1972 Aston Martin V8 (DBSV8 interim)
Aston Martin has produced bespoke sports cars for over 100 years. The company began in 1913, when founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford realised their desire to build distinctive, high quality sports cars that were both exhilarating to drive and a beauty to behold. Martin regularly competed in hill climb races at Aston Clinton, and a simple combination of the name of the event and the driver gave birth to one of the most famous automotive marques. Source: www.astonmartin.com
Whilst Aston Martin produced some wonderful cars in their early years business was always a struggle and the company was severely disrupted during both World War I and II. The company went bankrupt on more than one occasion and has endured many different owners throughout its history.
David Brown acquired Aston Martin in February 1947 and the first car produced during his ownership was the Aston Martin 2 Litre Sports, later known as the DB1, which was built in extremely limited numbers from 1948 to 1950. This was succeeded by the Aston Martin DB2 in 1950, which featured a new double overhead cam straight six engine of 2.6 litre (2580 cc) capacity and was a car that really put post war Aston Martin on the map. The David Brown era was arguably Aston Martin’s finest with the company winning Le Mans in 1959 and the sixties producing the legendary DB4, DB5 and DB6 models.
The first of the Newport Pagnell designed cars, the DBS, was introduced in 1967. The DBS was initially powered by Aston Martin’s tried and true 6 cylinder engine as the company’s new V8 engine was not ready. The DBS V8, powered by the all new 5.3 litre V8 engine was finally introduced in September 1969 and built through until April 1972.
Amid challenging financial times in the early 1970’s Aston Martin again changed hands in 1972, and soon after released its new model the Aston Martin V8. The V8 was a huge success for Aston Martin and the model essentially remained in production for the next twenty years.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer one of the very first Aston Martin V8’s built. In fact this car is one of the few early cars that carried the DBSV8 chassis number prefix and the DBSV8 badges. According to the Aston Martin Heritage Trust most of these interim cars were sold overseas to avoid any homologation issues and tricky questions. It is believed that perhaps 20 of these early AMV8’s were built with the DBSV8 chassis number prefix and DBSV8 badges. Whilst some people refer to these cars as a DBSV8 this is not correct as the cars are most certainly an AMV8. This is just another ‘Aston Martin anomaly’ that makes these early cars ‘very interesting’ and potentially very collectable.
The Aston Martin Heritage Trust – Vehicle Heritage Certificate and Aston Martin Build Sheet on file confirm that this example is a 1972 model V8 Saloon and it is an Australian delivered, factory right hand drive example. The actual production and delivery dates are not noted. The car was finished in ‘ascot grey’ with dark blue trim (DV6209) with dark blue carpets (DV6209).
The car’s early history is not known, however, it was set up as a tarmac rally car and it is understood to have finished 5th in class and 20th overall in the first Targa Tasmania held in 1992. There is an old Unique Cars advert on file from c1998 that states post its Targa Tasmania debut in 1992 the car was fitted with an Xpack handling kit and that is was ‘significantly faster’ than a V8 Vantage’! At the time the car was registered in NSW as AMX. The car is noted as having had a bare metal respray in its original silver.
A well know Aston Martin enthusiast acquired the car in late 1998. There is a pre-purchase inspection on file dated 7 December 1998 which notes the odometer as 66,465 miles. The most current receipt on file from his ownership is dated 18 December 2009, at which time the odometer was 68,236 miles.
The current owner acquired the AMV8 in June 2012, initially with a view to campaigning the car in various tarmac rallies and club events. This, however, never eventuated and the car has remained in storage and essentially not used during his ownership. We do know that the car was driven from Sydney to Brisbane for this change of ownership and this mileage coupled with those driven from December 2009 until June 2012 confirm the car has been ‘sparingly used’ in the last six years. Today the odometer reads 69,374 miles.
What the current owner has done in recent times is to convert the car to run on gas.
Today the car presents really well. This AMV8 has most likely travelled less than five thousand miles since it was repainted and overall the paint work is in very good condition. There are some minor blemishes and stone chips evident, though the front spoiler is particularly ‘bruised’ and a repair & repaint would significantly lift the appearance of the car. All of the exterior trim, chrome, lenses and glass are in good condition.
The interior looks to be very original and unrestored. The car has aftermarket seats fitted, though the original seats will accompany the car. Overall, the interior of the car is presentable though showing its age in places. The fuel tank and the interior trim in the boot have been removed to accommodate the gas tank. The engine bay is clean and tidy as you will see from the photo’s.
It takes a while for the gas pressure to build up and when it does the car turns over and the engine fires. It is immediately apparent that this V8 engine ‘has an edge’, however, it warms quickly and soon settles into a relatively smooth idle. On the open road the car pulls like a train and there is no doubt the engine is ‘something special’. The car’s previous to current owner mentioned recently that the engine was ‘just fabulous’ in this car making it an absolute delight to drive. He also commented that when he sold the car it was running extremely well and that the fuel injection system was fully sorted. The purists may raise an eyebrow at the gas conversion, however, there’s no doubt it works! The good news for the purists or in fact a buyer who may wish to return the car to its original specification is that the Bosch fuel injection system is still with the car.
On a recent test drive the car ran and drove pretty well, though the brakes are likely to require some attention (probably from the car not being used) as is the power steering pump which is very noisy.
This Aston Martin V8 will present its new owner with many different opportunities. The car could be fully restored to how it left the factory or with a little fettling remain as a well presented, ‘beast of a car to drive’ – even on gas! It could also be used as a tarmac rally car, as it was for many years during the 1990’s. There are obviously other options in between that will appeal to different people. Regardless, this very rare and interesting early model AMV8 presents a very unique opportunity.
The following original parts will accompany the car: two front seats, Bosch fuel injection system, fuel tank & fuel fillers and a set of AMV8 wheels. There is also a roll cage which has been removed from the car.
The car has an Aston Martin Heritage Certificate, a good history file dating from the late 1990’s (with many service receipts and old registration documents) and an original owner’s manual.
– an Australia delivered, factory RHD, fully matching numbers example.
– this is a unique and rare early build AMV8 with the DBSV8 chassis number prefix and DBSV8 badges.
– a fabulous colour scheme of silver/grey with a blue interior.
– the car has the rare and desirable manual gearbox.
– the odometer reads 69,374 miles, which is most likely genuine.
– this car presents many opportunities for its new owner – to restore, leave and enjoy ‘as-is’ or use it as a tarmac rally car . . . or somewhere in between!
– an Aston Martin Heritage Certificate & build sheet, owner’s manual and history file will accompany the car.
Price: AUD $179,950.
- Aston Martin V8
- 69374 miles
- 5340 cc