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Rex Broughton, Manchester, UK (acquired new in 1977)Martin Daly, Derbyshire, UK (acquired from the above in 1998)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2008)
Aston Martin 40th Anniversary Victory Celebration at Le Mans, 1999London Concours, 2018 (First in Class)
In 1977, Aston Martin upgraded its V8 model with a performance package centered on a Vantage-tuned engine that featured larger carburetors and a revised camshaft profile. This Vantage model adopted several aerodynamic modifications to the standard saloon coachwork, including a covered hood scoop and radiator grille, along with chin and tail spoilers. At the time of its introduction, the V8 Vantage was the world’s fastest four-seat production car and is considered by some to be the first British supercar. The first examples of the V8 Vantage were built with a bolted-on fliptail spoiler before the coachwork was redesigned with a formally molded unit. These early cars are consequently exceedingly rare and desirable.
This beautiful V8 Vantage is believed by the consignor to be the 13th of the 16 bolt-on fliptail cars, and it benefits from modest use and fastidious care by three dedicated owners. As detailed in a substantial file of documentation, chassis 11736 was factory finished in Storm Red, trimmed with black leather, and distributed in September 1977 to UK-based agent and Le Mans racer Robin Hamilton. The car was sold two months later to its first private owner, Rex Broughton, the managing director of an eponymous firm based in Manchester.
Mr. Broughton’s correspondence demonstrates great effort to document the Aston Martin, as he returned the car to the factory several times for maintenance and recorded a service log through 1998 (at which point the odometer displayed 34,986 miles). Around 1986, the Vantage was parked in a climate-controlled garage, and it was serviced and started periodically while remaining in storage for the next 12 years.
In late 1998, Mr. Broughton commissioned a freshening of the Aston Martin, and by early December the car was sold to Martin Daly of Derbyshire. The new owner took the Vantage to France three times for use in vintage events, including the 40th anniversary celebration of Aston Martin’s 1959 Le Mans victory held in June 1999.
In April 2008, the Aston Martin was purchased from Mr. Daly by the consignor, a marque enthusiast based in Switzerland. Under his purview, the Vantage has continued to benefit from care and maintenance, and its enduring quality was recognized with a class win at the 2018 London Concours, where the car was featured in the visitor’s guide.
Endowed with an unusual degree of rarity, this bolt-on fliptail Vantage’s impressive authenticity is furthered by the presence of its matching-numbers engine, per its factory build record. Accompanied by a tool roll, jack, factory brochures, V8 workshop manual, correspondence, and its FIVA Identity Card, the striking early V8 Vantage should appeal to any marque enthusiast, offering a rare complement to even the most nuanced collections.