1978 Aston Martin V8

Vantage - Bolt On


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    96 200 mi / 154 819 km
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    Suffolk Red
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Rare early Bolt On Vantage
Extensive history and service file
Matching numbers
Interesting history
Last of 16 built
Retains original Aero features
Huge history file dating back to 1978 detailing maintenance, restorative works, photographs and MOT certificates
Chassis, body and mechanically restored
Driven by Le Mans winner Derek Bell (at 170mph) against motorcycle legend Phil Read
Autocar Magazine Test Car

Rare, Revered and Restored. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage burst onto the motoring landscape in 1977 and was immediately described by the establishment motoring press as Britain’s fastest car.

A development of the contemporary V8 saloon, the Vantage resulted from engineering and wind tunnel development works conducted by Aston Martin to assist the 1977 Le Mans 24 hour race entrant, Robin Hamilton achieve a creditable finish in that year’s race.

Often referred to as the Bolt On Vantage of which just 16 were produced, the title refers to the unique wind tunnel developed body additions. Reducing lift and increasing stability the V8 Vantage boasted 400 bhp and was capable of 170 mph, with a 0-60 time of just 5.2 seconds. Remaining a formidable machine, the Vantage is often referred to as the original brute in a suit.

Supplied when new to its first owner by a 25-year-old Aston Martin salesman Nicholas Mee from the famed Sloane Street, London showrooms. Four decades and a superb restoration later, we are delighted to be reunited with this exceptional car. Benefitting from a highly detailed and complete history file, of some four volumes dating back as far as 1978, this rare and exceptionally well restored example, retains its original matching numbers engine and components. Driven in period by Derek Bell and Roy Salvadori, this car road tested by Autocar magazine and has been last owned for some 25 years. The car’s history file is exceptional, in detailing the sheer passion and attention to detail employed by the last owner, in maintaining, enjoying and restoring, one of Britain’s first supercars.

On show in our Hertfordshire showrooms now, the car is supplied serviced, fully prepared and inclusive of warranty.