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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

1979 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)


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 headlamps 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 it's first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The AM V8 series III was introduced in London in August 1973. The important mechanical difference was the replacement of the Bosch fuel injection system by four twin-choke down draught Weber carburettors. The instrument layout was altered, as were the heating controls.
Towards the end of 1976, the 'S' specification was introduced in what appears to be a rolling production line change; verification is by the letter s at the end of both the chassis and engine numbers. The 'S' stands for stage one tune, and while the alterations may be subtle, some think that the brief 20 month production run of this model marks the high point of V8 design. 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, a 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.

Vehicle History: The service folder that comes with this lovely Oscar India allows first identification of ownership through the first service invoice on file. From marque specialist, R. S. Williams Ltd., it identifies the owner as a Mr Millington of Norbury, London SW16. The car underwent a pre-sale service with RS Williams before moving to its new owner, Graham Green. Service allegiance moved at the same time to Ian Mason where the car was regularly serviced over an ownership covering some 14,000 miles over a period of 10 years. The car then passed to classic car dealers, Hunters in Maidstone, who instigated a thorough overhaul of the bodywork prior to its sale to the current owner. The service history and available MOT certificates would tend to confirm the mileage and the car is presented in very good condition.

Summary: Aston Martin V8's, especially Oscar Indias, are enjoying a vibrant marketplace and improving values. There are only a small number of cars on the market and this represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a classic Aston Martin that will prove enjoyable and easy to use and will provide the purchaser a sound investment in the current market.

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