Left-hand drive 1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Auto 'Stage 1' Sports Saloon Registration no. Dutch registered Chassis no. V8/11891/RCAS Engine no. V/540/1891/S
Introduced in 1973, the Series 3 version of Aston Martin's successful V8 employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change, which necessitated a larger bonnet bulge, bringing with it increased torque and smoother running at low speeds. Power output of the standard car was now in excess of 300bhp and even in automatic transmission form the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out.
In January 1977 the factory introduced a series of engine modifications known as the 'Stage 1' tune, its presence indicated by the suffix 'S' applied to both chassis and engine numbers. Re-profiled camshafts and a revised exhaust, together with adjustments to the rear suspension, delivered the ultimate Series 3 V8. In this, its final incarnation, the Series 3 lasted for less than two years and is highly sought after today.
This particular car is a rare Swiss delivered 'Stage 1' Series 3, which has covered only 48,817 kilometres (approximately 30,300 miles) from new. Being to Swiss specification the car features some unique items such the headlight wipers and a 'non-smog' engine. The car was imported from Switzerland to the Netherlands in 2003. In 2008, Kroymans Aston Martin acquired and re-commissioned the car on behalf of a client, a well-known Dutch lawyer and Aston Martin collector. Work included a bare metal re-spray in Old English Pewter by the Aston Martin Authorised Bodyshop in Holland and extensive mechanical re-commissioning including a full overhaul of the braking, suspension and air conditioning systems. The fawn leather interior remains original and is in very good condition.
In 2010 the car was sold to a well-known Dutch television personality, who has used it sparingly. Maintained annually during his ownership by Kroymans Aston Martin, the car is described as in generally very good/excellent condition, benefiting from a recent engine service. Vantage alloy wheels, Cibié Oscar headlights and upgraded suspension are the only notified departures from factory specification.
Accompanied by sundry invoices and Dutch 'MoT', this highly original and unspoilt Aston Martin V8 presents a rare opportunity for the discerning collector.