1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389

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Lot 544
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
Registration no. MPB 941K Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389

Sold for £ 21,850 (US$ 29,427) inc. premium
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
Registration no. MPB 941K
Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA
Engine no. V/540/389

Footnotes

  • Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, production difficulties meant that the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 345bhp available from its 5,340cc, fuel-injected, four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph - a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out.
    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 cars. Bosch mechanical fuel injection was retained while electronic ignition and air conditioning were standardised.
    A relatively rare manual-transmission example, this Series 2 has enjoyed four former keepers and comes with service/maintenance bills totalling in excess of £26,000 and a quantity of expired MoT certificates dating back to 1981. We are advised that the car was re-sprayed in 1992 and last serviced by Aston Engineering Ltd at 81,000 miles, when a compression check revealed that all cylinders were excellent. (The current odometer reading is 83,500 miles). Finished in champagne with black leather interior, 'MPB 941K' is tax exempt and comes with current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5.
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389
1972 Aston Martin V8 Saloon  Chassis no. V8/10521/RCA Engine no. V/540/389
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