1976 Aston Martin

1976 Aston Martin


Seller tells us this Aston Martin V8 Saloon is a Series 3 car, meaning it has the 4 downdraft Carbs and large front opening hood scoop. It was built during the Sprague/Minden Aston Martin Lagonda (1975) era which is a positive thing. The VIN number places it almost exactly half way through the Series 3 production run. It differs from the later S3 Cars by having the chrome instrument bezels instead of the later black ones. This is a numbers matching car retaining all of its original mechanical components. Sold new into Texas, the car was sold in the mid 1990’s to Winnipeg Manitoba enthusiast for approximately $18,000. In Winnipeg the owner commissioned a a cosmetic restoration and full mechanical rebuild from 2004-2008, incurring bills of more than $75,000, not including the purchase price. After the restoration the car was driven approximately 1000miles.
Aston Martin’s DB6 replacement, the DBS/V8, had an amazingly long life.  The American influenced, William Towns designed car was produced from 1967 to 1989, with approximatley 4,800 being built in total.  The first V8 cars debuted in 1969 and were badged ‘DBS V8’ which ran along side the DB6 engined 6 cylinder DBS for a couple of years, until the inline 6 was dropped in 1972.  With David Brown forced to sell the company to look after his tractor business later that year, the car was simply called the Aston Martin V8 Saloon, with Volante (convertible) and Vantage (high performance) variants following later in the 1977 and 1978 years respectively.  The V8 was the mainstay of Aston production until Oct 1989 when production ended and the car was replaced with the Virage. The cars had the De Dion rear suspension with inboard rear disk brakes from the DBR1 and power steering and limited slip from the DB6.  American air conditioning kept things cool.  Aston went away from the Touring Superleggera body construction of the DB6 to a steel monocoque with aluminium body panels.
Aston Martin’s DB6 replacement, the DBS/V8, had an amazingly long life. The American influenced, William Towns designed car was produced from 1967 to 1989, with approximatley 4,800 being built in total. The first V8 cars debuted in 1969 and were badged ‘DBS V8’ which ran along side the DB6 engined 6 cylinder DBS for a couple of years, until the inline 6 was dropped in 1972. With David Brown forced to sell the company to look after his tractor business later that year, the car was simply called the Aston Martin V8 Saloon, with Volante (convertible) and Vantage (high performance) variants following later in the 1977 and 1978 years respectively. The V8 was the mainstay of Aston production until Oct 1989 when production ended and the car was replaced with the Virage. The cars had the De Dion rear suspension with inboard rear disk brakes from the DBR1 and power steering and limited slip from the DB6. American air conditioning kept things cool. Aston went away from the Touring Superleggera body construction of the DB6 to a steel monocoque with aluminium body panels.
Find these beauties here on eBay out of Calgary Canada with a starting bid of $70,000

 


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