Arguably the most elegant of all "single headlight" V8 Astons - the first version generally known as Series II - still featured many of the details of the four headlight DBS V8; chrome instrument bezels and switchgear, chrome headlight surrounds, lower hood/bonnet scoop and no side lamps. For some export markets - at least Germany - it even had a DBS prefix in the chassis number to avoid having to homologate it as a completely new model. All early cars still had "DBS V8" side vent badges. The production run of only 288 examples were made between April 1972 and July 1973 - out of which only a handful were left hand drive. The Bosch fuel injected cars were also the most powerful of all standard V8's, only outdone by the V8 Vantage introduced in 1977.
Presented in a desirable colour combination of Ascot Silver with black Connolly leather and black Wilton carpeting, this example is perhaps the most known of all Series Two cars from the widely sold tri-lingual book "Aston Martin" by Schlegelmilch / Lehbrink, already on it's third updated edition plus a pocket size version. The same pictures have been used at least in one other publication from the same publisher, called British Sports Cars and published in 2008, all mentioned books are by http://www.ullmann-publishing.com
Originally delivered by German importer Mertz & Pabst, the car has a well known history in Germany and Finland. The longest term owner from early 80's to late 90's was one of the founder members of the Aston Martin Owners' Club Section Germany, and the car took part in many national events as documented in several photos.
Imported to Finland by Harri in 2001, when he became the Area Representative of the international AMOC, and registered as AMV-8. Active participation in classic car events continued in Finland - including the British Cars' Meet, Classic Sportscar Concours d'Elegance (third prize in fixed-head class) and several events connected the James Bond movie Die Another Day premiere in 2002. In co-operation with the British Embassy it was displayed at the HM Ambassador's VIP 007 party, at the lounge of the Bristol movie theatre for a special guest preview, and at the Eurocar Show 2003 which was featured in a clip on Finnish Morning TV together with Bond stuntman Douglas James.
Mentioned in the AMOC register chapter "significant cars".
During his ownership 2001 to 2003, the comprehensive and documented works included a full cylinder head rebuild and ignition upgrade to Lucas "constant energy" as fitted in later cars. In 2003 I found a V8 Vantage from Japan and AMV-8 was sold forward to a collector who left it unused from 2003 to 2014.
Recommissioned in the summer of 2014 after an ownership change, the car was recommissioned by classic car specialists Triangle Motor Company - flushing of the fuel tank, full tune-up and change of all liquids. Fully functioning original air conditioning. The wheel hub caps are missing from some of the pictures, but the wheels have since been refurbished and the caps replaced.
The car can only be described as highly original and unmolested, the only changes being a Kenwood hiding display cd receiver (as fitted in early DB7 Vantages) and upgraded speaker and amplifier system. Running and driving fantastic, all she needs is a new caring owner that will hopefully use her as intended.
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