Arguably the most elegant of all ‘single headlight’ Aston Martin V8’s, the first version known as the Series 2 retained many details of the original four-headlight DBS V8: chrome instrument bezels and switch gear, chrome headlight surrounds, lower bonnet scoop, and no side lamps. According to the late Roger Stowers, Historian based at AML in Newport Pagnell who used to conduct the factory tours; there were 17 sets of ‘DBS V8’ badges remaining in stock from the David Brown years, which were fitted to the front wings of the first Aston Martin V8’S from April 1972.
Given that this car is number 18 off the production line, it is suggested that this is the first fully badged Aston Martin from the post David Brown era. Only 289 examples were made between April 1972 and July 1973. With an estimated 320bhp on tap, these Bosch fuel-injected cars were also the most powerful of all standard V8’s, only bettered by the V8 Vantage introduced in 1977.
This wonderfully presented V8 has been with the current vendor for the past 23 years and has been excellently maintained in that time. In the early 1980’s the then owner had the car upgraded to Vantage specification and was well known to the AMOC.
There is a good history file with the car including MoT’s dating back to the 1980’s confirming the low mileage of 68,000. There are also invoices and service records from the three previous owners and the current owner has spent in excess of £40,000 ensuring the car is mechanically sound and presenting well. This is testified by the fact that it competed in the Gumball 3000 rally in 2001 to Russia; completing some 3.500 miles in 5 days. It is rare to find such a good example of this iconic V8 with its aggressive styling and wonderful V8 burble, especially one so reasonably priced.