1977 Aston Martin V8 SSOLD
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Estimate: £22000 - £28000

Sold: £28140

Aston Martin had always planned that the DBS of 1967 would be powered by its new V8 engine, first seen in 5.0 litre form in the Lola-Aston Martin sports racing cars. Production problems, however, intervened and the DBS used the 4.0 litre, twin overhead camshaft straight six of the concurrently produced DB6. It was not until September 1967 that the DBS V8 was finally announced, production commencing the following April. With its platform chassis and independent suspension - coil spring/wishbone front, de Dion tube rear with Watt linkage and twin radius arms - the fine handling DBS was a perfect home for Tadek Marek‘s all-alloy V8.

Boasting four overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, the 5,340cc V8 produced an impressive 320bhp at 5,000rpm and 360lb.ft; the resultant 160mph plus performance was nothing short of staggering in 1970. After David Brown sold Aston Martin in February 1972 the DBS V8 was replaced by the Series 2 model, now simply called the Aston Martin V8. Gone were the four headlamps and slatted grille, in their place a black mesh grille flanked by single headlamps; mechanical changes were limited to electronic ignition and standard air conditioning. August 1973 saw the Series 3 arrive with quadruple Weber carburettors, larger bonnet bulge, improved seats and central locking; power rose to 304bhp in June 1977.

The example on offer here today is a 1978 metallic blue car with a cream leather interior. The S in the chassis number denotes that the car has a Stage 1 engine power upgrade fitted, which includes larger valve heads and exhaust manifolds. A letter from Aston Martin verifying this is included with the car.

The car is also fitted with Vantage wheels plus a spoiler, spot lamps and grill, and a stainless steel performance exhaust system has also been fitted.

Very well maintained throughout its life regardles of cost, the car is described as being in extremely good condition throughout and comes complete with a large history file, which includes all MoT certificates since 1997. The odometer currently reads just 10000 miles, which makes this car a very rare opportunity to acquire a good, low-mileage example of this classic Aston Martin.

Reference Number 39577

as of 2/27/2009

Car 1977 Aston Martin V8 S
VIN V8/11791/RCAS 
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