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The Aston Martin V8
Launched in 1972 as the successor to the mechanically identical DBSV8, the William Towns-designed Aston Martin V8 or “AMV8” was the final model with its development overseen by David Brown. It went on through 1989 in several developments to become the company’s longest-running model, with one featured in the epic 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights. A true four-seater capable of a genuine 160 mph, this hand-built British GT car was at once the fastest and most elegant of its generation.
The secret to the longevity of the AMV8 was its excellent Tadek Marek-designed, alloy block-and-head 5.3-litre V-8 engine with dual overhead camshafts per cylinder bank. From 1973, the Series II I cars utilized four dual-choke Weber carburetors to produce 320 bhp. Highly effective disc brakes and sophisticated underpinnings provided excellent ride and handling. While later models were somewhat faster and more powerful, today’s collectors and marque enthusiasts regard the earlier iterations as the purest expression of the original concept.
This fine Aston Martin V8 from 1977 is a desirable, Weber-carbureted Series III example and it is one of just 967 produced between 1973 and October 1978. Numbered V8/11728/LCA, it is an original left-hand-drive, US-delivery example, factory-fitted with a desirable ZF five-speed manual gearbox and 3.54:1 rear-axle ratio. The AMV8 was factoryfinished in Ascot Grey with burgundy hides and red carpeting, the colors it continues to display today. Following completion at Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell works, the Aston Martin was shipped to the US on August 26, 1977, and sold by Classic Coachworks of Marietta, Georgia, to its first owner, Dr. Joe Edwards of Savannah on April 6, 1978. According to the car’s known history, Mr. Edwards is reported to have retained the car for approximately 10 years.
Under subsequent owner Joe Drury of North Carolina, the AMV8 was given a high-quality bare-metal repaint in the original Ascot Grey, with the car’s chassis and mechanical systems serviced and comprehensive attention paid to the charging, cooling, and heating systems. On October 22, 2010, the AMV8 was sold at just over 55,100 miles to Joseph T. Macari Jr. of Cutchogue, New York, with the car passing through three more collections until the AMV8 was acquired by the consignor. As offered, this AMV8 retains its factoryoriginal color combination, and according to the knowledgeable consignor remains excellent – both cosmetically and structurally – driving as it should and was well maintained under his tenure. Recently tuned and serviced, with less than 60,000 mi les at the time of cataloguing, this Series III AMV8 marks an exceptional opportunity to acquire and enjoy a proper and well-maintained five-speed AMV8 Coupe in wonderful condition.