1973 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Saloon Registration no. ROR 15M Chassis no. V8/11052/RCA Engine no. V/540/1052
Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4-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. 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 re-styled front which 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. Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Despite the switch, fuel economy improved and even in automatic-transmission form the Weber-equipped car proved almost as quick as the preceding manual version. This automatic transmission V8 Series 3 benefits from recent refurbishment, the chassis having been restored, the engine rebuilt (by Davron), the car repainted and the interior re-trimmed within the past year or so. Used for AMOC sprints at Goodwood in 2010 and 2011, 'ROR 15M' boasts leather-trimmed race seats and harnesses; new 'phone and radio with iPod connection; de-bumpered bodywork; and a Vantage chin spoiler. Completed earlier this year, the car is finished in light green with tan leather interior and offered with sundry expired MoTs, complete service/rebuild history 2010-2011, some older service history, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5.