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Aston Martin V8 Series IV  - £125,000

Chassis Number: V8SOR 12125

Engine Number: V/540/2125/S

UK Registration Number: ASV 836

Date of first reg: 7th December 1979

Exterior colour: Tourmaline Blue

Hood:

Interior colour: Blue Leather

Current Odometer reading: 143,781

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Automatic

Options: ZF Automatic Transmission


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 its first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT.

1978 was an exciting year for Aston Martin and their owners, in June the Volante was unveiled and a few months later the V8 series IV or “Oscar India” = October Introduction, became available. The revised specification of the series IV included a change in shock absorber settings, leather head lining, burr walnut dash board and door cappings, discreet integral rear spoiler, carburettor bonnet bulge with the dummy air intake now closed at the front and extensive improvements to the standard air conditioning.

Summary:

The owner passed on the service and ownership history of this lovely car to us – a ring binder chronologically ordered with correspondence, invoices, photographs and event attendance record. At the front of the file is a page with a photograph of the car performing at Goodwood in July 1990 and below it, the most apt summary that you could give a classic Aston Martin.

“144,000 miles of commuting, taking children to school, holidays, trips to the pub, sprints and hill climbs – AMOC Goodwood Sprint Class Record Holder”

If you are looking for the very best Oscar you could buy, this is it!

And to whet the appetite a little further and probably a further indicator of the care and enthusiasm that this ownership has engendered, also available are:

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5 x GKN wheels/tyres in good condition

2 front fog lights removed to increase air flow to the oil coolers

An original Pioneer radio cassette – needs repair but can return the car to originality

2 front side/indicator lights in original wrappings

Vehicle History

There are many in the Aston Martin community who will immediately recognise this much loved and beautifully presented Oscar India. First registered in December 1979 to a Mr D Shalston of Edgware in the outer reaches of London, she was bought by the current and only second owner in December of 1987.

A real Aston Martin enthusiast, the owner of ASV 836 has been a regular competitor in AMOC events in a modified Aston Martin DB Mark III and as well as being used in all the usual family ways – holidays in the South of France, family weddings and all sorts of outings – this delightful V8 has bared her teeth on the track as well! She still holds the track record at Goodwood for a standard V8 and there is silverware from Hill Climbs at Wiscombe.

The original owner used the services of Ian Mason for servicing the car and in the early years of his stewardship, the current owner followed suit. When Ian Mason retired, service and maintenance duties transferred to Tim Butcher at Trinity Motors where the original automatic gearbox was upgraded to a 4 speed ZF unit – no external difference, just enhanced acceleration and economy.

In 2008 and in acceptance that the car’s bodywork needed the same attention that had always been afforded to the mechanical side of life, the owner commissioned Alan Smith of New Romney to conduct a full body rebuild with the remit that the car should be “better than when she came out of the factory”.

There has been no let up in the excellence of maintenance, something often seen as the first flush of enthusiasm of ownership wears off. This owner’s enthusiasm for the car has continued tight up to date with the last service invoice from Trinity Engineering as recent as April 2018.

Follow this link to review the car's competition history.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EjrueBsO8-ZXTmilZk0ImAG69Yevt0y2/view?usp=sharing

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

15.07.87    66,485
27.06.88    71,732
15.12.89    78,281
20.11.90    83,147
31.10.91    87,597
08.12.92    91,652
23.12.93    94,206
06.09.95    99,276
09.05.96    01,069
20.05.97    02,664
09.02.98    04,548
02.03.99    07,312
29.02.00    10,521
27.03.01    14,908
07.03.02    20,067
13.03.03    21,840
23.04.04    23,722
13.12.06    27,525
03.07.08    30,597
01.05.09    32,316
08.04.10    33,476
13.05.11    35,848
04.05.12    38,076
16.05.13    39,145
03.06.14    39,969
28.09.16    40,433
13.04.18    43,295

Service and Maintenance Record

24.03.84- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Remove parts as necessary to fit service exchange radiator, refill, topped up all levels, road test car

04.08.84- Mileage: 44,645- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers. Rectify slack on throttle mechanism. Fit new steering rack gaiter and shock absorber bush

22.02.85- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 10,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers, new front pads fitted, new drive belts, new headlamps

24.10.85- Mileage: 54,973- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers.New bulbs fitted, carbs reset. Replace front axle mounting, new washer pump. Fit new over-riders

23.05.86- Mileage: 59,819- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 20,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers new rear pads fitted. New set of drive belts fitted. Remove gearbox sump, clean, adjust and refit. Replace inlet manifold hoses. Timing case oil seal and steering rack gaiter replaced. N/S door lock lubricated

20.08.86- Mileage: 60,925- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Replace exhaust system and fit new aerial

28.03.87- Mileage: 64,237- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers new front pads fitted. New headlamp bulb, new N/S door rubber seal, fit exchange front bumper

15.12.87- Mileage: 68,542- Service Agent: J R Etheridge

Change fan coupling

12.03.88- Mileage: 69,113- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 10,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers new front pads fitted. Handbrake calipers adjusted, new throttle rod fitted. Replace starter motor, fit new air con switch. Clean and underseal car, waxoyl sill sections. S/fit rear seat belts

29.04.88- Mileage: 70,415- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Remove door pads, attend to new switch and electrics for door mirrors and lubricate door lock solenoids. Make up and fit stainless-steel kick plate fitted adjacent to bonnet release. Remove dash panel to allow fitment of return springs to front vent flaps. Prepare and locally spray near rear vent panel

23.06.88- Mileage: 71,232- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Supply and fit service exchange gearbox

01.07.88- Mileage: 71,737- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Gearbox service (FOC) and prepare for MOT

02.11.88- Mileage: 74,473- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers . Reposition rear silencers, fit new clamps. Adjust drive belts and king pin thrust pads, adjust headlights and check anti freeze levels

13.01.90- Mileage: 78,281- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Repairs to estimate and replace broken screen

23.01.90- Mileage: 78,281- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out repairs as per estimate – sills, jacking points etc (£16,649.24)

23.01.90- Mileage: 78,281- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 10,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers, new front discs fitted, handbrake cables and calipers checked and adjusted. New mirror motor fitted, new engine mountings, replace axle carrier. Fit new trailing arm, new set of console switches. Fit Harvey Bailey Handling Kit. S/fit Cobra Alarm system, stereo/graphic equaliser and s/fit auxiliary driving lamps

03.04.90- Mileage: 79,406- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Centre rear lap belt fitted

04.08.90- Mileage: 81,593- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Replace auto transmission pipe (box to cooler) – check levels and anti-freeze

10.11.90- Mileage: 82,740- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers . All drive belts adjusted, new fuel pump fitted, anti-freeze checked, tracking checked and reset

21.02.91- Mileage: 83,311- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Service exchange water pump, fit and connect new solenoid to O/S door lock

24.04.91- Mileage: 83,551- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Check over car prior to Silverstone test day, fit new mounting to axle carrier

04.06.91- Mileage: 84,028- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 2,500-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Dismantled front hubs and re-packed with new grease, refit with new seals., fit new HT lead set. Service exchange radiator fitted. Dismantled o/s & n/s top wishbones and shim to create negative camber for track. Straighten gear box tie rod

09.07.91- Mileage: 84,904- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Drain petrol tank and send for specialist repair, replace and then clean out fuel lines and carburettors, replace fuel filters

13.07.91- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

4 x new tyres and valves + 4 reconditioned road wheels

28.09.91- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Check out car prior to Oulton Park, check brakes and replace rear pads, fit new studs to exhaust manifolds, repair pipes from oil cooler, adjust wheel bearings, check steering track, check tyres and pressures

03.12.91- Mileage: 88,153- Service Agent: Ian Mason

New thermostat and gasket fitted, rectify connection to headlamp

06.05.92- Mileage: 88,568- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 10,000 mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers, new drive belts, new track rod end and new wishbone bush, new voltage regulator and new jet to carburettor, new mirror motor. Check flow rate on fuel pump and adjust, check electrical fault on cigar lighter circuit

03.07.92- Mileage: 89,541- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Fit full flow competition oil cooler, fit large capacity aluminium sump to auto gearbox. Carry out general check prior to Silverstone meeting. Remove rev counter for specialist re-calibration. Remove and rebuild gearbox and torque converter

23.07.92- Mileage: 90,425- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out gearbox service, carry out general check prior to Goodwood Sprint, new front brake pads fitted, new exhaust clamps fitted. Remove and clean fuel tanks then clean all lines and carburettors to remove water

24.08.92- Mileage: 90,761- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Remove front seats, remove leather, repair seat frame and fit new packing foam and recover with matching leather. Refit

15.10.92- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Fit new voltage stabiliser, fit exhaust repair bandages to flexi pipes

28.12.92- Mileage: 91,651- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out repairs as per estimate. Repair cruciform section of exhaust, fit new exhaust section, MOT

25.04.93- Mileage: 91,993- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carrying out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission and external body services. Cleaned and checked all brake pads and calipers. Repair door light wiring and prepare and reshape boot lid.

08.06.93- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Check for misfire, carried out compression check, changed plugs, changed voltage regulator and cleaned all idle jets.

21.12.93- Mileage: 94,206- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Check prior to MOT, check alarm system, lubricate steering and suspension, replace bulb in drive lights

31.08.94- Mileage: 94,923- Service Agent: Ian Mason

General check over, change oil and filter, new vacuum valve fitted to servo line hose, new front brake pads fitted, new electric aerial fitted, lights check, air con evacuated and re-charged

28.04.95- Mileage: 97,422- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Service and check prior to Silverstone test day, replace n/s/f lower wishbone/reactor strut bushes, adjust king pins and bearings check track. Fit new throttle rod bearing. Cleaned underside and re-applied underseal and waxoyl.

18.09.95- Mileage: 99,276- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out general check prior to MOT, adjust wheel bearings, adjust handbrake calipers, replace broken o/s door handle

05.06.97- Mileage: 002,664- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Remove fuel tank for reconditioning, new carpet felt and leathercloth fitted in boot. Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over prior to MOT. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack

06.10.97- Mileage: 003,888- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Replace inhibitor switch on gearbox and remove alarm for specialist repair

17.02.98- Mileage: 004,548- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over prior to MOT. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Replace rear pads, lubricate handbrake calipers, replace handbrake pads, check and adjust o/s & n/s thrust pads. Dismantle both front hubs, fit new bearings and pack with grease, refit reconditioned alarm MOT

18.06.98- Mileage: 005,604- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out general check and change oil & filter

27.07.98- Mileage: 006,526- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Remove defective Opus ignition system, replace with a constant energy system, set ignition timing

24.03.99- Mileage: 007,312- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out 2,500-mile service, chassis, body transmission and electrical as per service book. Change oil & filter, gearbox and axle oils, replace dash board bulb, fit FIA battery switch

27.04.00- Mileage: 010,521- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Oil & filter change, change axle oil, check wheel bearings, repack with grease. Fit new hub seals, new front pads fitted. MOT

10.05.00- Mileage: 011,702- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Fit new offside oil cooler, fit new stop light switch to pedal box, remove gearbox and torque converter, fit new drive plate to rear of crankshaft, carry out gearbox service replacing tail shaft seal and selectra seal, refit all parts

16.02.01- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Petersfield Auto Electrical

Attend to charging, fit new regulator

22.06.01- Mileage: 012,314- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Fit new o/s oil cooler, clean oil off underside of car and brakes

18.05.01- Mileage: 014,908- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Oil & filter change, change axle oil. Drain gearbox, remove sump to replace transmission filter, refit sup with new gasket. Check tappet clearances and set valve timing. Check and adjust o/s & n/s front hubs and king pin thrusts

01.04.02- Mileage: 020,049- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Prepare and repair/paint corroded areas around front screen aperture. Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical service and check prior to MOT. Check and adjust drive belts, check fuel pump and flow rate. Check all pads and calipers, lubricate handbrake. Check front wheel bearings and king thrust adjustments, replace track rod end. MOT

04.04.03- Mileage: 021,840- Service Agent: Ian Mason

Carry out annual engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Oil & filter change, change axle oil, check wheel bearings, repack with grease. Fit new hub seals, new front pads fitted. MOT

25.05.04- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Alan Smith Motors

Patch n/s door sill outrigger and inspect steering and cooling system for leaks

28.02.05- Mileage: 023,856- Service Agent: Racing Technologies

S/fit aluminium radiator and install wiring harness, make up bracketry for 2 electric fans on new radiator. Remove both rear drive shafts, strip and clean, inspect sliding joint assembly, renew boots and repack with synthetic grease, renew Hardy Spicer joints, refit assemblies. Rebuild front brake calipers and replace brake fluid with higher spec. fluid. Measure corner weights and suspension. Design new springs and front anti-roll bar. Calculate new damper valving – front dampers converted with a top adjustment facility for rebound only. Overhaul steering rack. Remove all front suspension units, plastic coat components, re-assemble with new bushes and joints

28.09.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Longstone Tyres

4 x 235/70VR15 tyres & tubes

23.09.05- Mileage: 026,178- Service Agent: Racing Technologies

Repair handbrake mechanism, top up brake fluid, change spare wheel with n/s/f, adjust front hub bearings

28.06.06- Mileage: 026,764- Service Agent: Racing Technologies

Check over vehicle for track day. Renew front brake pads, renew downpipe gaskets, wire up fan relays for fans to run only on ignition, top up engine oil

30.11.06- Mileage: 027,689- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Change oil & filter, replace drive belts and adjust, replace vacuum retard pipes and switch, replace spark plugs & shrouds, replace fuel pump and fuel filter, replace air filters and cooling hoses, replace engine mountings, fit later spec air conditioning pump and regas system. Remove gearbox and replace with 4 speed ZF unit, overhaul differential overhaul drive shafts and replace rear wheel bearings. Replace power steering high pressure pipe, replace return hose, replace front wheel bearings. Grind front discs, replace rear discs, replace all flexible hoses, overhaul brake calipers, overhaul master cylinder, fit new brake pads, bleed system. Lubricate chassis, replace lower manifold gaskets, replace silencer link sections, replace spring hanger. Reweb front seat belts. Fit new CD/radio and Cobra 7928 Thatcham 1 alarm

05.02.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Brooklands Motor Company

Refurbish wheels, remove dents with suction cups, machine polish and touch in

07.12.07- Mileage: 030,457- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Carry out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, new front discs fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack, change track rod ends. Oil & filter change, check wheel bearings, repack with grease. New front and rear pads fitted. Replace lower wishbone bushes and brake reactor strut bushes, replace anti-roll bar link. Replace leaking brake servo MOT

04.03.08- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Alan Smith Autos

Comprehensive body and chassis rebuild and repaint in original Tourmaline Blue – re-assembly included new windscreen seals, brake pipes, all electrical items checked and car MOT’s – 896 labour hours on a £35,000 final account

16.10.08- Mileage: 030,621- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Reset idle speed and mixture settings, replace emission plugs. Fabricate new air intake flanges and bond against bulkhead, connect new air hoses and secure in position. Refit dislodged speedo cable, replace starter motor relay

08.05.09- Mileage: 032,278- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Carry out 5,000 engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Replace both steering UJ’s and Rotoflex coupling. Oil & filter change, change axle oil, check wheel bearings, replace front anti-roll bar bushes. MOT

12.08.09- Mileage: 033,062- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Replace n/s upper manifold, replace n/s camshaft gasket.

08.04.10- Mileage: 033,481- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

S/fit new twin oil coolers, adjust n/s/f upper king pin ball joint, replace n/s track rod end. Remove o/s/r hub and outer bearing, replace spacer shim, refit and lubricate. Replace rear brake pads. MOT

12.05.11- Mileage: 035,845- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Carry out 5,000-mile engine, chassis, transmission, body and electrical check over. Checked brakes, new front pads fitted, check and adjust drive belts, check steering rack. Oil & filter change, change axle oil, check wheel bearings, replace needle valves, mend o/s manifold, replace differential mounting, replace n/s inner driveshaft uj’s . Replace steering rack pinion seals, replace steering rack balance air pipe. Replace bonnet check strap, replace driver’s door mirror switch. MOT

04.05.12- Mileage: 038,090- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Oil & filter change, replace broken oil temperature sender unit, replace o/s oil cooler, replace spark plugs, replace air filters, fuel filters, replace header tank cap. Inspect differential unit, inspect steering and replace track rod end. Make up new brake pipes, fit new rear brake pads, replace handbrake cable and pads, adjust handbrake linkage. MOT

22.05.13- Mileage: 039,159- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Clean and re-gap spark plugs, replace fuel filter, carry out full engine service. Replace o/s differential mounting, check steering, check suspension. Bleed braking system, carry out full 5,000-mile service and MOT

05.10.16- Mileage: 040,461- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Oil & filter change, fit Iridium spark plugs, replace distributor cap, fit new HT leads, replace fuel filter, replace fuel lines. Evacuate and re-gas air con system. Check steering, suspension and transmission. Replace rear dampers and reset rebound settings. Replenish brake fluid and bleed system, lubricate and inspect chassis. Fit new battery and replace isolator switch, carry out full 5,000-mile service and MOT

27.06.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Vehicools

Full aircon re-gas and test

16.04.18- Mileage: 043,314- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Replace oil & filter, replace cam shaft cover gaskets, clean and re-gap spark plugs, replace fuel filter. Manufacture new aluminium radiator and fit to car, replace alternator with service exchange unit. Replace manifold gasket. Replace worn diff mountings and radius arm nuts. Check steering and suspension. Replace front brake pads, lubricate chassis, carry out full 5,000-mile service and MOT


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