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Aston Martin V8 Series III - £SOLD

Chassis Number: V8/11919/RCAS

Engine Number: V/540/1919/S

UK Registration Number: XJP 422 S

Date of first reg: 7th July 1978

Exterior colour: Red

Hood:

Interior colour: Beige Leather

Current Odometer reading: 30,428

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Automatic

Options: Auxiliary Driving Lights


Background

Background:

Announced in April 1972, the AM V8 is an extensively modified version of the DBS V8 which was announced in September 1969. Externally, the grill was entirely new, no longer sweeping across the complete front but now tailored between the head lamps reminiscent of the earlier six cylinder models such as the DB3S. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made it’s first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT.

The AM V8 series III was introduced in London, August 1973. The important mechanical difference was the replacement of the Bosch fuel injection system by four twin-choke down draught Weber carburettors, which produced a notably smother performance at low engine speeds with greater flexibility. To accommodate the carburettors, the bonnet bulge had to be deepened slightly and it was continued as a low bulge, to the trailing edge. Improvements were also made to water, oil and automatic transmission cooling and a new insulation material was used for the engine bulkhead and under the bonnet. There are detailed improvements inside the car, revised front seats; passenger’s door locked, electrically, from driver’s side; revised switches and heating controls: fuses below the glove compartment; larger ashtray; fuel tank redesigned to increase luggage space. The Autocar road test (September 6th 1973) of a car with automatic transmission, gave 0 to 60 m.p.h. in 6.2 seconds and a maximum 146 m.p.h.

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Summary

The Aston Martin V8 Series III with the ‘S’ specification engine is recognized as one of the best and most sought after examples of the model. And this particular V8 Series III ‘S’ has to rank as a cracking example.

Is she perfect? No, she is a car that offers a new owner the opportunity to continue the good that has gone before but the scope to add their own values, personal and monetary, to the car.

Definitely one to go top of any buyers list!

Vehicle History

First registered in July 1978, the car had a total of 7 registered keepers in the first 9 year of its life but it was acquired by the current owner in January 1987 and has remained his passion to this day.

For the past 30 years, it has been garaged in a space it shares with a dehumidifier and is one of what AM Heritage record as 237 ‘S’ specification Series III V8 Saloons.

There is a clear record of servicing prior to the current owner taking stewardship of the car and those records show a speedometer change at 38,288 miles. The history continues with a perfect MOT record which in turn give confidence in the overall mileage that the car had covered.

The history continues with a record of regular attention, oil and filter changes done annually irrespective of mileage. It has a Transgo shift-kick modification on the automatic gearbox, a stainless steel exhaust system with upswept straight through pipes supplied by Aston Martin replacing the rear upswept silencers.

Modifications continue with electronic ignition, twin electric fans with a speed controller linked to a temperature sensor and an uprated alternator. And of course, 30 years of Aston Martin ownership would not be complete without the obligatory sill replacements in 1990 and more welding in 2008.

In all a great maintenance history for an outstanding car.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

24.09.86    01,502
02.10.87    03,435
16.09.88    05,931
03.10.89    08,060
19.11.90    09,252
15.10.91    10,325
29.10.92    11,784
12.11.93    12,661
18.11.94    13,232
20.11.95    14,249
04.01.99    14,806
11.01.00    15,914
09.01.01    17,160
16.01.02    18,561
07.01.03    19,748
12.01.04    20,812
18.01.05    21,778
05.01.06    22,719
17.01.07    23,644
16.01.08    24,580
06.01.09    25,427
19.01.10    26,206
06.01.11    26,780
13.01.12    27,532
14.01.13    28,455
16.04.13    28,599
07.04.14    29,112
07.04.15    29,699
13.04.16    30,428

Service and Maintenance Record

05.09.78- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Sheffield Tyre & Battery

500 mile service

01.05.79- Mileage: 5,000- Service Agent: DD Tyres

5,000 mile service, check tracking, swap tyres around, plugs changed, rear axle oil changed

01.04.80- Mileage: 10,104- Service Agent: Sheffield Tyre & Battery

Service, oil change, grease all and rear bubs

02.02.81- Mileage: 14,202- Service Agent: Sheffield Tyre & Battery

Service and supply & fit two new tyres

20.01.82- Mileage: 18,822- Service Agent: D Hayward

Service, oil & filter change, brake check grease etc

08.03.83- Mileage: 28,294- Service Agent: Machon Bank Motor Co

Service

04.10.84- Mileage: 36,129- Service Agent: CMC Cars, Stockport

Service

13.03.85- Mileage: 00,110- Service Agent: CMC Cars, Stockport

Pre-delivery service

31.12.86- Mileage: 01,858- Service Agent: Chapman Spooner

Sale of car to current owner

23.01.87- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chapman Spooner

S/fit number plates

09.02.87- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Oil & Filter change

17.03.87- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Workshop manual

29.07.87- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Lower o/s/f suspension, re-tap suspension retaining mounting threads, check and adjust alignment, check all suspension bolts. Renew power steering belt. Remove fuel tank and flushed fuel system. Stripped carburetors and clean, renew spark plugs, renew heater valve and computer tune engine

21.10.87- Mileage: 03,446- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Supply and fit exchange steering rack and reconditioned PAS pump. Fit reconditioned radiator. Change spark plugs, oil & filter

24.11.87- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Lamp

14.07.88- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Trunking, clips, plate

16.09.88- Mileage: 05,913- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Full service & engine tune, remove cam covers to fit new gaskets, check timing chain tension, check pads and lubricate.

20.02.89- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Valve

02.05.89- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Jaystock

Parts only: Cruciform

19.05.89- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Superdrive Motoring Centre

Various parts

14.07.89- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Lower gearbox and replace both gearbox mountings and stabilizer bushes. Strip both doors and fit new lock barrels and keys. Adjust handbrake cable

03.10.89- Mileage: 08,060- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Full service and tune engine. MOT and associated repairs. Flushed cooling system and refilled with anti-freeze. Removed n/s/f hub assembly and fitted new. Note: Chassis corrosion needs addressing.

09.04.90- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AutoGroom Valeting

Full Valet

21.11.90- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Removed carpet & rear seats, weld in new box chassis assembly & plated n/s chassis, replaced inner and outer sill panels. Stripped front suspension and fitted new ball joint & bushes listed for MOT

26.11.91- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Concorde Auto Services

Remove rear axle cage and renew parts listed

16.06.92- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Plugs, copper washers

02.09.92- Mileage: 11,634- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

Replace exhaust system from cruciform backwards

05.04.93- Mileage: 12,143- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

To supply 2 new front tyres. Make to pattern and fit offside front air dam plate

05.12.94- Mileage: 13,245- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

Carry out full service, replace cracked heater valve, supply and fit n/s lap seat belt. Rewire front dip beams correctly renewing faulty wiring. NB fuse box in poor condition. Replace n/s & o/s flex brake hose, replace n/s engine mount bracket, replace front to rear brake pipes

13.07.95- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Bibsworth Garage

Remove A/C compressor, remove broken bolts and refit unit. Dismantle rear brake caliper hand brake linkage and free o/s linkage. Re-assemble and refit. Adjust handbrake, bleed brakes, refit brake pipe, fit new temperature gauge sender unit. Fit new clutch slave cylinder and bleed system

20.10.95- Mileage: 14,123- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

Replace faulty servo valve units and bleed brake system

19.04.96- Mileage: 14,483- Service Agent: Bibsworth Garage

Oil & filter change

28.06.96- Mileage: 14,579- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

Strip out front suspension, renew top & bottom ball joints, renew top wishbone bushes, renew track rod ends, renew front anti-roll bar bushes, renew top damper bushes, renew steering column u/j, adjust tracking

17.07.96- Mileage: 14,579- Service Agent: Wraith Motors

Replace stop light switch

07.01.98- Mileage: 14,833- Service Agent: Hendon Welding & Servicing

Service, oil & filter change

02.02.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Engineering

Parts only: Pump points assembly, suppressor, exhaust manifold

10.02.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Hendon Welding & Servicing

Fit stabilizer for gearbox, exhaust manifold, SU pump

17.06.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Starter motor

06.01.00- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: RH radius arm bracket, plug, washer

01.02.01- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Hendon Welding & Service

Service, oil & filter change, radiator flush & MOT

17.01.02- Mileage: 18,500- Service Agent: Hendon Welding & Service

Service, MOT, pump

14.01.03- Mileage: 19,770- Service Agent: Hendon Welding & Service

Service, new air pump, new radiator

31.01.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Plug lead set, rear brake pads

07.05.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Boot floor

12.01.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Outer door handle

28.01.04- Mileage: 20,833- Service Agent: Automobile Technique

Service, oil & filter change, plugs, belts, fit door handle, MOT

09.03.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Alternator control unit

14.06.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Window lift motor

20.07.04- Mileage: 21,396- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Check for reported engine oil leak, fit new head gaskets, fit new electronic ignition system, trace fault to alternator, refit battery isolator switch

22.09.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Gaskets x 2

05.01.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Automobile Technique

Oil flush, oil & filter change, MOT & anti-freeze

20.05.05- Mileage: 22,071- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Fit new radiator, fit new n/s front wheel bearing, repair bad earth to wiper motor, repair bad earth to steering column, fit dampers to rev counter impulse lead

07.07.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto Interiors Ltd.

To restore and colour Aston Martin leather

31.05.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Wembley Tyres Ltd

4 x 135/70 V 15 tyres, wheel balancing

08.10.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Bridge Works

Supply & fit compressor to Aston Martin, recharge system and test

23.11.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Reconditioned alternator

05.12.06- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Automobile Technique

Fit reconditioned alternator

18.10.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Stop light switch

14.01.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Automobile Technique

Service, MOT, brakes, welding, clan underside & spray

29.02.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Temp transmitter

09.01.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Automobile Technique

Service, engine flush, oil & filter change, MOT, headlamp bulb, brake balance

18.03.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Compressor fan belt

24.03.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Ball bearing seals

30.03.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: reconditioned water pump

20.04.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Exhaust manifold gasket

27.11.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Puddleduck

Parts only: Coupling

22.01.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto-Tech Technology

Small service, ex repair

13.09.10- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Parts (inc Puddleduck)

Parts only: Exhaust manifold gasket, Inter flange gasket

04.01.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Parts (inc Puddleduck)

Parts only: 3 outlet water valve

06.01.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto-Tech Technology

Service and hoses

22.07.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Parts (inc Puddleduck)

Parts only: Electric fan, Thermostat switch for electric fan

13.01.12- Mileage: 27,532- Service Agent: Road Runner Service Centre

Oil service, exhaust repair, clean and adjust brakes, adjust headlamp aim

15.01.13- Mileage: 28,453- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Service, oil and air filter change, anti-freeze top up

16.04.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Parts only: rear brake pads, brake pin clips

11.09.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Brake disc assembly, rear brake pads, handbrake pads, reconditioned rear brakes LH & RH

16.09.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: rear brake pads, brake pin clips

18.09.13- Mileage: 28,598- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Recovery house to garage – garage to house, brake fluid

29.10.13- Mileage: 28,834- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Recovery house to garage – garage to house, brake fluid

07.04.14- Mileage: 29,106- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Oil & filter change

07.04.15- Mileage: 29,700- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Oil & filter change

02.03.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Boot lid hinge

13.04.16- Mileage: 30,428- Service Agent: Auto-Action

Oil & filter change, fit new spark plugs, fit boot hinge springs

13.04.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Exhaust lower manifold, inter flange gasket

20.10.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Derby Plating

Copper, nickel and chrome plate Aston Martin V8 bumper

28.11.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin

Parts only: Gearbox sump gasket


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