1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

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Lot 123
1973 Aston Martin Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon

£ 100,000 - 120,000
US$ 120,000 - 150,000
Amended
1973 Aston Martin Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
Registration no. XGU 913M
Chassis no. AM6065/RA


* One of only 70 built
* Continuous history from 1976
* Circa 48,000 mileage supported by MoTs and service invoices
* Fully restored in 2013 including engine upgrade to 4.2 litres
* Desirable upgrade to Tremec T5 manual gearbox

Footnotes

  • Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8 engine, the Aston Martin DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre 'six' of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the beautiful DBS caused quite a stir, Autocar magazine observing that, 'Without the aid of an Italian stylist the Newport Pagnell team came up with something as modern, handsome and Italianate as anything from the Turin coachbuilders at that time.'

    Beneath its shapely exterior the 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. Larger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavier DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but the Vantage version's top speed of 140mph and a standing quarter-mile time of 16.3 seconds were highly respectable figures nonetheless. Assessing the virtues of Aston's new flagship, Autocar judged it superior to the DB6 in many areas, the bigger DBS offering four full-sized seats in addition to transformed handling and roadholding courtesy of the new rear suspension and standardised power steering.

    After Sir David Brown's departure, DBS production continued under new owners Company Developments, the car being restyled with a two-headlamp front end but mechanically remaining much as before. For a brief period the six-cylinder DBS continued to be offered alongside the new V8. The DBS six was renamed 'Vantage', a departure from traditional practice as the term had hitherto been used to denote the high-performance engine option. To further confuse matters, all but two Vantages ('6067' and '6068') had the 'SVC' Vantage high-performance engine. Only 70 of these six-cylinder Vantages were produced between May 1972 and July 1973, their departure marking the end of the line for Aston Martin's classic twin-cam six.

    According to the copy build sheet on file, 'AM6065/RA' was delivered to Odeon Motors (Whetstone) Limited in London on 25th July 1973. The car was finished in Cornish Gold with natural Connolly leather interior, and was fitted with a Borg Warner automatic gearbox. No other history relating to the car's first three years has survived.

    On 3rd May 1976, the Aston was registered to one Lionel Henderson of Highgrove, London, with the registration number 'MYX 271P'. Two months later, in July 1976, Mr Henderson sold the car to Pierce Campion, who in March 1977 sold the car to Bridge Motors. Bridge Motors registered the car as the third owner while they had it for sale.

    Amber Valley Meats Limited purchased the Aston in July 1977 and ran the car for around a year before selling it to Mr Desmond Rogers of Chesterfield in June 1978. Mr Rogers would be the first long-term owner, keeping the car nearly 20 years. It was then sold to Mr Andrew Allerton of North Shields on 25th April 1997, and in 2010, 'AM6065/RA' was purchased by Aston Martin specialists, Runnymede Motor Company.

    Runnymede embarked upon a full restoration, changing the colour scheme to the current silver with Oxblood leather interior. The restoration included a full engine rebuild to 4.2 litres and the fitting of a Tremec T5 manual gearbox (the only notable departure from the original factory specification) with Aston Martin parts sourced from R S Williams and HWM. The restoration was completed in 2013 at circa 46,000 miles, and the car was then sold to the seventh owner. In March 2014 the vendor, a collector, purchased the Aston Martin, which has been maintained for him by marque specialists, Post Vintage Engineers. The last service was completed by them on 9th June 2017 at 47,764 miles, and the Aston is reported to be driving beautifully and needing nothing. Indeed, the quality of this Vantage is such that it was chosen to be part of the display of heritage cars at the UK debut of the Aston Martin DB11 in March 2016.

    The current believed-genuine mileage of circa 48,000 is supported by MoTs and service invoices. The earliest of the latter was issued on 9th November 1976 (at 19,453 miles) by Hyde Vale Garage Limited of London (official Aston Martin agents) while the first MoT on file is dated 13th March 1978 stating a mileage of 33,580. Mileage covered is traceable through further MoTs dating from 1979 to 2017. The Aston also comes with two sets of keys, an indoor car cover, and a battery conditioner.

    Presented in beautiful condition, 'AM6065/RA' represents an opportunity to acquire not only one of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins, but also the last of the original and much-loved six-cylinder models.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the vendor advises that the Aston Martin has matching chassis and engine numbers.
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1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
1973 Aston Martin  Vantage 4.2-Litre Sports Saloon
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