1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Lot 238
Originally the property of Aston Martin chairman, Victor Gauntlett AMOC concours winning,1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sports Saloon Chassis no. V8/VOR/12270 Engine no. V/580/2270/V
Sold for £98,940 (US$ 166,300) inc. premium
Lot Details
Originally the property of Aston Martin chairman, Victor Gauntlett AMOC concours winning
1980 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Sports Saloon
Registration no. PBM 744W
Chassis no. V8/VOR/12270
Engine no. V/580/2270/V


  • 'On your first serious trip to the top of the Aston Martin Vantage's performance curve, you will make the last gearchange at 138mph. It will not occur to you until a lot later that this is as fast as a Lotus Esprit or Porsche 944 will go, however long the road.' – Car magazine testing 'PBM 744W' in 1981.

    Retaining its original registration, chassis and engine numbers, this V8 Vantage was first registered to Victor Gauntlett, Aston Martin's chairman from 1981 to 1991. Veteran AML employee Frank Matthews hand built the engine especially for Victor Gauntlett. Accompanying registration documents show seven previous owners in total, marque specialist R S Williams being the owner prior to the current vendor, who acquired the Aston on 19th June 2006. Victor Gauntlett's first V8 Vantage, built by AML's engineering department to his own unique specification, 'PBM 744W' was used by two magazines - Motor (April 1981 issue) and Car (January 1982) - for road tests and reports, and copies of both these editions come with it. It went from 0-60mph in 5.2 seconds, faster than a Porsche 911 Turbo or Lamborghini Countach could manage.

    Aston Martin claimed a top speed of 168mph for the Vantage and it was independently timed at 165mph. In its test report on 'PBM 744W', Motor declared that the Vantage was the fastest production car tested in its 78-year history, and while other supercar manufacturers claimed higher maximums there was no denying that the Aston Martin Vantage was the world's fastest four-seater. As Car magazine put it: 'Come to think of it, you won't find ANY car as fast which will carry two rear passengers and a sensible amount of luggage for four people.'

    Since the vendor has owned the Vantage it has passed through the workshop of marque specialist Rikki Cann and been restored to concours standard, winning the 'Best V8' award at the AMOC's Boughton Hall concours last autumn. A full photographic record of the very extensive restoration, which took 3,000 man-hours, is on file together with a list of the work done. The distance travelled since completion is only 185 miles.

    'PBM 744W' is finished in its rare original livery of Sebring Blue with blue-piped Magnolia leather upholstery and leather-bound beige carpeting, and has been fully Waxoyl protected. Noteworthy original features include the Pioneer radio, GKN wheels, Pirelli P7 tyres, tool kit and jack, and the car also comes with sundry bills, current MoT and Swansea V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there are no sundry bills with the documents for this vehicle.
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