1973 ASTON MARTIN V8 SALOON
Historics at Brooklands | 26-Nov-2016 | Historics at Brooklands November Sale | Venue : Brooklands Museum
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 152
Year : 1973
Engine Size : See Description
Transmission : automatic
RHD
Registration No. : TTF 883L
Chassis No. : V8/10594/RCA
Engine No. : V540464
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

The six cylinder William Towns styled DBS had been around for a
couple of years anxiously awaiting the V8 engine that had been
especially designed for it. In early 1970,  the DBS V8 was
finally ready to become one of the fastest cars available at the
time. The 5.3 litre Tadek Marek designed engine was able to develop
around 320bhp which gave the ability to reach 160mph; all this with
space for four people. Demand for the car was great with production
reaching 402 examples within just two years. From April 1972, the
DBS V8 received a mild restyle and a new name. The 'DB' was dropped
as David Brown had sold the company and the car became known simply
as the 'Aston Martin V8'. The most visible change was the adoption
of two seven inch quartz iodine headlamps and black mesh grill, the
design of which was the work of the original designer, William
Towns.

This Aston Martin V8 was built on 20th October 1972 and
despatched on 2nd February, 1973 to A & B Cars Ltd, in
Newton-Le-Willows, Lancashire and was first registered on 25th
October, 1972. The heritage trust certificate confirms the car was
finished in Imperial Blue with natural trim interior and fitted
with an automatic gearbox with fuel injection. This is one of only
288 injection cars built and offered superior straight line
performance over the later carburettor cars in which a total of 967
carburettor cars rolled off the production line. The certificate
also confirms the registration number TTF 883L was issued in
Lancashire; we therefore believe it retains its original
registration number.

The car has been with the current long term owner since 1st
April, 1998 and he has confirmed the car was the subject of a
category C insurance claim on 9th December 2000 caused by a very
slow speed impact to the front nearside wing while he was at the
wheel.  Repairs were carried out by Aston Martin specialists
Puddleduck Parts in Warwickshire and the car has been used
regularly since. Prior to auction, for complete peace of mind, the
car was inspected by Autolign Inspections, the only company in the
UK recognised by HPI as the vehicle inspection company for
re-classification of category C and D vehicles. The car was given a
clean bill of health with the category C status being removed from
the HPI report with a certificate confirming this. Also included in
the history file is an MoT test certificate valid until 16th July,
2017 and a workshop manual and parts catalogue.

Throughout the current owners tenure, the car has undergone a
re-trim, fitment of new sills, a stainless steel exhaust, new front
and rear suspension, reconditioned gearbox, re-spray, new under
bonnet heat and soundproofing as well as a complete brake overhaul
including two reconditioned brake servos and a master cylinder
repair kit. The owner informs us the car runs well on the Bosch
fuel injection system which was set up by Aston Martin guru, Andy
Chapman.

Fitted with its original engine (V/540/464), this Aston Martin
epitomises everything about a British built grand tourer of the
seventies. The gorgeous sound of the long-legged V8 engine, the
armchair-like seats and the tactile switchgear, all contribute to
the alacrity with which this Aston Martin travels along
with. 
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170