1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466

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1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035
Registration no. B495 WVG Chassis no. 12466

£ 200,000 - 250,000
US$ 270,000 - 330,000
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035
Registration no. B495 WVG
Chassis no. 12466
*Ex-factory Development Project
*Factory upgraded to 1988 specification
*Well documented
*Present ownership since 2002

Footnotes

  • With the introduction of the Vantage in 1977, Aston Martin's V8 was thrust back into the supercar league. The name had previously been applied to high-power versions of the DB six-cylinder cars, and in the V8's case the Vantage tune delivered around 375bhp - in Rolls-Royce fashion the factory chose not to disclose the actual figure, merely claiming that power was 'adequate'. Its superior performance aside, the Vantage was 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. Not all Aston Martin customers found the new look to their liking however, preferring the more restrained appearance of the earlier model. Foremost among these was HRH The Prince of Wales, who ordered his Vantage Volante convertible with Vantage engine and bonnet but otherwise effectively to standard specification.

    The V8 Vantage offered here, chassis number '12466', was built as a standard production model in February 1985 and delivered to Stratton Motor Company (Norfolk) on 15th April that year for use as a demonstrator. Originally registered as 'B27 RCL', the car was returned to the Newport Pagnell factory 1986 and used for development work by the Engineering Department. It was allocated the Development Project number 'DP2035', and used to evaluate the combination of the X-Pack engine and automatic transmission, together with revised suspension and Compomotive 16" wheels. While back at Newport Pagnell the car was photographed carrying the registration 'AML 56' (see copy magazine article in the history file).

    In January 1988, '12466' was purchased from Aston Martin by its first private owner, Mr J Elliott of Langton Green, Kent, and reregistered with his private plate, 'JE 207'. In a written account of his ownership, Mr Elliott states that prior to his purchase the car had been updated to 1988 specification - including the air conditioning - and then re-sprayed (Kensington) Silver, while in December 1988 (at 21,352 miles) it was returned to the factory and fitted with a manual gearbox (see bill on file). Mr Elliot drove the Aston for some 19,000 miles, and during his ownership the car continued to be serviced by the factory. AML correspondence on file shows that the car was subsequently owned by one B G A Palmer of Sawston, Cambridgeshire.

    The current vendor purchased '12466' from Stratton Motor Company in 2002 (at 39,000 miles). Reregistered as 'B495 WVG', the Aston was maintained by Four Ashes Garage up to 2007, since when it has been looked after by Davron. There are bills on file relating to the vendor's period of ownership, including one for a new clutch (2009); a gearbox and drive shaft overhaul plus attention to the suspension (2013); and a rebuilt brake master cylinder (2014). Currently displaying a total of circa 71,000 miles on the odometer, this historic ex-factory Development Project is offered with MoT to March 2017, a V5C registration document, and the aforementioned bills and other paperwork.
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1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
1985 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack' Sports Saloon DP2035  Chassis no. 12466
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