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Lot 104: Aston Martin V8

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

If ever a car exuded thuggish charm then it has to be the Aston Martin V8. Sleek, muscular and oh so very British, this brute in a well-cut suit has a brooding presence that commands respect from other road users. Once memorably described by the late Paul Frere as "a civilised Ferrari Daytona" it has the go to match the show, with all models having in excess of 300bhp and being capable of over 140mph. Styled by William Towns, the all aluminium-bodied V8 was launched in 1972 to replace the old DBS model and was powered by a Tadek Marek-designed 5,340cc DOHC V8 engine that gave around 320bhp in standard tune. It was initially only available with fuel injection but this proved troublesome in use and was replaced by four twin choke Weber carburettors for the Series 3 model of 1973, which now had a pronounced air scoop in the bonnet to clear the air box. Even in automatic 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. Dating from 1975, this particular automatic model looks most appealing in metallic light blue with a lovely original interior in matching blue hide. This car has had just two owners in the last 27 years and has covered only 63,000 miles from new. The sills have been replaced, with photographs on file showing the work being carried out. With an MOT until March 2010 and five months' tax, this car is said to drive beautifully and is ready for immediate use  indeed it is due to be driven some 150 miles to the sale. The vendor states that: This is a lovely original car that draws a huge amount of attention wherever it goes.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number104
Estimate£19750-£23000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1975
Condition rating
Registration numberNBO 783P
Mileage-
Chassis numberV8/11337/RCA
Engine numberV/540/1337
Engine capacity (cc)5340
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors