Chassis Number: SCFDAM259VBR 79079
Engine Number: 95/79079/A
UK Registration Number: V 80 AML
Date of first reg: 29th September 1999
Exterior colour: Rolls Royce Montrose Blue
Interior colour: Parchment piped Pacific
Current Odometer reading: 37,975
Options: Drivers air bag, 4 wheel anti-lock disc brakes, 18” x 8.5” six spoke alloy wheels.
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.
Over the past 2/3 years, the market has come to recognize the value of the classic V8 Coupe. Some of the last hand-built Aston Martins from their traditional home at Newport Pagnell – they are identified as landmark cars.
In conversation with a previous Registrar of the AMOC, the current owner discovered that the paint finish on the car, Montrose Blue, was a unique choice – the only car produced in that colour - add an appropriate number plate that stays with the car and you have a very special car.
But the real reason this car will be chosen by its next owner is its outstanding condition, its history and the pleasure derived behind the wheel – a useable and beautiful classic Aston Martin.
One of the very last of the hand-built Aston Martins, this lovely car was registered first by Grange Aston Martin as a demonstrator on 29th September 1999 and remained in their care until August of the following year when it was transferred to the appropriately named Peter James Bond!
He owned the car for two years before selling it to Jonathan Durden who owned the car for just over a year before it was registered in the name of dealer, Lancaster Cars who then sold the car in September 2004 to the current owner.
A businessman with offices in London and New York, the car has divided its time between the owner’s London home and a discreet storage facility in Hampshire while the owner is the other side of the Atlantic – this would account for the fact that although it has been the owner’s main car, the mileage total remains modest.
But modest mileages have not stopped the regular maintenance of the car and, as a result she presents beautifully and drives perfectly. It is perhaps a mark of that excellence that returning to his car outside his apartment in London, the owner found a postcard on the screen.
It was from John Heffernan who with Ken Greenley designed the car for Aston Martin alongside the contemporary Bentley Continental – he remarked on how nice it was to see one of “his” cars being used.
16.03.00- Mileage: 00,367- Service Agent: Grange Aston
Pre-delivery inspection/1,500-mile service
30.04.01- Mileage: 07,482- Service Agent: Murray Motor Co
01.02.02- Mileage: 10,363- Service Agent: Works Service
10.03.03- Mileage: 10,755- Service Agent: Grange Aston
27.07.04- Mileage: 18,851- Service Agent: Lancaster Reading
13.10.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston
Parts only: Over mats
12.08.05- Mileage: 21,823- Service Agent: Works Service
54,000-mile service, carry out 140 point check for extended warranty, clean corrosion on bonnet switch. Repair connections to left hand front fog light. Align headlights. Clean connections to brake lights. Replace kickdown cable, reset and adjust throttles, renew fan fuses, set up and tune engine. Deglaze and clean front brake pads. Replace seized caliper pistons on rear brakes and bleed system
30.11.06- Mileage: 24,811- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering
60,000-mile service, replace leaking gearbox sump gasket, replace broken oil cooler mounting. Reset geometry angles, centralise steering wheel. Replace upper wishbone bushes. Replace rear brake pads, skim rear discs, adjust handbrake linkage, bleed brake hydraulics. Replace tyres and balance wheels MOT
03.04.08- Mileage: 27,570- Service Agent: Sapia Motors
Oil & filter change
22.06.11- Mileage: 31,110- Service Agent: Sapia Motors
Oil & filter change
20.02.13- Mileage: 32,413- Service Agent: Works Service
Oil & filter change
19.04.13- Mileage: 32,553- Service Agent: Works Service
66,000-mile service, replace crankshaft damper seal, replace transmission sump filter and carry out transmission service. Reseal oil cooler pipe. Replace cam cover with new seal, replace left hand cam cover bolt, replace water pump and hoses. Replace exhaust mountings, replace leaking water valve and windscreen washer valve. Replace oil filter mounting
02.05.13- Mileage: 32,772- Service Agent: Works Service
Replace torque tube in gearbox, flush through and rebuild, refill with transmission fluid
10.07.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service London
Re-charge air conditioning
07.10.15- Mileage: 36,668- Service Agent: Works Service
Carry out engine tune, note throttle bodies adjusted previously and wrong screws fitted, vacuum pipes need renewing
08.07.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: D Wood Motorsport
Comprehensive attention to running of car, removing, cleaning and refitting manifolds, replacing vacuum pipes, purge pipes, cleared intake trumpets. Road tested system all OK. MOT
08.07.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Service Dorset
Parts only: O rings, T pieces, tubes, vacuum tubes
23.06.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: D Wood Motorsport
Carry out full lubrication service including oil/filter, auto transmission, rear differential and power steering change. Air condition service