1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Auto Sports Saloon Registration no. TYE 761S Chassis no. V8/11733/RCAS Engine no. V/540/1733S
Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 version of Aston Martin's successful V8 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change, which necessitated a larger bonnet bulge, bringing with it increased torque and smoother running at low speeds. Power output of the standard car was now in excess of 300bhp and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarising its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine revealed that the new version of the V8 Aston Martin equipped with four Weber carburettors and automatic transmission had proved nearly as quick as its manual-transmission, fuel-injected predecessor and fractionally more economical before concluding that it was: 'A well-quipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys.'
The current vendor bought this Series III V8 through his precision engineering company in June 1979 (at 12,000 miles) from H W Motors, Walton on Thames. Having previously owned a 1972 manual V8 and a 1974 automatic model, he found the latter much more useable for business purposes and when this one became available he snapped it up. Since purchase the car has been serviced exclusively by HWM, with nothing left undone that required attention. While the Aston has always been taxed, insured and used regularly, there have always been other cars available for business use hence it has covered only 76,000 miles in the last 33 years. The vendor purchased the car from his company in 1989.
Unusually, 'TYE 716S' is to completely original specification apart from its stainless steel exhaust system. Work undertaken within the last couple of years has included fitting a new windscreen, starter motor, electric aerial, brake discs/pads, front springs and Avon Turbospeed tyres. In addition, the front suspension has been stripped and all worn parts replaced. Invoices are available for the above and more. Offered from long-term ownership and described as in generally good condition, this pampered Aston Martin V8 comes with current road fund licence, MoT to November 2013 and Swansea V5 document.