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From An Exclusive Aston Martin CollectionIndustrial Buildings Ltd., Uxbridge, UK (acquired new in 1980)T. Johannessen, Hertfordshire, UK (acquired by 1986)Private Collector, Germany (acquired by 1992)Straight Eight Ltd., London, UK (acquired in 1998)T. Moore, Surrey, UK (acquired by 2002)Simon Phelps, London, UK (acquired in 2006)Richard Coar, Southwold, UK (acquired by 2015)Current Owner
Benefiting from rare factory upgrades to the engine and coachwork, this scintillating V8 Saloon is a particularly desirable example of Aston Martin’s fourth-series “Oscar India” model. According to a factory production record, chassis 12221 was equipped with instruments in miles and a standard automatic transmission, and finished in Madagascar Brown paint over an interior of Fawn Connolly Vaumol leather with brown Ragley carpets.
Initially sold in April 1980 to a company in Uxbridge, UK, called Industrial Buildings Ltd., the Aston Martin was purchased within a few years by Mr. T. Johannessen, a Norwegian living in England. In late 1986, Mr. Johannessen commissioned the factory to conduct an X-Pack upgrade, a process that raised older Aston Martin V-8 engines to the specifications of the latest Vantage engine, the powerful V580X. This work included the installation of Cosworth pistons, larger carburetors with a modified intake manifold, a large-bore air box, and an upgraded exhaust system. The car was also modified with Vantage features such as a five-speed manual gearbox, sport-tuned shock absorbers, and Ronal alloy wheels.
The opportunity was additionally taken to modify the body with Vantage Volante-style coachwork features, including flared front and rear wheel arches, side skirts, and a front spoiler. The V8 Saloon is one of relatively few examples to undergo the desirable X-Pack upgrade, and one of even fewer to feature Vantage Volante body modifications. Invoices indicate that Mr. Johannessen kept the Aston Martin through at least 1990, and by 1992 the car was acquired by a collector in Germany. The Aston Martin was then purchased in November 1998 by Straight Eight Ltd., a dealership in London that conducted some freshening work.
In February 2002, the V8 Saloon was acquired by T. Moore of Surrey, UK, and additionally freshened before being sold in October 2006 to Simon Phelps of London, who stored the car from 2010 to 2015. According to a British registration, the Aston Martin next passed to Richard Coar of Southwold, UK, in 2015. Later that year the car was returned to the factory for some refurbishment, including partial rebuilds of the chassis, suspension, differential, exhaust, and brakes. New gearbox and engine mounts were installed, and the trunk was trimmed with proper new carpets.
Acquired more recently by the consignor, this factory-modified and refurbished Aston Martin was treated to a small round of additional service before being issued a FIVA Identity Card in October 2017. The beautiful Saloon is deeply documented with factory build sheets and invoices, former registrations and Bills of Sale, and owner’s correspondence. Offering marque collectors a particularly rare and desirable example, the fabulously muscular V8 would make a stunning addition to any collection.