1997 ASTON MARTIN V8 Coupe

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1997 ASTON MARTIN V8 Coupe

Background

The Aston Martins that followed on from the DB6 were very obviously from the pen of a different designer.

They took their aesthetic cues from the design zeitgeist of the 60s and 70s, not the 40s and 50s. They also tipped an unapologetic and undisguised nod to America’s muscle cars – the Ford Mustang in particular.

When William Towns’ aggressively beautiful V8s reached the end of their long run, Aston took an altogether different aesthetic direction once again.

Out went any kind of homage to steroidal pony cars, in came the Virage, and with it a more modern sculpted look underpinned by de Dion tube rear suspension and a double wishbone unit at the front.

Despite its size and weight, the Virage was a lively performer, thanks largely to the latest iteration of Tadek Marek’s V8 power unit, a 32-valve 5.3L (5,340 cc) V8 delivering 330bhp and 364 lb⋅ft of torque. In automatic guise, the Virage could reach 60 mph in about 6.5 seconds.

The aluminium-bodied V8 Coupé was introduced in 1996 (two years after the introduction of Ian Callum’s DB7) as a development of the original Virage. It featured a revised version of the 32-valve 5.3 litre V8 - which added 24bhp - and, in common with its more powerful Vantage sibling, it boasted numerous all-round improvements courtesy of new owners Ford.

The most distinctive frontal feature was the new mesh grille and, along the side

panels, body vents originally intended for the Virage were introduced.

While not as brutally fast as the Vantage, the V8 Coupé was still good for 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and had the refinement and ride quality to make it a highly accomplished grand tourer.

Production of the V8 Coupé ceased with the introduction of the Vanquish in 2000.

Only 101 V8 Coupés were ever built, with just 71 RHD versions.

The Vehicle

This motor car is being sold as part of an overseas collection. It has been imported under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond and is therefore subject to 10% duty and also VA (20%) if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The duty/tax is calculated on the final selling price. For example, if the car sells for £40,000, then £4,000 duty is added plus £800 VAT, PLUS VAT on the hammer (£8,000) is added, making the total amount payable of £52,800.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.

A company buying the car will have to pay VAT on the hammer price, as well as duty + VAT.

Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £350 for processing the NOVA application, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and thus allow you to register the vehicle with the DVLA

In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.

We have not started or driven the car so cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality. It will require recommissioning prior to road use and is sold ‘as seen’.

It is available for view and inspection at our HQ near Abingdon and we will be delighted to show the car to you and/or your appointed engineer.


In common with many vehicles from the vendor’s collection, the car comes with very little history.

We haven’t tried to start or drive this RHD auto V8 Coupé and can therefore only attest to its cosmetic condition.

We know that the VIN is SCFDAM2S7VBR79047.

We know that the mileage was recorded as being 28,405 on the occasion of its last recorded service on 8.2.05.

We know that, today, the odometer reads 32,340 miles.

And we know that it was bought for the vendor’s collection of static display vehicles in 2013.

On the Outside

In general, this car presents very well indeed and the bodywork is broadly free of any dinks, dents and creases of significance. The paintwork, too, has held up impressively.

Get close up and personal, however, and a few minor flaws swim into focus.

There is a spot of cracked paint and a bit of bubbling at the bottom of the o/s/f wing near the door, plus a scuff at the top of the door on the same side.

Both fuel filler flaps have some paint chips on them, and the o/s one has a small dent in it. There are also paint chips on the leading edges of the doors.

There is a little bit of micro-blistering and a few stone chips on the bonnet, and some scuffs on the o/s/r wing, the n/s sill and the rear bumper.

There is a small patch of bubbling at the base of the rear screen on the o/s.

The wheels, lights, lenses, glass and badging all look good.

The exterior rubber trim is just starting to warp and lift here and there.

On the Inside

The interior condition is really very good indeed.

The cream leather upholstery with red piping is in excellent condition, and shows a level of creasing that’s more in keeping with the car’s low mileage than its age. It just needs to be introduced to a moist chamois.

The seats, front and back, are comfortable, supportive and, as far as we can tell, functional.

The door cards, carpets, mats and headlining are all excellent.

The wood veneers and lacquer are in fine fettle on the dashboard, centre console and door cappings.

The instruments, gear lever and steering wheel all seem to be in commendable shape.

We can’t make any claims about the functionality of switches, knobs, levers, toggles, buttons, dials or other electrics as we haven’t tried to start the vehicle.

Underneath

As expected, the undersides of the car appear to have a good deal of structural integrity and we’ve seen nothing more than an entirely standard bloom of superficial rust dust here and there.

Clearly, you’ll want to take a look for yourself.

The engine (hand-built by Roy Robarts) and engine bay look very clean and dry.

History Highlights

The car doesn’t come with a full history, but it does have a stamped Aston Martin dealer and specialist service history up until 2005:

  • 9/10/97 - JCT600 Specialist Cars - 1,658 miles
  • 17/6/98 - JCT600 Specialist Cars - 6,502 miles
  • 25/5/99 - JCT600 Specialist Cars - 11,348 miles
  • 20/5/00 - JCT600 Specialist Cars - 17,779 miles
  • 22/6/01 - JCT600 Specialist Cars - 19,348 miles
  • 8/2/05 - Post Vintage Engineers - 28,405 miles

Currently, this car has neither an MoT certificate nor a V5. It must be registered in the country of your choice and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this. Any paperwork shown in the gallery in no way constitutes any kind of licensing or registration certification.

What We Think

Only 71 RHD Aston Martin V8 Coupés were ever built.

We haven’t tried to start or drive the car so our understanding of it is somewhat limited.

That said, provided the car’s engine and mechanicals prove to be in proper working order and amenable to recommissioning, we think this hand-built, low-mileage V8 Coupé is just a few minor jobs away from being a top-quality example of a very desirable car.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £40,000 - £60,000, plus bond payment and £350 NOVA fee.

Viewing is always encouraged. This particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; we are open weekdays between 9am-5pm, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage options plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping.  

BORING, but IMPORTANT: Please note that whilst we at The Market always aim to offer the most descriptive and transparent auction listings available, we cannot claim they are perfect analyses of any of the vehicles for sale. We offer far greater opportunity for bidders to view, or arrange inspections for each vehicle thoroughly prior to bidding than traditional auctions, and we never stop encouraging bidders to take advantage of this. We do take a good look at those vehicles which are delivered to our premises for sale, but this only results in our unbiased personal observations, not those of a qualified inspector or other professional, or the result of a long test drive.

Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using simple cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

Please note that this is sold as seen and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.

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Seller

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 32340
  • Chassis Number: SCFDAM2S7VBR79047
  • Engine: 5340
  • Gearbox: auto
  • Steering position: RHD
  • Colour: Red
  • Interior: Cream Leather
  • Estimated Price: £40,000 - £60,000

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