Aston Martin V8




Aston Martin V8

Year of production 1972 - 1989

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Aston Martin V8

The Aston Martin V8 is a two-door saloon-type automobile manufactured in the United Kingdom from 1969 to 1990.

Aston Martin's customers had been clamouring for an eight-cylinder car for years, so Aston Martin designed a larger 2-door saloon for V8 applications. The engine was not ready, however, so in 1967 the company released the Aston Martin DBS with the straight-6 Vantage engine from the Aston Martin DB6. Two years later, Tadek Marek's V8 was ready, and Aston released the DBS V8. With the demise of the straight-6 Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, now called simply the Aston Martin V8, became the company's mainstream car for two decades. It was retired in favour of the Aston Martin Virage in 1990.

Aston Martin DBS V8

From 1969 through 1972, Aston's top car was the DBS V8. Though the body and name was shared with the six-cylinder Aston Martin DBS, the V8 sold for much more. The body was a modern reinterpretation of the traditional Aston Martin look, with a squared-off grille and four headlights. Distinguishing features of the V8 model are the larger front air dam and lack of wire wheels, though some six-cylinder DBS cars also used the V8's alloy wheels. The tail lights were taken from the Hillman Hunter.

Marek's V8 engine displaced 5.3 L (5340 cc/325 in³) and used Bosch fuel injection. Output was not officially released, but estimates center around 315 hp (235 kW). The DBS V8 could hit 60 mph (97 km/h) in 5.9 seconds and had a top speed of nearly 160 mph (257 km/h).

A DBS V8 was to be used by Roger Moore in the television show, The Persuaders. However, no V8 car was ready, so a six-cylinder DBS was modified to look like a V8 for use in the show.

Aston Martin V8

In April, 1972, the DBS V8 became just the Aston Martin V8 as the six-cylinder DBS was dropped, leaving just this car and the Vantage in production. Although David Brown had left the company, he had overseen development of this model.

Series 2

The Aston Martin V8 became known as the Series 2. Visual differences included twin quartz headlights and a mesh grille. Series 2 cars, produced from 1972 through July 1973, used a similar engine to the DBS V8. Just 288 Series 2 cars were built.

Series 3

The car switched back to carburettors for Series 3 in 1973. These cars are distinguished by a taller hood scoop to accommodate four twin-choke Weber carbs. The car produced 310 hp (231 kW) and could reach 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds with an automatic transmission or 5.7 with a manual. Performance suffered with emmissions regulations, falling to 288 hp (215 kW) in 1976. The next year, a more powerful "Stage 1" engine with new camshafts and exhaust brought it back up to 304 hp (227 kW).

Production of Series 3 cars lasted from 1973 through October 1978, but was halted for all of 1975. 967 examples were produced in this time.

Series 4 ("Oscar India")

The "Oscar India" specification was introduced in October of 1978 at the Birmingham International Motor Show. Visually, the former scoop on the bonnet gave way to a closed "power bulge", while a spoiler was integrated into the tail. Most Oscar India cars were equipped with a Chrysler "Torqueflite" 3-speed automatic transmission, with wood trim fitted for the first time since the DB2/4 of the 1950s. Just 291 Oscar India models were built from 1978 through 1985.

Series 5

The fuel injected Series 5 cars were introduced in 1986 at the New York Motor Show. The compact Weber/Marelli system no longer needed the space of the previous carburettors, so the bonnet bulge was virtually eliminiated.

Only 61 Series 5 cars were built before production ceased in 1989.

James Bond

James Bond's car ("B549 WUU") in the 1987 film, The Living Daylights is somewhat confusing. At the beginning of the film, the car is a Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante (convertible), complete with Vantage badges. The actual car used in these scenes was a preproduction Vantage Volante owned by Aston Martin Lagonda chairman, Victor Gauntlett. Later, the car is supposedly fitted with a hardtop ("winterised") at Q Branch. However, these scenes actually feature a pair of non-Vantage Aston Martin V8 saloons retrofitted with the same number plate and Vantage badges as the car in the beginning, among other "optional extras" like spiked tyres, skis, lasers, and missiles. Clearly, the car was intended to be seen as a Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, however.

Produced sub-models Models

Vantage
1977 - 1989
(Oscar India)
1978 - 1986
Vantage Volante (007)
1978 - 1987
Vantage Zagato Mule
1978 - 1985
Volante
1978 - 1986
Vantage Volante
1986 - 1989
Volante (Weber efi)
1986 - 1989
Zagato
1986 - 1988
Long Wheelbase saloon
1987
Zagato Volante
1987 - 1989

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Aston Martin V8 buying guide (1972-1989)

The early 1970s weren’t the best of times for Aston Martin. The David Brown era had ended when Sir David sold up in 1972, and new owners Company Holdings were, by their own admission, ‘not car people’. As if to confirm their lack of empathy, when the DBS V8 was relaunched under the new regime, it was to be known simply as the Aston Martin V8, the ‘DB’ part having been dropped ‘for marketing reas...

James Bond's V8 Vantage Volante

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was hailed at its 1977 introduction as "Britain's First Supercar" for its 170 mph (270 km/h) top speed. Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it used high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves and bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output. Straight-line performance was the best of the day, with acceleration...

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

After producing six cylinder engined cars for around two decades, Aston Martin introduced the DBS V8 late in 1969. Under the DBS' the long bonnet a new V8 engine was installed. Designed by long time Aston Martin engineer, Tadek Marek, the engine had made its public debut in the less than successful Lola T70 Le Mans racer. The advanced engine featured double overhead camshafts and Bosch Fuel Inject...

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Model Year Document Language Size Pages
V8 1988 amv8 parts catalogue vin 12032 15001.pdf English 20.5 MB 430
V8 1979 amv8 to 1979.pdf English 206 KB 1
V8 Vantage 1972 - 1989 vantage parts catalogue.pdf English 9.5 MB 321
V8 1972 - 1989 v8 volante parts catalogue.pdf English 8.72 MB 284
V8 1972 - 1989 v8 coupe parts catalogue.pdf English 8.3 MB 280

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V8 Zagato Volante 1989 1989 aston martin zagato volante low res.pdf English 371 KB 1
V8 Vantage 1980 am v8 vantage 81 auto test.pdf English 1.78 MB 6

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V8 1977 dsc02685.jpg English 396 KB 1

Data sheets and catalogues (10) Add

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V8 1980 aston martin v8 1980 brochure.pdf English 2.91 MB 10
V8 1980 aston martin v8 1980 specifications.pdf English 721 KB 7
V8 Volante 1979 v8 vantage vol.pdf English 312 KB 2
V8 Volante 1978 v8 volante.pdf English 533 KB 2
V8 Vantage 1975 am vantage.pdf English 751 KB 4
V8 1973 - 1978 astonmartin l series 3.pdf English 1.29 MB 3
V8 1972 - 1989 am v8 series 2 brochure.pdf English 1 MB 4
V8 1972 - 1989 aston martin v8 volante brochure.pdf English 1.41 MB 4
V8 1972 - 1989 aston martin v8 series 3 brochure.pdf English 2.62 MB 4
V8 1972 v8.pdf English 429 KB 2

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V8 1977 ppg astonmartin 1977.jpg English 256 KB 1

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Engines


Year Engine code Fuel [ccm] Cylinders [kW] [Nm] No. of
valves
1978 1985 Vantage Zagato Mule V8 Vantage gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 291 kW 16
1985 1989 Zagato V8 Zagato gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 322 kW 536 Nm 16
1987 1989 Zagato Volante V8 Zagato gasoline 5 341 8 / Furcate 322 kW 536 Nm 16

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1974 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 5.3 (326 cui) V8

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Fuel gasoline. 3-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 5 341 ccm (326 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate.

1987 Aston Martin V8 5.3 (326 cui) V8

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Fuel gasoline. 3-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 5 341 ccm (326 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate.

1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 5.3 (326 cui) V8

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Fuel gasoline. 4-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 5 341 ccm (326 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate.

1977 Aston Martin V8 Long Wheelbase saloon 5.3 (326 cui) V8

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Fuel gasoline. 3-speed Automatic transmission. Engine 5 341 ccm (326 cui), 8-cylinder, Furcate.

Timeline

1970 1980
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
(Oscar India)
Vantage Volante (007)
Vantage Zagato Mule
Volante
Vantage Volante
Volante (Weber efi)
Zagato
Long Wheelbase saloon
Zagato Volante
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1970 1980