Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 version of Aston Martin's successful V8 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection; this change, which necessitated a larger bonnet bulge, bringing with it increased torque and smoother running at low speeds. The (undisclosed) power output of the standard car was estimated as in excess of 300bhp, and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Autosport quoted a top speed of 162mph for the manual transmission version, while Autocar declared that the new Aston Martin V8 was: 'A well-quipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys.' After one of Aston Martin's periodic financial upheavals and a lengthy hiatus in production, cars began leaving the Newport Pagnell factory again in the spring of 1976.
According to the accompanying Aston Martin Lagonda guarantee certificate, this matching-numbers Aston Martin V8 was first registered in the UK on 1st August 1976 as 'OYL 887R'. The car was purchased new that same year from Aston Martin Sales in Knightsbridge by Mr Robert Rusk, who was the Australian Aston Martin Parts Distributor at the time. He bought the car for his own use, and at that time was considering taking on the Aston Martin distributorship in Australia. When this did not eventuate, he sold the car in 1978 to an AMOC member in Victoria, who passed it on again at 42,000 miles in October 1986. Subsequently, the Aston had three private owners, including the Managing Director of the Penrite Oil Company, and in November 2015 was shipped to Europe with a recorded mileage of 84,400.
Fitted with a factory sunroof and the desirable ZF five-speed gearbox, this Aston Martin V8 has known history and has always been well maintained and cared for by each of its former owners; indeed, the original interior remains in excellent condition. Described by the vendor as mechanically and structurally sound, and said to drive well, it would benefit from a full repaint in its original colour (still visible in places). Representing a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a Weber carburettor-equipped car with the ZF gearbox, '11471' is not UK registered but comes with all EU import duties paid.