"Aston Martin's customers had been clamouring for an eight-cylinder car for years, so Aston Martin designed a larger two-door saloon for V8 applications. The engine was not ready, however, so in 1967 the company released the DBS with the straight-six Vantage engine from the DB6. Two years later, Tadek Marek's V8 was ready, and Aston released the DBS V8. With the demise of the straight-six Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, now restyled and called simply the Aston Martin V8, became the company's mainstream car for nearly two decades. It was retired in favour of the Virage in 1989. The ‘Oscar India’ specification was introduced in October 1978 at the Birmingham International Motor Show. Visually, the former scoop on the bonnet gave way to a closed ‘power bulge’, while a spoiler was integrated into the tail. Most Oscar India cars were equipped with a Chrysler ‘Torque Flite’ three-speed automatic transmission, with wood trim fitted for the first time since the DB2/4 of the 1950’s. Just 352 Oscar India models were built from 1978 through to 1985.
An Oscar India is arguably the most sought after of Aston Martin V8's and this example must be one of the best examples on the market today. Delivered to its first owner, Mr Heathcoate of Philip Cornes Ltd of Redditch on 30thJanuary 1980, the history folder reveals that the company sold the car locally to a Mr Startin of Studley, on 30th March 1987 when the mileage was recorded at 60,000 miles. Mr Startin maintained the car through his tenure before ownership passed within the family to Mathew Startin. Acquired by the current vendor in 2015, the Aston has resided in his significant collection and is exercised occasionally. Having had just four owners from new, it is presented in very good order and has been maintained to a very high standard throughout its life. The history file that accompanies the Oscar India is sizeable and includes the original service book and leather bound owner's manual. This beautiful example of the much sort after Oscar India, is offered with a very attractive estimate, an excellent opportunity to acquire a very good looking example.