Shortly after reorganisation under new ownership as AML (1975) Ltd, Aston Martin resumed development of its highly successful V8 sports saloon.
A host of improvements was to be incorporated in the forthcoming Series 4, scheduled for introduction in October 1978. Built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory’s ‘Oscar India’ sobriquet, standing for ‘October Introduction’. The most obvious differences were a restyled bonnet and boot-mounted spoiler, while the cabin received a redesigned dashboard and centre console, and the headlining became leather rather than cloth. There were, of course, countless other improvements, most notably to the air conditioning and to the shock absorber settings.
Autocar magazine found much to commend in the ‘Oscar India’ tested in October 1978, reckoning that this latest example from the Newport Pagnell factory stood out as the best-built and most competently finished car it have ever known Aston Martin produce.
This Burnham Green example was supplied and registered to its first keeper by Aston Martin Ltd of Sloane Street, London on 24th September 1980; it has remarkably had only two former keepers, last changing hands some 30 years ago and remaining with the same family until only a few months ago.
The car was used pretty much exclusively between 1984 and 2002 by the second keeper for his daily commute between Bristol and his Health Farm business in Devon. Works Service initially maintained the car for the first 50,000 miles and thereafter servicing was handled by the well known Blue Triangle Garage in Clifton, Bristol.
Dry stored since 2002, most recently it was decided to refresh the Burnham Green paintwork. The Fawn leather interior had worn well, to be expected really as the majority of mileage was covered with just one occupant. Both the walnut on the dash and door caps have removed and professionally re-varnished making the cabin a very pleasing place to be. This car sits on a factory set of GKN wheels and is shod with the correct Avon Turbo Steels, the front two being brand new.
This car has the later V580 series engine and is fitted with its automatic transmission. Recently serviced and newly MOT’d and available with its original leather bound handbook, service book & warranty card. In short, a very usable and solid V8 with ultra low ownership offered with a realistic reserve.