1973 ASTON MARTIN V8
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 163
Year : 1973
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : manual
RHD
Registration No. : JOJ 665N
Chassis No. : V8/11316/RCA
Engine No. : V/540/1316
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The Aston Martin V8 engine began development in the mid-sixties
when it was first used in a Lola Sports racing car with a view to
replacing the six-cylinder unit which had been in production since
the DB4 in 1958. Aston Martin had converted a DB5 with an early V8
engine which was used for many thousands of development miles by
the factory to create a usable and powerful eight-cylinder engine
for use in the new DBS model that was due for production in 1968.
Unfortunately, the engine wasn't ready in time for the launch of
the DBS and it went on sale fitted with the six-cylinder engine
used in the DB4/5/6. In 1971, the DBS V8 was launched, fitted with
the long awaited Tadek Marek designed V8, an engine which powered
all Aston Martin models until the launch of the DB7 in the early
nineties. The DBS V8 was replaced by the V8 Series III and was
unveiled to the press in London in August 1973. The shape of the
new V8 was similar to the previous model but featured revised front
end styling and one of the major differences was the replacement of
the Bosch fuel injection system with Weber carburettors. A number
of improvements were made to various other aspects of the car
including improved cooling for the automatic transmission, oil and
water.  Two optional rear axle ratios were offered and the
front seats were redesigned offering greater comfort to driver and
passenger.

First registered on 14th October 1974, this V8 is finished in
its original colour of Ascot Grey with a blue hide interior.
Delivered new to the UK, the car comes complete with its original
engine (V/540/1316) breathing through carburettors but
unfortunately a valve broke and damaged a piston and conrod; the
car is showing 53,808 miles. The vendor informs us the engine is
dismantled but complete and will require a rebuild.

The car is supplied with a UK V5 document and an Aston Martin
Heritage Trust Certificate. A clear HPI check shows that the
previous registered keeper purchased the car on 29th April 1981
with two prior keepers. Only 2,360 hand-built V8's left the factory
and are fast becoming highly collectible with this example well
worth consideration as it is offered at no reserve.

 
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170