Chassis Number: SCFDAM252TBR 79020
Engine Number: 95/79020/A
UK Registration Number: TBA
Date of first reg: 1st August 1997
Exterior colour: Mendip Blue
Interior colour: Parchment piped Pacific
Current Odometer reading:
Following the success of the Limited Edition V8 Coupe, the new ‘Vantage’ style V8 Coupe was introduced on the 5th of March 1996, at the Geneva Motor Show, alongside the DB7 Volante. Whereas all ten of the Limited Edition V8 Coupes shared many external features with the preceding Virage, the new V8 Coupe reflects the overall design themes and the smooth flowing aerodynamic lines of the Vantage, as was the case with most of the suspension system. However, it has its own distinctive design radiator intake, six spoke 18” x 8.5” alloy road wheels, and circular auxiliary driving lamps integrated within the front spoiler. Special compound 255 / 50 ZR18 Pirelli P Zero tyres were developed for the new model.
The quad cam engine has 4 valves per cylinder, (last used by Aston Martin in 1921-2) and produces 350 horsepower. This was a further development of the now legendary Tadek Marek designed all alloy V8, with its racing pedigree. Improved cylinder heads, camshafts and pistons were fitted, together with an ‘Alpha Plus’ electronically controlled engine management system. According to Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., the new V8 Coupe could reach 60 M.P.H. in less than 6.0 seconds and has a maximum speed in excess of 150 m.p.h. Naturally with the use of a three way catalytic exhaust system, the engine runs on unleaded fuel. However, for countries where leaded petrol is still the norm, a non-catalyst system was available. In effect, it is a ‘worldwide’ engine compatible for all markets.
The 4-speed automatic transmission is electronically controlled with Sport and Touring modes. Anti-lock AP / PBR brakes are fitted to all four wheels, with ventilated discs and four pot callipers. With a servo-assisted tandem master cylinder, the brakes are independent front and rear, controlled by a Bosch 4 channel ABS system. The power assisted rack and pinion steering is speed sensitive. The rear axle is fitted with a limited slip differential.
All body panels are hand crafted in aluminium. Requiring ten Connolly hides each luxurious interior could be tailored to individual tastes. Burr Walnut is used for the facia panel, centre console and door cappings, and Wilton carpet for the floor covering. There are a minimum of twelve separate coats of paint applied to each complete body. There is power assistance for the adjustment of the driver and front passenger seats. A sophisticated climate control system is provided together with a stereo, radio, cassette and CD player. For the final touch of luxury, cruise control is fitted for long distance touring.
Truly the last of the hand made Aston Martins, the V8 Coupe has fared better in the market that its earlier Virage cousin.
With a great ownership history and presented in wonderful order, this is an opportunity to acquire an Aston Martin at the right end of the investment spectrum – a real classic and the last of a great era.
The ownership history of this lovely car is extraordinarily simple. Acquired by its first owner from Aston Martin main agents, Grange of Essex, on 1st August, the car remained with that first owner until his unfortunate demise and passed to his wife on 2nd June 2008.Very little used in the intervening years, the decision was made to sell the car.
Marketed by Byron International to the current owner, it has seen little further used and represents outstanding value in today's market.
22.07.97- Mileage: 00,195- Service Agent: Grange, Brentwood
Pre delivery inspection
01.09.03- Mileage: 00,765- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service
25.08.04- Mileage: 01,217- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service, MOT, replace faulty wiper motor
22.06.05- Mileage: 01,485- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service, recharge air conditioning and check for leaks
20.07.06- Mileage: 01,571- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
MOT & replace battery. Dismantle anti roll bar and replace both drop links
20.04.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
Supply car cover
24.08.07- Mileage: 01,595- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
MOT & clean brake discs, supply and fit battery charger
18.08.08- Mileage: 01,616- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service, strip down and clean brakes
11.09.09- Mileage: 02,176- Service Agent: Grosvenor Garage, Tunbridge Wells
90,000 mile service, MOT
26.01.11- Mileage: 02,285- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service, MOT, replace HT leads and plugs. Clean corrosion front and rear discs. Remove inlet manifold and replace perished pipes and seals, replace Lamda parokes and carry out tests.
12.10.12- Mileage: 02,427- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
6,000 mile service, MOT and replace battery
03.12.13- Mileage: 02,428- Service Agent: Lancaster Sevenoaks
MOT plus other works, replace crankshaft sensor bank one
15.05.14- Mileage: 2,500- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
MOT engine repair – remove and rebuild cylinder heads, reassemble engine, replace vacuum pipes, attend to ignition wiring. Replace expansion tank cap, replace kick down cable, replace oil temp sender