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Lot 232: Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Sports Saloon

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

Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. In 1972 the acquisition of Aston Martin by Company Developments brought with it a change of name for the V8-engined cars: out went DBS V8, in came AM V8. This new Series 2 was readily distinguishable by its restyled front that now featured two instead of four headlamps and recalled the looks of the earlier DB six-cylinder cars. Electronic ignition and air conditioning were now standard. A desirable, manual transmission model, chassis number '11084' has spent most of its life on Guernsey in the Channel Islands and for the last 20 years has been kept in dry storage seeing virtually no use at all, hence the low recorded mileage of only 54,000. It is not known when it received the Vantage-style chin spoiler and lipped boot lid. Re-sprayed 20 years ago, the car was a non-runner when acquired by a UK collector three years ago. Since then a full mechanical overhaul has been carried out by a recognised Aston Martin specialist, including rebuilds of the engine, carburettors, gearbox and clutch. Additionally, the wheels were fully reconditioned and new brake servos, vacuum tank, shock absorbers, alternator, battery, air conditioning compressor, radiator, oil coolers and water pump installed together with many important small items such as hoses, clips, thermostats, gaskets, etc, etc. All invoices for the many thousands of pounds worth of work carried out are on file. The vendor owns a very large collection of classic vehicles and has had only limited opportunities to sample the Aston, which is described as 'very lovely to drive' and has yet to be run in. It is expected that it will be driven to the sale. Finished in silver blue metallic with original blue leather interior, the car is offered with all restoration receipts, Jersey registration document, current road find licence, MoT to September 2012 and Swansea V5C registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
Lot Number232
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£36000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£41400
Condition rating2
Registration numberBRJ 162K
Chassis numberV8/11084/RCA
Engine numberV/540/1084
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2