Bonhams | 2018-06-02 | The Aston Martin Sale | Venue : Reading, Englefield House
Lot No. : 232
Year : 1984
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : MIJ 364
Chassis No. : 12423
Estimate : £ 130,000 - 150,000
Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Sports Saloon Not Sold
* Automatic transmission
* 66,055 miles from new
* Exceptionally well documented

Shortly after reorganisation under new ownership as AML (1975) Ltd, Aston Martin resumed development of its highly successful V8. A host of improvements was to be incorporated in the forthcoming 'Series 4', scheduled for introduction in October 1978. Built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory's 'Oscar India' sobriquet, standing for 'October Introduction'. The most obvious differences were a restyled bonnet and boot-mounted spoiler while the cabin received a redesigned dashboard and centre console, and the headlining became leather rather than cloth. There were, of course, countless other improvements, most notably to the air conditioning and to the shock absorber settings.
Autocar magazine found much to commend in the 'Oscar India' tested in October 1978, reckoning that this latest example from the Newport Pagnell factory stood out as the best-built and most competently finished car it have ever known Aston Martin produce. 'It sets new standards of excellence for the company. In the past there has always been a slightly niggly feeling that one was paying an awful lot of money for a car of rather indifferent trim standards, in which the fabulous performance was not matched by the way the car was put together. Not so any more - the car is a delight, whether to drive, to travel in, or simply to look at.'
An automatic transmission model, chassis number '12423' was first registered on 1st August 1984 and purchased new from Marshall's of Cambridge by the Cambridge Optical Company. The car comes with a most comprehensive file of history, dating back to the 1980s, documenting extensive works undertaken by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd and various specialists including HWM, Trinity Engineering, Runnymead, and Aston Engineering. There are numerous MoT certificates in the file, the most recent of which was issued in September 2017. Works carried out at this time included various minor repairs to the lower bodywork.
While in the vendor's care, the Aston has shared a six-car garage with a Lamborghini Countach an early E-Type Roadster and various other exotic classics, so has enjoyed good company! Finished in Winchester Blue with magnolia leather interior, this carefully maintained and exceptionally well documented Aston Martin V8 is offered with MoT to September 2018, a UK V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned history file. A Nardi steering wheel and Ronal wheels are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

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