RHD cars, originally finished in Lichfield Black metallic with Black hides, the car is currently as manufactured and without modification with exception to it’s audio equipment. Maintained by ourselves over the last 7 years, we are proud to offer this excellent example, complete with service history, original build details, original specifications and in exceptional condition. Available now to be viewed at our West London showrooms, the car will be supplied fully serviced and prepared and inclusive of 12 months warranty and

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 37000 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 Coupe

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    Engine Size 5.3l Previous Owners 1 Bodystyle Coupe Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Galloway Green Interior Trim Magnolia piped Green - 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

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 17400 mi
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  • Aston Martin V8 EFI

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    Engine Size 5.3l Previous Owners 5 Bodystyle Coupe 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. 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: 2014
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  • Aston Martin V8 Vantage - Prodrive

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    Engine Size 4.3l Previous Owners 2 Bodystyle Coupe Transmission Manual Exterior Colour Merlot Red Interior Trim Obsidian Black - 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

    • Year: 2014
    • Mileage: 27800 mi
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  • 1978 Aston Martin V8

    $89,500(£73,148.35) $89,500(£73,148.35)

    1978 Aston Martin V8 This 1978 Aston Martin V8 is a highly desirable and collectible car. White with black interior and an automatic transmission. It runs and drives but has been sitting for the last 3 years and will need some mechanical attention at this point. A great buy for only $89,500.

    • Year: 1978
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  • 248 - 1979 Lincoln Continental Mk. V 'Collectors Series'

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    The Continental was produced by the Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company from 1939 to 1948 and again from 1956 to 2002. Despite often sharing the same floor plan with less-expensive Fords in more recent years, the Lincoln Continental name conveyed a special cachet being a distinctively styled, highly equipped luxury car in the course of its long history. In 1975, the two-door hardtop model was replaced with a pillared coupé; the four-door received a new roofline to further differentiate it from the Ford and Mercury models. The Continental Town Coupé received a square opera window in its rear pillar while the Town Car received an oval one. The braking performance was a sore point on full-size American cars of that time but was improved as the Continental became one of the first American cars with four-wheel disc brakes. In 1977, the radiator grille changed from a rectangular type to a Rolls-Royce style grille. The new grille was both higher and narrower than in previous years but the position of the headlamps remained unchanged. This Lincoln Continental Mk. V 'Collectors Series' was imported from the state of Illinois in June 2007 and is fitted with the large engine option. Fi

    • Year: 2016
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  • 245 - 1979 Lincoln Continental Mk. V 'The Bill Blass Edition'

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    Rarely does a manufacturer turn out one brilliant design one after another after yet another, but that is exactly what happened with the Continental Mk. III, Mk. IV, and Mk. V series. Spanning a period of more than 10 years, these cars set new standards year after year for design excellence, glamour and prestige. This 1979 example was the last year for the Mk. V and once again came the limited edition series designed by Cartier, Bill Blass, Givenchy, and Pucci with new colours and trims selected to awe the Lincoln buyers. Occupants received admiring glances from strangers by merely having the good fortune of riding in such fine automobiles. A smooth, solid ride and quiet cabin are areas where these cars excelled above the rest, calming passengers and isolating them from the turmoil of the world outside. Everything looked different through the tinted windows of a Lincoln Continental. Nominated at the American Fashion Hall of Fame, American designer Bill Blass lent his name and concept to this, a rare limited edition' Bill Blass' edition. A respected leader in his field is also an epithet that can be applied to the vendor of this example. Legendary drummer, Mark Brzezicki , founder m

    • Year: 2016
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  • 244 - 1976 Lincoln Continental Mk. IV 'Cartier Edition'

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    We are delighted to offer this 1976 Lincoln Continental Mk. IV Cartier Edition, a rare surviving original that represents a great example luxury driving experiences of the 1970's. The whitewall tires, opera window, spare tire-hump, wood-accented dash, retractable headlight covers and Cartier clock complete this vehicle's luxury into one package. For the 1976 model year, Lincoln introduced the designer series where special editions Mk. IVs were equipped with colour, trim, and interior choices by famous fashion designers, all carrying the designer's signature on the opera windows. These were Bill Blass, Givenchy, Pucci, and the Cartier. The Cartier's were externally finished dove grey paint with a dove grey 'Valino Grain' landau vinyl roof, red and white pin striping and dove grey body mouldings. The interior was in dove grey cloth or leather, leather in this instance. This well optioned Mk. IV came with speed control, power windows, power locks and single exhausts. Another important feature was the Hydroboost four-wheel brake system. This example is reported to run extremely well and has been well taken care of. The quality of the care shows as it sits today in excellent condition.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 271 - 1980 Leyland Mini GT Clubman

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    The original Mini is considered a British icon of the 1960s with its space-saving, front-wheel drive layout, allowing 80% of the car's floorpan to be used for passengers and luggage; it was voted the second most influential car of the 20th century behind the Ford Model T. The distinctive, two-door vehicle was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and was manufactured at the Longbridge and Cowley plants. The Mini Mk. I had three major UK updates; the Mk. II, the Clubman and the Mk. III. Within these were a series of variations including an estate car, a pick-up and a van. This rare and immaculate 1275 GT Clubman has the benefit of just three owners from new and has covered a mere 31,000 miles. Almost all MoT test certificates are present, as is the original bill of sale alongside a copy of the Mini World Magazine where it was featured in November 1999. As stated in this article, not a single panel has been replaced; it has since had a small amount of cosmetic work done namely paint and also Spax and electronic ignition fitted. It is still a fantastically original example today. Three of the four original run flat tyres and the bar were removed and come with the sale of the car. The 1275 GT

    • Year: 2016
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  • 348 - 1979 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Anniversary

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    The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was built from 1965 to 1980 and was the first Rolls-Royce to be constructed using a monocoque chassis and, to date, has the largest production volume of any Rolls-Royce. The original Shadow was three and a half inches narrower and seven inches shorter than the Silver Cloud which it replaced but managed to offer increased passenger and luggage space thanks to more efficient packaging made possible by its construction. Aside from a more modern appearance, the Silver Shadow introduced many new features such as disc brakes instead of drum brakes and independent rear suspension rather than the ageing live axle design of previous cars. In February 1977, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II was introduced. Outwardly the models were identifiable by bumpers with rubber inserts and edges made from polyurethane. The Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II Anniversary was then launched when Rolls-Royce existed 75 years; since the company was founded in 1904 the celebration of 75 years of existence took place in 1979. The Silver Shadow II Anniversary can be recognised by red badges on the grille, boot lid and in the door openings. Furthermore, every Anniversary has a plaque in th

    • Year: 2016
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  • 211 - 1980 Honda CBX 1000

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    This supremely handsome motorcycle was originally registered on 1 st August 1980 and has covered just over a thousand miles a year in its 36 years on the road. The 1047cc six-cylinder and six carburettor engine is a magnificent piece of engineering and produces a brisk 105 brake horse power. The vendor is a very knowledgeable enthusiast with a small but interesting collection of bikes. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this rare motor bike is in excellent condition and represents an opportunity to acquire a fast appreciating classic bike.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 230 - 1980 Morris 575 Pick-up

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    The Morris Marina has had a bad press over the years. Much of the criticism has been justified, but the vast majority of its 807,000 British customers got along with it just fine, liking the honest design and simple engineering. British Leyland had reserved the Austin brand for their avant-garde range of vehicles like the Allegro and Princess, its more straightforward models being earmarked for Morris badges. Codenamed ADO 28, the new car was to be aimed squarely at competition from the Ford Escort and Vauxhall Viva. Destined to use a new E-Series engine that never came to fruition, in the end it was fitted with the well proven A- and B-Series engines, in 1.3 or 1.8 capacities. Within 11 months of its 1971 introduction the badly overcrowded Cowley factory had built its 100,000th Marina, a nightshift having been employed to meet demand. Rarely out of the top-five UK best sellers and often vying for second place, it was replaced by the re-styled Ital which in turn was superseded by the all new front-wheel drive Montego. In 1980, this 575 Pickup was featured on the Morris stand at motor shows across the UK, It was used to drive sales of the Morris pickup and to show the new dashboard,

    • Year: 2016
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  • 315 - 2009 AC Ace by Hawk

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    British racing driver Ken Rudd constructed the very first Ace-Bristol and his hybrid was quickly adopted by the AC factory and replaced AC's two litre powerplant. First shown in autumn 1956, the AC Ace-Bristol and the companion AC Aceca-Bristol were in production by the spring of 1957. Because it was not only more powerful than AC's own engine but capable of a lot more power-tuning, the Bristol unit made these cars, especially the Ace, much more suited for competition. From 1961, the option of a 'Rudspeed' upgrade 2.6 litre straight-six engine, using triple Weber or SU carburettors became available. This unit in, some tuned forms, would generate upwards of 170bhp. However the late Caroll Shelby had, by this time, installed a big American V8 onto an AC Ace chassis and very quickly AC's focus was almost entirely redirected towards the new AC Cobra which launched in 1962. Production of the AC Ace finished the same year with only 37 of the 2.6 litre Ace's manufactured. Today, the AC Ace is possibly one of the most quintessential British sports cars. Exuding finesse from every angle, these agile roadsters with racing pedigree are widely regarded as one of the most elegant and characterf

    • Year: 2016
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  • 318 - 2009 Brooke 260 RR Cosworth

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    Brooke Cars Ltd is a British car manufacturer of specialist sports cars, based near Honiton in Devon. It was established in 2002, following the purchase of the vehicle rights from Brooke Kensington in 1990. The company produces one model, the Double R, a lightweight two-seater open sports car weighing around 510 kg (1,120 lb) and is powered by a 2.3-litre Cosworth engine producing 260 bhp. Financing issues have meant these exciting cars have been produced in very small numbers. Designed to be a modern version of the 1950/60's single seater racers such as the Maserati 250F but with the added advantage of two seats, critical to the look are the concealed headlights and oval front radiator intake. Manufactured in 2008 and registered in the UK on 1 st January 2009, this Brooke 260 RR is the ninth car to be produced by the resurrected Brooke Cars Ltd. The 2261cc Duratec engine with Cosworth throttle bodies is mated to a five-speed gearbox. This mid-engined fully road legal Brooke, sits on lightweight OZ alloy wheels and Toyo tyres; four-point safety harness belts are fitted and there is an easy to read digital stack display system. This particular example was fitted with over £7,000 of

    • Year: 2016
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  • 297 - 2009 Ferrari Scuderia 16M

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    Ferrari said, upon release, that the Scuderia Spider 16M is the highest performance Spider that it had ever made. Like the fixedhead F430 Scuderia, this car also incorporates what Ferrari calls 'F1-derived' technology. With a limited edition 499-unit production run, the '16M moniker' refers to Ferrari's 16 F1 Constructors World Championships- the latest of which was achieved in 2008. Although the 16M is derived from its enclosed predecessor, Ferrari had taken the Scuderia concept even further. Despite the additional body strengthening, the 16M is 80kg lighter, tipping the scales at an admirable 1340kg. Much of this has been achieved by a major overhaul of the double-wishbone suspension as well as new dampers and a new steering box, even gaining titanium springs and wheel bolts, a measure of the 16M's extreme engineering brief. Powered by the same 503bhp version of Ferrari's 4.3 litre, V8 found in the coupé, the 16M had undergone an extra tweak in the form of redesigned pistons which also allow for a higher compression ratio offering 80% of the engine's torque on tap from 3,000rpm. The engine drives the F1-SuperFast2 six-speed transmission, which can execute shifts in a claimed 60 m

    • Year: 2016
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  • 202 - 1979 Honda PA 50 Moped

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    The Honda PA50 was manufactured between 1976 and 1991. It was marketed as the Honda Hobbit in the USA and as the Honda Camino in the UK and Europe, the motorcycles were manufactured in a factory in Belgium until 1991. This PA50 was originally registered on 12 th June, 1979 and, whilst it has not been used recently, the last MoT test expired on 17 th February 2014, there is no reason to suspect this motorcycle will not need just a little light re-commissioning. Supplied with a V5C registration document and 'top-box' this low mileage motorcycle is offered at no reserve.

    • Year: 2016
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  • 203 - 1979 Lancia Beta 2000 Berlina

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    Continuing a tradition established by founder Vincenzo Lancia of naming his early vehicles after letters from the Greek alphabet, the 'Beta' was launched in 1972 to symbolise a new beginning for the car maker under new ownership by Fiat. The Berlina had fastback styling although the boot was of traditional operation and not hatchback. From a technological and design perspective the engineering was pure Lancia detailed, well engineered finesse. The motoring press praised Lancia's new car, which was very advanced for its time, for its zesty performance and excellent road-handling characteristics. All in all the Lancia Beta was seen as a very charismatic drivers car and it went on, in all guises, coupé, spider, HPE and Montecarlo to become the best selling model ever launched by Lancia, up until that time. A high performance two litre twin-cam model (+20% torque) was introduced in 1975 and automatic was optioned from 1978. Supplied new on 27th June 1979 by Colebrooks Ltd. on the Island of Jersey, this top of the range two-litre Berlina was specified with automatic gearbox, metallic silver paintwork, stereo and blue cloth. Mr. Stevens took the car from Jersey to Isle of Mann in 1980 wh

    • Year: 2016
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  • 206 - 1976 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce

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    The Spider designation for the open top sports cars originates from the word, speeder, a two person open horse carriage. The Alfa Romeo 105/115 Series Spider was produced from 1966 to 1993, remaining in production for almost three decades. Over that period, only minor aesthetic and mechanical changes were made with Pininfarina assembling the first three series out of the four. Recently imported from South Africa, this righthand drive Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce, previously owned by the Chairman of the Johannesburg Alfa Romeo Owner's Club, is presented in Alfa Romeo Rosso with black leather seats and Campagnolo alloy wheels. There is evidence that the Spider was originally blue and has been over coated in its current colour. This has led to some areas of paintwork having reacted but look more closely and you will find a very straight and rust free Alfa Romeo. The interior has the rare option of leather seats that are in excellent order. The hood, although good, does have a repaired split rear window. The boot area is clean and shows that a new fuel tank has recently been added, however, there is not a spare wheel fitted. We are informed that this Spider has a NOVA certificate and has i

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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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  • 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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  • 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 S Coupe

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    £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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