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Lot 154

1972 Aston Martin V8 Coupé

  • Chassis no. V8/10534/RCA
  • Engine no. V/540/396

Sold for £117,875

Documents: US Title

  • Rare early Series 2 V8 model with the fuel-injected DBS-type engine
  • Only 288 examples made between April 1972 and July 1973
  • Factory right-hand drive; original numbers-matching engine
  • Quality restoration by marque specialists with numerous desirable upgrades

This Aston Martin V8 is an extremely rare early Series 2 model, with the mechanically fuel-injected DBS engine, as supplied by the factory. Aston Martin records note that it was built in 1972, finished in Imperial Blue over Dark Blue, to right-hand-drive specifications for shipment to Hong Kong, and that it was powered then, as it is today, with engine number V/540/396.

The car was acquired by a previous owner from Tim Butcher of Trinity Engineering 15 years ago. At the time, Trinity Engineering embarked on a complete and thorough, two-year restoration in silver, with both photographs and $150,000 of receipts on file, making this, without a doubt, one of the finest early V8s available. As part of this work, all mechanical systems were redone, the automatic transmission received a modern shift kit, the suspension was gone through, a handling kit and telescopic shocks were installed, the air conditioning rebuilt to modern standards and numerous upgrades fitted. These upgrades included a Vantage front air dam, ‘Oscar’ driving lights, a PoW Nardi wood steering wheel, Oscar India-type burled walnut veneers, a leather headliner and an audio system uprated on-par with the modern Aston Martin Vanquish Linn type, for extraordinary sound.

The car today records 31,000 original miles, with 6,000 miles completed since its Trinity restoration, and is in beautiful order. It would be an outstanding example to drive and enjoy in a spirited fashion, as a gentleman’s express is intended to be.

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