For Sale: 1972 Aston Martin V8 Series II
Black 2dr Coupe
Arguably the most elegant of all ‘single headlight’ Aston Martin V8’s, the first version known as the Series 2 retained many details of the original four-headlight DBS V8: chrome instrument bezels and switch gear, chrome headlight surrounds, lower bonnet scoop, and no side lamps. According to the late Roger Stowers, Historian based at AML in Newport Pagnell who used to conduct the factory tours; there were 17 sets of ‘DBS V8’ badges remaining in stock from the David Brown years, which were fitted to the front wings of the first Aston Martin V8’S from April 1972.
Given that this car is number 18 off the production line, it is suggested that this is the first fully badged Aston Martin from the post David Brown era. Only 289 examples were made between April 1972 and July 1973. With an estimated 320bhp on tap, these Bosch fuel-injected cars were also the most powerful of all standard V8’s, only bettered by the V8 Vantage introduced in 1977.
The AM V8 was built in 1972 and is supplied with the original sales brochure. The brochure shows the car in it's original Lonsdale Yellow. A previous owner Mr Ayris change the colour in the early 1980's to jet black which it is today.
Supplied with the car is an exstensive history file for works totalling around £45,000. Previous keeper history includes detailed ownership from a garage owner to a cheif engineer for Tata industries. Documented in the history files shows Mr Ayris who owned Southend Garage rebuilt the car to "as new condition" and upgraded this iconic car to Vantage Specification.
From the documentation the Vanatge upgrade was beleived to be cosmetic changes with front bumper, bonnet and rear spoiler.
The AMV8 was resprayed in 2009 with a wheel refurbishment and 255/50tyres fitted giving the more sporty look. A brake overhaul and new steering rack was also fitted.
A document within the history file suggests that the speedo was changed at 55,500 miles and today showing 14800. Mot history would suggest the car has coverd around 70,000 miles.
There is a good history file with the car including MoT’s dating back to the 1980’s.There are also invoices and service records. This is testified by the fact that it competed in the Gumball 3000 rally in 2001 to Russia; completing some 3.500 miles in 5 days.
The outer body presents in resonable condition with signs of patina the underside is showing signs of corrosion and heavy underbody protection which is advised on the current MOT.
Recent works carried out were front and rear anti roll bar drop links, front top and bottom ball joints, new carpet, fuel injection system overhaul and cosmetic improvements.
We are in receipt of a report carried out by Chiltern Aston Martin.
The AM V8 is being advertised as a rolling restoration with No warranty implied.
Viewing available at Fiennes Showroom