1978 Aston Martin V8 Saloon


The acquisition of Aston Martin by Company Developments in 1972 brought with it a change of name for the V8-engined cars: out went ‘DBS V8’, in came ‘AM V8’. This new Series 2 was readily distinguishable by its restyled front which now featured two instead of four headlamps and recalled the looks of the earlier DB six-cylinder sports cars. Electronic ignition and air conditioning were now standard. Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Introduced in October 1978, the Series 4 – known in factory parlance as ‘Oscar India’ – incorporated a number of significant improvements, not the least of which was a package of engine upgrades – the ‘Stage 1’ tune – that had first appeared on the Series 3 cars in January 1977. Although not quoted, the power output of the standard car was around 300bhp and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarising its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine revealed that the new version of the V8 Aston engine with four Weber carburettors and automatic transmission had proved nearly as quick as its manual-transmission fuel-injected predecessor and fractionally more economical, concluding that it was: ‘A well-equipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys.’

Purchased by the vendor in 2010 the car was subject to a restoration some 20-25 years ago. Most recently the car has benefitted from a transmission overhaul in 2011, and was serviced and tuned by Aston Martin Service 2016 with a bill of 7,000 euros for various mechanical repairs. In 2017 the wheel houses received attention, at this time the rev counter was sent for restoration and now reads accurately. Bills and receipts for these items are in the car’s file.

Finished in Mistletoe with cream hide interior, showing 53,000 miles recorded, and offered with invoices, current TUF until 2019  and German title papers, this is a beautiful thoroughbred GT car which offers strong investment potential for the future.

ESTIMATE €85,000- €95,000

Auction Techno Classica April 2017
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lot details

Lot Number 167
Registration Number Dutch Registered
Chassis Number V812017RCHS
Year 1978
Make Aston Martin
Model V8 Saloon

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