5,340cc DOHC V8 Engine
4 Dual-Throat Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 6,000rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Original US delivery LHD V8
*Two owners in the last three decades
*Retains matching-numbers engine
*Offered with copy of factory build sheet
THE ASTON MARTIN V8
Aston Martin had always intended the DBS to house its new V8 engine, but production difficulties meant that the car first appeared with the DB6's 4.0-liter six. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavyweight DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 finally arrived in 1969. With an estimated 315bhp available from its 5,340cc four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph, a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. After Aston Martin's acquisition by Company Developments in 1972, production resumed with the Series 2, now known as the Aston Martin V8 and distinguishable by a restyled front end recalling the looks of earlier Astons. The most successful Aston Martin ever, the V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, enjoying a record-breaking production run lasting from 1969 to 1988, with 2,919 cars sold.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
This V8 Volante was built in May of 1982. The car was equipped with a left-hand drive steering arrangement and a 3-speed automatic transmission, just as it appears today, and destined for the US market. The Volante was finished in Ravens Black over a Natural interior with Natural piping and a matching Natural top.
The Aston Martin's early history remains unknown, but it is first recorded in Oklahoma City in 1993 with 8,247 miles. In 1995, the Aston traveled from its home on the range where the antelope play to verdant greenery of the Berkshires, Massachusetts. Enjoying the lovely roads around the homesteads of Herman Melville, W.E.B. DuBois, and Lime Rock Park, by 2007 the Aston was recorded as having just over 14,300 miles when it was sold from the collection of Earl Kramer of West Stockbridge, Massachusetts to the UK.
Upon returning to the country of its birth, the V8 was fitted with the more attractive and svelte European-style chrome bumpers. Purchased by the current owner on April 15, 2008 with 14,444 miles on the odometer, it has since had its speedometer (and those odometer) replaced with a European KM/H unit that had been re-zeroed and currently shows 9 kilometers—likely the amount of distance covered in the last 14 years. Given the lack of recent active use, some professional attention directed at the mechanical elements of the car is recommended before wringing it out on the roads.
The V8 is increasingly being appreciated by collectors as an important cornerstone of the Aston Martin story in America. After recommissioning, this V8 would make a lovely cruiser once again.