Bonhams : 1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon
1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon

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Lot 332
1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon
Registration no. TYE 766S

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 29,653) inc. premium
1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Saloon
Registration no. TYE 766S
With the resurrection of the Vantage name in 1977, Aston Martin enthusiasts everywhere breathed a sigh of relief; previously applied to high-power versions of the DB six-cylinder cars, it had been dormant since the V8's arrival back in 1969. A heavier car than its six-cylinder predecessor, the V8 suffered as emissions legislation became ever more strangulating, leading to concern that Aston Martin's traditional performance image might be lost. The arrival of the Vantage dispelled any such worries.
Propelling Aston's V8 back into the supercar league was a tuned version of the existing 5,340cc engine breathing through a quartet of 48mm Weber carburettors rather than the standard 42mm units. Valves and ports were enlarged and the camshafts changed, the end result being an estimated maximum output of around 375bhp. Chassis changes were minimal apart from the adoption of bigger ventilated discs all round and low-profile Pirelli tyres. The Vantage was, nevertheless, readily distinguishable from the standard product by virtue of its blocked-off bonnet scoop, blanked air intake, front chin spoiler and lip on the bootlid.
Completed in July 1977, righthand-drive chassis number '11686' is recorded in the Aston Martin Owners Club Register as the first production V8 Vantage. The car has enjoyed five owners from new and was acquired by the vendor in 1998 directly from the previous owner, Dire Straits founder member and bassist John Ellsley. Regularly maintained rather then restored, it has covered a believed-genuine 35,000 miles from new and is described as in good condition in all respects, with the exception of the electric aerial and air conditioning, both of which are reported as in need of attention. Equipped with the desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission, the car is finished in black with matching leather interior and is offered with present-ownership service history, current road fund licence, MoT to August 2004 and Swansea V5.
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