ONE OF THE 967 EXEMPLARS PRODUCED BETWEEN 1973 AND 1978
The Aston Martin V8 is an automobile which was manufactured by Aston Martin in the United Kingdom from 1969 to 1989. As with all traditional Aston Martins, it was entirely handbuilt - with each car requiring 1,200 man-hours to finish.
Aston Martin's customers had been clamouring for an eight-cylinder car for years, so Aston Martin designed a larger car. The engine was not ready, however, so in 1967 the company released the DBS with the straight-six Vantage engine from the DB6. Two years later, Tadek Marek's V8 was ready, and Aston released the DBS V8. With the demise of the straight-six Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, now restyled and called simply the Aston Martin V8, became the company's mainstream car for nearly two decades. It was retired in favour of the Virage in 1989.
The car switched back to Weber carburetors for the Series 3 in 1973, ostensibly to help the car pass new stricter emissions standards in California but most likely because Aston Martin was unable to make the Bosch fuel injection system work correctly. These cars are distinguished by a taller hood scoop to accommodate four twin-choke (two-barrel) Weber carbs. The car produced 310 hp (231 kW 314 PS) and could reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds with an automatic transmission or 5.7 with a manual. Performance suffered with emissions regulations, falling to 288 hp (215 kW 292 PS) in 1976. The next year, a more powerful "Stage 1" engine with new camshafts and exhaust brought it up to 305 hp (227 kW 309 PS).
Production of Series 3 cars lasted from 1973 through October 1978, but was halted for all of 1975. 967 examples were produced in this time. While earlier V8 cars have louvers cut into the little panel mounted beneath the rear windshield, the Series 3 and later cars instead have a small lip at the bottom of this panel, just ahead of the leading edge of the bootlid.
This very rare Aston Martin V8 Series 3 from 1976 is in very good condition.
Full history available :
This Aston Martin V8 was delivered new to Buckingham Palace. Afterwards, the car was owned by Sir Hector Laing (Friend of the Great-Britain Royal Family).
The 3rd owner was Martin Little who acquired the car in 1981.
The 4th owner was Mr Ronald Lewis who acquired the car in 1982.
The 5th owner was Mr Nicholas Crawley who acquired the car in 1989.
The 6th, Mr Mark Liddell who became an Aston Martin owners club member in 1994.
The 7th was Robert Harris, a car garage owner, who acquired the car in 1998.
The previous owner, 8th, was Mr Lorz, in France, who registered the car in 2010.
Last owner is a French businessmen, Philippe B.
Service history available from 1982. Last service was done in 04/2017 in Paris.
Original instruction book available.
British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate available.
A collection car !