In September l967 the Aston Martin DBS V8 was announced, production commencing the following April. With its four overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, the 5,340cc V8 produced an impressive 320bhp at 5,000rpm and 3601b 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. Later that year the mighty V8 Vantage was launched, boasting special camshafts, larger valves and Weber IDA carburettors; with 380bhp at 6,000rpm it provided 0-60 and 0-100mph in 5.3 and 12.7 seconds respectively and a 170mph maximum.
This original January 1980 Factory Vantage and was supplied new by H.W Motors Ltd. From the period of 1983 to 1992 the car was serviced by AML ltd. It formed part of a collection in Germany before being repatriated to the UK through Straight 8 Ltd in 2000.
Subject to a restoration in 2002 with invoices on file, the car won the 2006 Aston Martin Owners Club Concours ‘Late class’.
Finished in Madagascar Fawn with complementary beige leather and with the price of early DB’s soaring higher than anyone could predict, this particular V8 Vantage represents the perfect investment opportunity, as prices of these cars will surely follow suit.