1986 Aston Martin V8 Automatic Sports Saloon Registration no. D477 BJB Chassis no. SCFCV8155HTL12534 Engine no. V/585/2534
Launched in January 1986, the Aston Martin V8 Series 5 adopted the latest Vantage specification, engine excepted, the following year and thus boasted the Vantage's revised bodywork and 16" wheels. Fuel injection was re-introduced on the Series 5, this time a Weber system rather than the earlier Bosch. Power output of the standard car was now quoted as 305bhp, and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarising its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine concluded: 'A well-equipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys,' while Performance Car, also testing a V8 Auto in 1978, reckoned Aston Martin: 'have set out - it has been so for years - to make a car of character, with a chassis of conventional but exceptional ability and manners, with enough performance from its hand-built engine to stand most comparisons and the prestige of English bespoke coachbuilding.'
This fuel-injected left-hand drive Aston Martin V8 was purchased new by Mr Antonio Veiga of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and supplied for use in France. The car was delivered to him at Claridge's Hotel in London on 20th November 1986 and a few days later was driven to Paris. Used throughout 1987, the Aston was then placed in dry storage at a Paris chateaux where it remained for the next 25 years, forgotten about by its owner who had returned home to Brazil. The vendor's son had no knowledge of the car until 2013 when he received a telephone call from the chateaux's owners, who wanted the car removed.
It has recently returned to the UK and been issued with an age-related registration number. Some re-commissioning has been carried out: the fuel tank has been removed and flushed out; all fuel lines cleaned; engine oil and filter changed; air filters replaced; brakes serviced and fluid changed; and the handbrake repaired. However, it should be noted that the fuel filter, automatic gearbox fluid and rear axle oil have not been changed. After re-commissioning the car was driven for 40 kilometres. Notified faults are as follows: defective fuel gauge and radio aerial; Cobra alarm disconnected; and front brake efficiency not up to standard.
Currently displaying a total of only 14,570 kilometres (approximately 9,000 miles) on the odometer, this 'chateaux find' Aston Martin V8 is offered with current MoT/tax and V5C registration document.