1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA

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1976 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon
Registration no. SFL 135R Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA

Sold for £ 47,250 (US$ 64,189) inc. premium
1976 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon
Registration no. SFL 135R
Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
Odometer reading: 81,971
MOT: Exempt



*First used as a factory demonstrator
*Automatic transmission
*Generously specified


Aston Martin's acquisition by Company Developments in 1972 ushered in a name change for the V8-engined cars: out went 'DBS V8', in came 'Aston Martin V8'. This new Series 2 was readily distinguishable by its restyled front, which now featured two instead of four headlamps, recalling the looks of the earlier DB six-cylinder cars. Introduced for 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 a larger bonnet bulge. Fuel economy improved and even in automatic-transmission form the Weber-equipped car proved almost as quick as the preceding manual version, being capable of over 145mph flat-out.
Its accompanying copy Car Record Card shows that '11575' was originally finished in Raven Black with fawn trim, and sent to Aston Martin (Sales) Ltd for use as a demonstrator. The original registration was 'PYN 175R'. Being intended for demonstration purposes, '11575' was generously specified, featuring two door mirrors; two rear fog lamps; over-riders; side marker lights; headlamp wash/wipe; lockable centre ashtray; and a Phillips AM/FM radio/cassette stereo system. Its last UK V5C Registration Certificate records Mr Timothy Ludbrook of London as registered keeper (from 18th April 2009). Prior to Mr Ludbrook, the Aston had been owned by AMOC member Timothy Marshall. Additional documentation includes a quantity of MoTs for the period 1988-2008; Tracker paperwork; an old V5 registration document; a handful of bills; and a Classicmobilia (Keith Riddington) sales invoice dated 24th September 2010 when the car was sold to the current owner.
The Aston Martin has been on static display for a number of years and as such will require recommissioning prior to road use. Please also note this Lot is subject to UK import tax at the reduced rate of 5% if it is to remain in the UK.



Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 58 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 15 /25
    Body Work: 3
    Paint: 3
    Glass: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Axles: 3
    Suspension: 3
    Brakes: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 12 /20
    Starting: 3
    Running: 3
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 1
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
1976  Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon  Chassis no. V8/11575/RCA
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