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Lot 349: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars, Coys (16 January 2010)

In September l967 the Aston Martin DBS V8 was announced, production commencing he 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. The latter necessitated some aerodynamic aids and the V8 Vantage thus sported a deep front air dam, bolt-on boot spoiler, blanked off radiator grille, Perspex headlamp covers and bonnet air scoop. Suspension was also stiffened, Koni dampers fitted and tyres widened.

Finished in the most attractive colour combination of Dark Blue Inmont with Magnolia Hide piped with dark blue stitching, F968NPG has been used sparingly. Having only covered 32,000 miles, it has been serviced and maintained by numerous marque specialists including Ian Mason, Richard Stewart and Aston Engineering with bills totalling £70,000 plus. In addition, the original engine was replaced by R.S. Williams with an upgraded 6.3 litre unit from an Aston Martin V8 Zagato.

This extremely rare example is described by the vendor as being in very good condition throughout. Coming complete with a new MoT test certificate, tracker, immobiliser, numerous bills and receipts, this Aston Martin should be considered as a cornerstone car to any serious collection.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Prix, Competition, Touring & Rally Cars
Coys, London
TypeCar
Lot Number349
Estimate£62000-£67000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£71047
Year1988
Condition rating2
Registration numberF968NPG
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFCV81V7KTR15745
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2