1979 Aston Martin Series 4 Oscar India Saloon
Lot 215
1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Sports Saloon, Chassis no. V8SOR12153 Engine no. V/540/2153/S
Sold for £46,000 (US$ 77,317) inc. premium
Lot Details
1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Sports Saloon

Registration no. UJN 338V
Chassis no. V8SOR12153
Engine no. V/540/2153/S


  • Shortly after reorganisation under new ownership as AML (1975) Ltd, Aston Martin resumed development of its highly successful V8. A host of improvements was to be incorporated in the forthcoming Series 4, scheduled for introduction in October 1978. Built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory's 'Oscar India' sobriquet, standing for 'October Introduction'. The most obvious differences were a restyled bonnet and boot-mounted spoiler while the cabin received a redesigned dashboard and centre console, and the headlining became leather rather than cloth. There were, of course, countless other improvements, most notably to the air conditioning and to the shock absorber settings.

    Autocar magazine found much to commend in the 'Oscar India' tested in October 1978, reckoning that this latest example from the Newport Pagnell factory stood out as the best-built and most competently finished car it have ever known Aston Martin produce. 'It sets new standards of excellence for the company. In the past there has always been a slightly niggly feeling that one was paying an awful lot of money for a car of rather indifferent trim standards, in which the fabulous performance was not matched by the way the car was put together. Not so any more - the car is a delight, whether to drive, to travel in, or simply to look at.'

    An automatic transmission model, chassis number '12153' was supplied new via James Edwards of Chester on 1st August 1979. The car comes with its complete history from new, presented in a display folder, including all MoTs from 1986 to the present day plus various bills and receipts accumulated by past owners. For the last 15 years the Aston has been stored in a Carcoon complete with dehumidifier, prior to which it was professionally stored over the winter months. The car has been driven every year, albeit sparingly. Regularly checked and serviced by Fiddes of Swindon since 2003, it has covered only 67,756 miles from new and is described as in generally very good condition, always reliable and a joy to drive and own.
    Finished in Salisbury Blue with cream leather interior, this fully documented and well maintained 'Oscar India' is offered with the aforementioned history, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document. A new under-bonnet heater control valve, Goodridge brakes hoses and an armrest box are the only listed deviations from factory specification.
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