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Lot 230: Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon

Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars, Bonhams (19 May 2012)

First Registered 'NL 1010' and subsequently 'BEB 742', this Aston Martin V8 was acquired at Bonhams' Sale of Aston Martin Motor Cars in May 2002 by the then (third) owner, having been in the previous owner's hands since June 1987. The car comes with full service history recording that in March 1992, and in addition to normal servicing, Aston Martin Works Service carried out considerable renovation when the mileage stood at 60,975. Work included removal and overhaul of the gearbox and torque converter, replacing brake bands, clutches, seals and filters, renewing all engine drive belts, removing and replacing engine oil cooler, stripping out and replacing inner suspension reactor rubbers, and overhauling wheel hubs. In addition, the bodywork was stripped back to bare metal, any corrosion affecting sills, doors, chassis members attended to and some aluminium outer panels replaced, and the whole re-sprayed in Winchester Blue (originally silver). Box sections were wax injected and the underside resealed. Brightwork was specialist re-chromed, stainless steel re-polished and much other work undertaken, including specialist re-conditioning of the alloy wheels. Subsequent invoices from Aston Martin dated 1994, 1994 and 1996 indicate further regular maintenance and servicing with only a very limited mileage covered. The car was back at Aston Martin Works Service in June 2002 at 63,722 miles, when a new alarm and central locking system with immobiliser was fitted. Further miscellaneous repairs were undertaken at this time including both brake servos, rear shock absorbers, engine cam and front cover gaskets and steering wheel repaint. The car was purchased at Bonhams' sale at Aston Martin Works Service in 2003 (Lot 231) by the previous owner, who commissioned AMWS to convert it into a replica of the V8 Vantage saloon that featured in winter scenes in the James Bond motion picture, 'The Living Daylights' starring Timothy Dalton as '007'. (It was intended as sister car to the Volante convertible that the same buyer had purchased via Bonhams and commissioned AMWS to replicate a few years later). Modifications include a full Vantage '580' upgrade of the engine (plus conversion to unleaded compatibility); installation of the five-speed manual gearbox; suspension, brake and cooling upgrades; and fitting 16" wheels. The body was refinished in Cumberland Grey, the interior leather re-Connollised and matching black carpets fitted, while other noteworthy features include an Alpine CD stereo system, Webasto sunroof and the optional extra of ski blades. Aston Martin's rebuild schedule and 22-page invoice are included in the car's extensive history file together with a photographic record of the works, which were completed in April 2004 at a cost of 135,000. Offered for sale fresh from servicing by R S Williams, the car is presented in generally good condition and comes with the aforementioned full service history, fresh MoT and Swansea V5C document. Please note that the cherished registration 'B549 WUU' (the actual number as seen in the film and also on various other Aston Martins driven by Victor Gauntlett) is being retained by the vendor.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
Lot Number230
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating3
Registration numberB539 NAB
Chassis numberSCFCV8159FTR12454
Engine numberV/580/2454/S
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2