8th Sep, 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 78

1977 Aston Martin V8 'S'

Sold for £71,667

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: YEL 827S
Chassis No: V811772RCAS
MOT: August 2022

  • 73,315 miles from new and current ownership since 1997
  • Offered with a collection of invoices, old MOT's and Tax discs
  • Vantage bodywork with fliptail
  • Matching numbers with 'S' series engine
  • Last serviced at 73,192 miles at the cost of £5,949.46

Retrospectively known as the ‘Series 3’, the redesigned V8 model Aston Martin was phased-into production during July 1973 and was a response to concerns over forthcoming US emission control regulations. Marking a switch from Bosch fuel-injection to quad twin-choke 42mm Weber carburation, the newcomer was visually distinguished by an enlarged air intake, an elegant, elongated bonnet ‘power-bulge’ and an altered rear window base panel. The ‘Series 3’ utilised the same steel platform chassis as its predecessor, complete with independent double-wishbone front suspension, a Watts linkage-located de Dion rear axle, power assisted rack-and-pinion steering. The luxury GT benefitted from improved engine and transmission cooling and a revised petrol tank design, which boosted luggage space. Other improvements included a revamp of the 2+2 interior with revised seats and rearranged switchgear. Initially developing some 310bhp, its cleaner-running and less temperamental 5340cc DOHC V8 engine made for a prodigiously fast motor car. By 1977, however, even tighter emission regulations had sapped peak output to around 280bhp. Aston's response was to install 'Stage 1' camshafts and an exhaust system developed for the V8 Vantage, restoring power to nearer 304bhp. Models so equipped are sometimes referred to as V8 'S'. Due to financial difficulties, the 967 Series 3 cars commissioned were produced in two phases: July 1973 – December 1874 and Spring 1976 – October 1978.

A rare and desirable original RHD home market V8 'S', chassis V811772RCAS is fitted with full ‘fliptail’ Vantage bodywork. Ordered with the special ‘S’ series engine this is an all-matching numbers car. Specified with the 3-speed automatic transmission the vendor tells us that it has a shift kit fitted. Presented with a Dark Blue body ‘YEL827S’ was last subjected to a body and chassis restoration in 1998. Inside, this ‘S’ has a cabin trimmed in Beige leather with complementing dark blue piping. Carpet footwell over mats are in matching blue over the fitted beige carpet. The cabin has been treated to front seat headrests with cushions. At some stage later electric door mirrors have been a practical addition by a previous custodian of the car. This ‘S’ was first registered in October 1977 and has been in its current ownership for 24 years, since 1997 and has covered 73,317 miles from new. The most recent service was carried out at 73,192 miles in 2018 and at a cost of £5,949.46. As part of maintenance, a new battery was fitted in March of 2021. There is a collection of receipts and invoices for work carried out and maintenance that the car has had in its ownership. The current MoT expires on August 3rd, 2022. Further to the car’s specification, an immobiliser has been fitted for added security. A jack and toolkit are present, as is a cover for the car. As part of the maintenance and care and attention to this Aston, some 20 years ago the engine had been subject to some work conducive to effective running of the car on unleaded fuel. The ‘S’ wears recent Avon 235/70/R15 tyres which were fitted at the last service, 123 miles ago. The old MoT certificates are present with the car and date back to 1987, these are in addition to a selection of spent tax discs. The vendor has taken the opportunity to grade the car as excellent with regards to the bodywork, engine, excellent, electrical equipment, paintwork, transmission, gearbox and interior trim.

Vendor Condition Ratings:

Bodywork: 'Excellent'
Engine: 'Excellent'
Electrical Equipment: 'Excellent'
Paintwork: 'Excellent'
Gearbox: 'Excellent'
Interior Trim: 'Excellent'

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 8th Sep, 2021

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