1987 Aston Martin V8 Series 5 Automatic Saloon Registration no. E732 EBW Chassis no. SCFCV81S6JTR/12582 Engine no. V/585/2582
Launched in January 1986, the Aston Martin V8 Series 5 adopted the latest Vantage specification, engine excepted, the following year and thus boasted the Vantage's revised bodywork and 16" wheels. Fuel injection was re-introduced on the Series 5, this time a Weber system rather than the earlier Bosch, allowing a flatter bonnet devoid of bulge or intake. Power output of the standard car was now quoted as 305bhp, and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarising its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine concluded: 'A well-equipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys,' while Performance Car, also testing a V8 Auto in 1978, reckoned Aston Martin: 'have set out - it has been so for years - to make a car of character, with a chassis of conventional but exceptional ability and manners, with enough performance from its hand-built engine to stand most comparisons and the prestige of English bespoke coachbuilding.'
This lovely example is equipped with automatic transmission, SBS alloy wheels, bumper over-riders, driving/fog lamps, and electrically operated door mirrors and windows. The car has had only three keepers since it was delivered new by Aston Martin Sales Ltd, of Cheval Place, London SW7 to Mr Peter Steer of Amersham, Bucks in November 1987, and has covered only 37,000-or-so miles from new. Chassis number '12582' was repainted in 2009 by Spray Tec in its original Chichester Blue livery (see bill on file) while its interior is upholstered in unmarked dark blue-piped Parchment hide with dark blue carpeting bound in matching hide. We are advised that the sills were repaired in 2001 and the car has also had its veneer set refinished.
The current (French) owner purchased '12582' at Bonhams' Aston Martin sale in May 2010 (Lot 310) shortly after it had been fully serviced and inspected by Works Service at Newport Pagnell. Since acquisition the car has covered approximately 3,000 miles in the vendor's hands and been serviced by Aston Martin Paris on three occasions (bills on file). It is supplied with a complete history file, which includes the original owner's manual and service voucher booklets, original bill of sale and warranty card, and a large quantity of servicing invoices (most from Works Service), expired MoT certificates and old tax discs. Presented in concours condition, the car is fitted with a vehicle tracker and also comes with Swansea V5 registration document and fresh MoT.