Aston Martin DB8 Vantage
- Year of Manufacture: 1987
- Chassis No: tbc
- Engine No: tbc
- Coachwork: Dark Blue Metallic
- Trim: Parchment with Blue
- Odometer: 23,871 Mile (not warranted)
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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was introduced in February 1977. This car is a development of the standard V8 series 3 saloon with Aerodynamic enhancements to cope with the increased power including a rear tail spoiler, a deep front air dam below the front bumper, blanked off radiator and bonnet air scoop. Koni dampers were also fitted and the suspension stiffened, with a larger anti- roll bar.
This new improved car provides 40% more power and 10% more torque thanks to revised camshafts, air-box, larger inlet valves and carburettors, new inlet manifolds and different plugs. ZF 5 speed manual transmission, the same as found in the V8 saloon, became standard equipment, although a number of cars have been fitted with Torqueflite automatic transmission.
In April 1978, Motor Sport declared this to be the fastest accelerating car in the World.
The series II Vantage was then introduced in October 1978, this co-incided with the introduction of the V8 series IV Oscar India saloon both sharing the same changes in body styling.
A 0-60mph time of 5.2 seconds was recorded during a road test of the series II Vantage by Motor Sport magazine in April 1981.
At the 1986 Motor Show, The series III Vantage made its debut. This features revised bodywork, an optional 400bhp X pack engine and 16" Ronal wheels.
This is a car that weighs close to 4,000lbs, yet has a 0-60 time close to 5 seconds, all of this without the aid of turbo or super charging. The power flow is flexible and consistent. This car is capable of being driven at 40mph in 5th gear with the engine feeling like it is idling. In the same gear the car can take you up to the claimed top speed of about 170 mph. All of this all of this done with luxury and style in a four-seater.
Awesome, no other word for it.
Having only just received instructions to sell this example, we have not yet been passed the extensive history folder. We have however been able to review this with known specialist and former factory sales manager Nicholas Mee, who sold the car to the current owner. With four previous owners, the service history begins at the factory service department, Works Service Newport Pagnell until 1991 when routine servicing was undertaken by the owners local garage with records indicating this Vantage had covered some 10,000 miles. Used sparingly by the next two owners over the next 12 years, the previous owner, purchasing the car through Nick Mee, undertook extensive improvements including a bare metal repaint from the original Chichester Blue to the current resplendent Dark Blue Metallic. With a full engine service undertaken, further improvements were made by the fitting of a full handling kit, upgraded brakes and sports exhaust system.
Clearly a car that has been cherished by all its former owners including the previous, a known collector and racing enthusiast, this example is one of the very best we have had the opportunity of representing and probably the finest available today.