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The Amelia Island Auction / 1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports SaloonChassis no. V8/11477/LCAEngine no. V8/540/1477

Lot 256
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon
3 March 2022, 13:00 EST
Fernandina Beach Golf Club

Sold for US$56,000 inc. premium

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1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon
Chassis no. V8/11477/LCA
Engine no. V8/540/1477


5,340cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Dual-Throat Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 6,000rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Delivered new to Los Angeles
*A numbers matching example
*Brutish British luxury
*Documented by copies of its factory build records


THE ASTON MARTIN V8

"After the sale of Aston Martin to 'Company Developments' in January 1972, work started on a comprehensive facelift of the DBS V8, the main visual cue being the adoption of single headlamps and a revised front grille. Now known as the AM V8, the car retained the Bosch mechanical fuel injection system until August 1973, when four twin choke Weber carburetors were fitted, together with updates to the interior trim, a bigger bonnet bulge to clear the carburetor air box, and a redesigned fuel tank to allow more luggage space." – Aston Martin.

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 sports cars. Electronic ignition and air conditioning were now standard.

Introduced in 1973, the 'Series 3' employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburetors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Although not quoted, the power output of the standard car was around 300bhp and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarizing its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine revealed that the new version of the V8 Aston engine with four Weber carburetors and automatic transmission had proved nearly as quick as its manual-transmission fuel-injected predecessor and fractionally more economical, concluding that it was: "A well-equipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys."

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This V8 Saloon was completed in August of 1976 for the United States market in Royal Claret Metallic over Burgundy leather interior. Fitted with Weber carburetors, an automatic transmission, Philips AM/FM/Cassette radio, and built to USA specifications, it stickered at a lofty $13,172. Uniquely ordered for 'direct export' (as opposed to a purchase through the local West Coast Aston distributor) for Richard Popkin of Popkin and Shamir, Inc on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles. Popkin was a founder and senior managing partner of his eponymous law firm specializing in immigration, which still operates on Wilshire Blvd. as Popkin, Shamir, and Golan. It is not recorded how long the car remained in Popkin's care, but in January of 2000 the Aston entered the collection of Robert Sarullo of Orlando, Florida. Prior to being acquired, it appears the car had received some degree of restoration including a color change to dark blue and an interior retrim in gray leather. Additionally, an air conditioning system appears to have been fitted to the car at one point, but has since been disconnected although much of it appears to remain with the car should one which to reinstall it.

Acquired by the current owner in April of 2012, it was described at the time of purchase as a good running and driving car. With the odometer showing only a single mile more than when it was purchased a decade ago, the car has been on static display since acquisition and as such mechanical recommissioning is recommended prior to active use. Accompanied by the aforementioned A/C equipment, a workshop manual, owner's handbook, and copies of factory records, this will no doubt be a delight to return to the road.

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