1977 ASTON MARTIN V8 Series IIIView vehicle description
In 1967, Aston Martin had a larger, more modern looking design ready to replace the DB6, but they had no engine. They released the car with the straight-six Vantage engine from the DB6, and the car became known as the DBS. Two years later, a V8 engine was ready and the DBS V8 was introduced. By 1973 the straight-six was phased out and the car became known as the V8.
The V8 is a grand tourer manufactured by Aston Martin from 1969 to 1989. The cars were hand-built, a regular practice with classic Astons, and each car required roughly 1200 man-hours to complete. Approximately 4,021 units were constructed.
This specific Aston Martin is a V8 Series 3, an easy way to identify a Series III V8 is by the raised hood scoop. The hood was modified in order to fit 4 twin-choke Weber carburetors underneath. In 1977, Aston responded to claims of decreased engine power year after year and upgraded the engine with new camshafts and a new exhaust. These upgrades brought the car back up to 305 hp while still meeting emissions regulations.
On the Outside
Finished in the iconic Aston Martin metallic silver, Ascot Gray, we can’t get enough of this V8’s looks. A walkaround of the vehicle shows no major damage that has been done to the exterior. There is a scrape on the driver’s door and that is genuinely the biggest observable piece of damage on the exterior. The chrome around the car is straight and free of wrinkles, glass is clean and free of chips and cracks, the OEM wheels need to be scrubbed down, and although remaining tire tread appears to be decent at best, we always recommend a new set. Overall, we would say that this V8 has been stunningly preserved on the outside. Let’s go deeper.
On the Inside
The interior of this V8 was done with black leather, navy leather, and light blue carpeting. The three shades surprisingly come together quite nicely even though black with navy blue is often considered offensive in fashion these days. Regardless, let’s take a closer look from the top down. Up at the ceiling, light green cloth lines the roof. The headliner hangs tightly in place and shows some stains. The navy-blue seats look right at home, but unfortunately, they also show heavy creasing that hasn’t yet damaged the leather’s integrity. The rear bench is in better shape as far as creasing goes, but there are a handful of tiny holes scattered about in the back seat. The dashboard is clean, and all of the gauges mounted within it are easily readable. The light blue carpet that covers the floorboards really adds a wonderful touch of color without going overboard. The floormat in both the driver and passenger footwells would benefit greatly from a deep cleaning, but don’t appear to show any damage otherwise.
Under the hood, we see a normal engine bay with all of its various components seemingly in their proper locations. A power washing would really liven this area up, but it’s in decent condition even if left as is. Under the car, the frame is dirty, and the exhaust shows discoloration that is commensurate with the age of the vehicle. Surface corrosion is present underneath the vehicle, though we are unsure to what degree it has spread.
We have a Car Record Card for the vehicle. It tells us that when it was shipped to the USA in February of 1977, the car was painted Ascot Gray, with blue trim and Onslow Blue carpets. In 2008, the car was titled in Rochester, New York. The seller purchased this Aston from a dealer in 2010 located in Milton Keynes, England.
What We Think
The Aston Martin V8s are about as cool as they come. Fantastic British styling, a roaring V8, and a fantastic color combination make today’s example a real knockout among the competition. There are very few bumps and bruises both inside and out, and thanks to that the work required to deal with them could be described as minimal at best. Out of the box this V8 would make a great driver’s car, and it’s only a few steps away from being show-worthy. All things considered; we are abundantly confident that this Aston will have little issue reaching its $60,000 - $90,000 estimate.
It should be noted that 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’.
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