1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10535/RCA Engine no. V/540/415
Lot 401
1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Saloon Chassis no. V8/10535/RCA Engine no. V/540/415
Sold for £5,980 (US$ 10,045) inc. premium
Lot Details
1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 2 Saloon
Registration no. VNP 752L
Chassis no. V8/10535/RCA
Engine no. V/540/415


  • Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, production difficulties meant that 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.
    The acquisition of Aston Martin by Company Developments in 1972 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, which now featured two instead of four headlamps and recalled the looks of the earlier DB six-cylinder cars. Bosch mechanical fuel injection was retained while electronic ignition and air conditioning were standardised.
    The 35th car off the production line, this early right-hand drive Series 2 is believed to have spent much of its life in South America. An automatic transmission model, the car was purchased at auction in the UK by the current owner in March 2008 and exported to Monaco. The vendor describes the car as in generally fair condition, with good interior, though it is currently not running and its mechanical state is not known. Offered with Swansea V5 and sold strictly as viewed, '10535' represents an opportunity to acquire an early Aston Martin V8, ripe for restoration, at relatively modest cost. No reserve.

Saleroom notices

  • This car is offered with no reserve. Please note that this car is NOT offered with a current V5 logbook. The V5 on file is now defunct and the new owner will need to apply for a new V5 if the car is to be registered in the UK.
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