1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA

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1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon

£ 90,000 - 120,000
US$ 120,000 - 160,000
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon
Registration no. TDB 425R
Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
*Aston Martin project development car
*Automatic transmission
*Recent extensive refurbishment by Aston Workshop
*AP Racing brakes and other desirable upgrades

Footnotes

  • 'Anyone wondering why Aston Martin bother to make their own vee-8 when so many big American ones are so cheaply available need take only one look at the performance data... for the best explanation in the world. Whatever the undisclosed output of the Aston V8, it is enough to rocket this heavy car to 60mph from rest in exactly six seconds and to 100mph in only 14.7 seconds. Much more than this, we were able to reach 138 mph from rest in a mile and on the Continent record a mean maximum speed of 161.5 mph.' - Autocar, 8 July 1971.

    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 carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Launched in 1977, the Series 5 adopted the Vantage specification - engine excepted - the following year. Power output of the standard car was now approaching 400bhp 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 revealed that the new version of the V8 Aston engine with four Weber carburettors 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.'

    Right-hand drive chassis number '11533' was Aston Martin's project development car and was used to develop certain features for the forthcoming 1977 model. The car was then used by Aston Martin as a demonstrator at the company's prestigious Sloane Street showrooms in London, and in 1977 was loaned to the Duke of Westminster while he was awaiting the delivery of his Lagonda. Special features include a Vantage front spoiler, driving lights, radiator grille, and a full Vantage exhaust system in stainless steel. The front suspension also has been upgraded to Vantage specification for improved road holding.

    Recent works undertaken by Aston Workshop have included a full bare metal re-spray; checking and fully refurbishing the chassis; reconditioning and upgrading the suspension including adjustable shock absorbers, a rear anti-roll bar, and all new bushes. In addition, the engine bay has been refurbished and detailed (colour coded); the air conditioning system overhauled; the interior fully re-trimmed in hide with new carpets and new steering wheel; and all wiring and electrics overhauled. Upgrades include AP Racing brakes; HID headlamps; Becker radio with iPod connectivity; Cobra alarm and Tracker; and a new stainless steel exhaust system.

    Finished in fiesta red with black interior, this superb hand-built Aston comes complete with an extensive history/service file including a quantity of expired MoT certificates. On the open road, its performance is what one would expected from a well maintained Aston Martin V8.
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1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
1976 Aston Martin V8 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11533/RCA
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