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Feature car

1979 Aston Martin V8 Vantage   £240,000


Since the introduction of the AMV8 in 1972 the potential to get more power from the Aston Martin V8 engine soon became obvious as did the demand for a 'Vantage' version of the standard saloon. With revisions to camshafts and valves, inlet and exhaust manifolds, carburettors and spark plugs, a power output of close to 400bhp was achieved! A massive increase over the 325bhp of the standard V8!

Unlike previous 'Vantage' models where a more powerful engine was fitted to the standard car, the V8 Vantage became a model in its own right with improvements to drag and stability and enhancements to braking and suspension. Drag was reduced considerably by blanking off the grille and bonnet scoop and stability improved by the addition of deep chin and boot spoilers giving the car a distinctive appearance over the standard version. The V8 Vantage became the world's fastest accelerating production car at the time and is widely regarded as the world's first supercar!

Only 342 examples ever left the factory and as such these cars are very rare and have become highly sought after in recent years.

This V8 Vantage was first registered in June 1979 in Tourmaline Blue and Fawn Hide as you see it today to a Mr Huxley of Telford. Subsequently sold to a Mr Weller in 1982, who had the car maintained by Aston Martin Works service and Aston Dealer Hyde Vale Garage, and then to Mr Brace of Caterham in 1984. Mr Brace continued to have the car maintained by Hyde Vale until he parted company with it in 1990 when he sold it to the current keeper. Having only covered a further 3,000 miles the car underwent an ongoing and full restoration starting in 2000 and finishing in 2005 in time to enter the Spring Concours at Waddesdon Manor where it came 3rd in class D, Newport Pagnell Cars. The high standard of maintenance continued with a 2nd place at the Spring Concours Blenheim 2006, and a 1st at the Autumn Concours, Brooklands the same year. The car has remained in superb condition with the same standards of maintenance, care and attention to detail and has only covered a further 2,000 miles!