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Lot '37: Aston Martin V8 Series 3

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (23 June 2010)

Launched in 1967, the Aston Martin DBS V8 was powered by a spectacular all-alloy unit initially designed by Tadek Marek to power the Lola-Aston Martin sports racing cars. Boasting four overhead camshafts and Bosch electronic fuel injection, in road trim the 5,340cc V8 produced an impressive 345bhp at 5,000rpm and 360lb.ft of torque. This was enough to propel the car to a top speed of 160mph, unbelievable for an early 1970's 4 seater car weighing nearly 2 tons!

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.

Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Despite the switch, fuel economy improved and even in automatic form the Weber-equipped car proved almost as quick as the preceding manual version, sprinting to 60mph in just 6.1 seconds. Only 973 examples were made before it was replaced by the Series 4 'Oscar India' in 1978.

First registered in January 1977, this particular Series 3 has had only five owners from new, the current vendor acquiring it from Sherwood Restorations in 1998  the previous owner having kept it for 10 years. Always in regular light use, it comes with a large history file from new to show careful maintenance throughout its life and to verify the current recorded mileage of 97,400. New sills were fitted in January 1989 at 82,000 miles and the Weber carbs were tuned and calibrated in 1998 at 85,500 miles. It is fitted with the correct Avon tyres and still retains its original owners handbook.

Said to run and drive very well indeed with current road tax and an MOT until May 2011, this is a remarkably original and unmolested car that is ageing very gracefully and has far more character than a freshly restored show queen. Clearly much loved by all its previous owners and with as good a history file as you could wish for, it looks excellent value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster, Herefordshire
TypeCar
Lot Number'37
Estimate£16000-£18000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1977
Condition rating0
Registration numberUEX 787R
Mileage-
Chassis numberV8/11442/RCA
Engine numberV/540/1442
Engine capacity (cc)5340
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors