This 1978 Aston Martin V8 is a left-hand-drive Series III example that was dispatched to the US in December of 1977 and offered new at the Hollywood showroom. Finished in black over tan leather, the car is powered by its original 5.3L quad-cam V8 and is equipped with a five-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel ventilated disc brakes, a 2+2 seating configuration, air conditioning, power windows and locks, and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt AM/FM radio. The selling dealer acquired the car earlier this year and subsequently had the lower rocker panels repaired. Paint correction was also carried out, and the results of recent compression testing can be seen in the listing below. This Aston saloon is now offered as part of DriverSource’s Spring Motoring Collection with an Aston Martin Heritage Trust certificate, a binder of records, and a clean Texas title that describes the car as a 1979 model.
Aston Martin V8s were assembled by hand at the company’s Newport Pagnell factory, with each car taking approximately 1,200 hours to complete. Series III models are equipped with a more pronounced hood scoop to accommodate their Weber carburetors, and fewer than 1,000 examples were built between 1973 and 1978. Note the side vents located just aft of each front wheel arch, a classic Aston styling feature.
Delivered from the factory in Raven Black (ACR 5030), this car was repainted in its current black during previous ownership. The boxed lower rocker panels were repaired in April of 2020 by Metalcraft Racing of Houston, Texas, and a paint correction was performed by Cavallo Auto Salon of Houston later that month. Close-up photos of the Lucas and Hella lights can be seen in the gallery below, along with images of the Triplex glass etchings.
The 15″ alloy wheels show “Aston Martin Lagonda 1975” stampings and wear older Kumho tires, sized 235/75. A spare wheel with an older Avon tire is mounted under the trunk floor, as pictured in the gallery. The brake boosters were reportedly overhauled by White Post Restorations of Virginia during previous ownership.
The car was delivered with Magnolia (VM 3997) leather upholstery and Sandringham Beige carpets. The leather was re-dyed and black carpets were added during previous ownership. Amenities include power-assisted steering, air conditioning, power windows and locks, rear seatbelts and headrests, and a glovebox-mounted map light. A tear is present in the dash pad and can be seen in the gallery.
A leather-wrapped steering wheel frames Smiths instrumentation, including a 170-mph speedometer and 7k-rpm tachometer. Just over 52,500 miles are shown on the five-digit odometer. New wiring, rocker switches, driver’s seat padding, a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio, and EPI speakers were installed by a previous owner.
The Tadek Marek-designed 5.3L quad-cam V8 features alloy construction and a 90° angle between its cylinder banks. Induction is from four Weber carburetors, and factory-rated output was over 300 horsepower. The ignition and intake systems were reportedly serviced during previous ownership, and the fluids and filters were also replaced. Recent compression test results can be seen in the gallery, showing between 131 and 143 psi across all eight cylinders.
Photos of factory plates and markings are pictured above and include block stamping V/540 1812, which matches the engine number shown on the chassis tag and Aston Martin Heritage Trust certificate.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a ZF five-speed manual gearbox. Braking is from vented discs all around, mounted inboard out back.
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