1979 Aston Martin V8
Year of manufacture1979
Chassis numberV8SOR 12147
Number of seats2
Property of a deceased's estate
1979 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 'Oscar India' Sports Saloon
Registration no. UEY 652T
Chassis no. V8SOR 12147
Chassis number '12147' is an example of the much improved Series 4 Aston Martin V8. Introduced in October 1978 and built from then until 1986, these cars are generally known by the factory's 'Oscar India' sobriquet, standing for 'October Introduction'. In January 1977 the factory had 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, and this enhanced specification was standard on the 'Oscar India' cars. The 'Oscar India' was in production for almost eight years with a total of 293 built, of which 224 are known to be right-hand drive and 64 left-hand drive.
'12147' was supplied new in July 1979 via Zubair Enterprises, the Aston Martin agents in Oman. The Aston's early history is not known for certain; however, The Aston Workshop's documentation on file states that it eventually ended up belonging to a former employee of the Sultan of Oman, who collected the car, by then partially restored, in the UK. Aston Workshop was then contacted to advise on the work required to complete the rebuild.
Works already carried out included bodywork refurbishment and a full re-spray; chassis refurbishment and under-sealing; and a full interior re-trim. Shortly after the restoration recommenced, the owner died and Aston Workshop purchased the car from his estate. They then embarked on a full re-commissioning, which included the following: full refurbishment of the braking system including The Aston Workshop's front brake upgrade; full refurbishment of the suspension and steering; a complete overhaul of the gearbox; full refurbishment of the engine bay's ancillary components; full refurbishment of the electrics; and the installation of a new stainless steel exhaust system.
In October 2018, The Aston Workshop sold the car to the recently deceased owner, from whose estate it is offered today. Running to several pages, The Aston Workshop's detailed invoice (dated 16th March 2018) is on file (inspection recommended) together with assorted email correspondence, a current MoT, and a V5C Registration Certificate.