Sharing the same aluminum body shell as the V8, the V8 Vantage featured aggressive body upgrades that improved high-speed stability, and it was easily distinguished by its blanked-off grille and hood scoop, forcing airflow through the front valance for superior cooling.
The most powerful and highly refined of all V8s was the final, European-specification Series III V8 Vantage, built from 1986 through 1989, which utilized the factory-designated aluminum 580X engine block, also known as “X-Pack,” a reference to its 4×2 Weber carburetor setup. The last carbureted production engine built by Aston Martin, this mighty mill squeezed 432 horsepower from 5.3 liters with its high-compression Cosworth pistons, larger valves and intake manifold, and so-called “Zagato-X-Pack-specification” camshafts, with resulting performance now achieving that of a genuine 200-mph supercar. Numerous interior refinements were featured as well, enhancing luxury to go along with speed. Shockingly expensive when new, only 137 cars were manufactured to this ultimate Series III specification, less than one built per week during its production run.
This original Right Hand Drive Vantage Specification Saloon, finished in British Racing Green with a tan leather interior and five-speed manual gearbox, was first registered in the UK in March 1986, later being owned by a Mr. Tony Parrack in South West London, then sold to the current owner in 2003. In current ownership the Aston has covered around 5,000 miles, but has been kept in storage since the last MOT expired in 2012 at just over 60,000 miles. The bodywork appears to be very straight, with generally good paint, although it will certainly need some attention. The interior trim has suffered and would need to be renewed, although the seats themselves present well. The engine was last started around 12 months ago, but has not been run recently due to leaking gaskets to the Weber carburettors, which would need to be attended to.
Ready to be restored and enjoyed by its next owner, we feel this Aston would make an excellent candidate for light restoration, and as such is being offered at no reserve to the highest bidder. The Vantage is offered with a UK V5C document.
Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000 – No Reserve