This rare and now highly-sought early Aston Martin V8 has recently undergone a pains-taking three-year total nut-and-bolt restoration, using genuine Aston martin parts, and repainted in its original Imperial Blue coachwork, with a contrasting magnolia leather interior. This V8 is without doubt one the very best examples available anywhere in the world of this increasingly iconic classic Aston Martin.
ASTON MARTIN V8 (AUTO) 1972
The first home-grown V8 Aston Martin model was the William Towns-designed DBS V8 of 1969, In 1972 the DBS was facelifted and re-designatied the V8, as offered here for sale, with the DBS quad-headlight front end restyled to the single headlamp design presented here. This latter style remained in production on a variety of subsequent Aston Martin V8 derivatives until 1989, making this the mainstay of Newport Pagnell’s limited production for almost two decades.
In the best Aston Martin tradition, the V8 was entirely hand-built, with each example taking around 1,200 man-hours to build, using a self-built V8 motor developed by Aston Martin’s engineering chief Tadek Marek.
After this very early and rare V8 was built in 1972, the model became known as the AM V8, a model retroactively referred to as the Series 2 V8 to separate it from later models. Visual differences included twin quartz headlights and a mesh grille, with the engine adopting a Bosch fuel injection, to replace than the earlier and more troublesome carburetors.
This Aston Martin represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire an early V8 that has been subjected to an extensive and comprehensive restoration. The lucky new owner will have one of the world’s finest examples of this highly regarded, rare and desirable motor car.