Aston Martin V8
Â£80000 - 100000*
Introduced in April 1972, shortly after Aston Martin had been acquired by Company Developments, the new V8 was visually distinguished from its DBS V8 predecessor by a black mesh grille and twin (rather than quad) headlights. Under the skin, the two shared the same platform chassis, DeDion rear axle, independent front suspension, power steering and disc brakes. Another carry over was the 'quad-cam' 5340cc V8 engine allied to either five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. Credited with developing some 310bhp and 360lbft - thanks in part to its Bosch mechanical fuel-injection system - the model was reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6 seconds and almost 160mph (figures which would not be properly eclipsed until the arrival of the fearsome Vantage). Only in production for fifteen months, just 288 of the first generation `twin headlight' V8s are thought to have been made.
This smart looking Series II has recently been subject to an extensive bodywork restoration, mechanical overhaul and re-paint in its original shade matched to a Cream and Blue piped interior. Registering some 94,500 miles, we understand that by the time of sale the original registration number will have been reallocated. Fitted with a stainless-steel exhaust system and riding on freshly refurbished wheels, the previously re-trimmed interior has been complimented with new carpets. Although presently disconnected (due to no pump being present), the car was fitted with A/C from the factory and an invoice included in the history file states that an unleaded conversion took place as well as 580 valve upgrade. The mechanics have been inspected by Seven classics, and a brake overhaul carried out. It is believed the engine was previously overhauled and has recently been set up correctly ready to enjoy. Offered with workshop manual, assorted invoices and a current MOT certificate into October 2017, the vendor understandably grades the bodywork, paintwork, engine, transmission and interior as 'very good'.
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