I purchased car in September 2002 with 67286 miles recorded. The car had some service history with various invoices, mostly form Aston Service Dorset, and with the previous owner having bought the car just a year earlier. The car had apparently been in storage for six years prior to his purchase. The car was originally built in March 1973 as a coupe finished in cornish gold and was converted by Paul Banham in 1980 to a Volante and repainted storm red. Paul Banham (Banmoco) became well known for his cabriolet conversions on Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Ferrari, Daimler and Jaguar cars. Full details of the Banham Astons can be found at http://www.astonmartins.com/car/v8-convertible-by-paul-banham.
I spoke to Paul shortly after I bought the car and he said the it was owned by a member of Bob Geldof’s ‘Boom Town Rats’ who wanted it converted to a Volante.
Between 2003 and 2004 I just used the car on the occasional sunny day and it was serviced and MOT’d with local classic car dealer. I joined the AMOC and attended a few meetings and asked around as to who was the best person to have the car properly ‘sorted’ by. Everyone recommended Tim Butcher at Trinity Engineering (www.trinityaston.co.uk) and so I took the car to Tim and asked him to look over it. He basically said if you want to keep it and bring it back to how an Aston should be then it needs a lot of work. So, in the beginning of 2005 it underwent a full chassis and mechanical restoration with Aston specialist Trinity Engineering, which was finally completed in May 2006. This included a complete engine overhaul, new automatic transmission, new wheel bearings, track rod ends, complete suspension rebuild with new bushes etc, brake overhaul, electrical overhaul and complete chassis overhaul with many new sections, sills etc. In short, everything was done to bring the car to mechanical and structural excellence. The interior was re-connolised. The cost was over £35,000.
From 2006 to 2012 I again just used the car on the occasional sunny day and my local classic dealer, Jennings, continued to do the MOT’s and routine yearly servicing and Trinity looked after anything more major.
In 2007 a new alternator + ancillaries, speedo drive, viscous fan, stainless exhaust silencers, driving lamps and interior cubby box were fitted by Trinity.
2008 Fuel pump was rebuilt.
2009 Interior vinyl trim replaced with black leather - dash, under dash panels, dash top, door panels, door tops and arm rests. New carpets were also fitted.
2011 Roof frame was overhauled and repaired. Structural repairs to the A posts and windscreen pillars. New windscreen and seal. Cost was over £5000
Unfortunately I was little able to use the car used from 2012 onwards due to work commitments. Mileage at MOT in September 2012 was 73580. It was SORN in 2013. MOT in May 2014 at 73846 miles. SORN again between 2015 - 2018 and kept in dry garage during this time.
In March 2018 I took the car back to Trinity and they completed another major overhaul with the mandate to do whatever was necessary to again bring the car to mechanical excellence. Work done included:-
engine - new gaskets to inlet manifolds, plenham chambers, pipework, cam covers, new cam bungs, new throttle linkage ball joints, complete service. Fuel Injection tuned.
electrical - HT leads replaced, new starter motor, relays, new fuel tank sender, battery replaced, new windscreen washer pump, hoses, wipers.
cooling - new radiator, new water pump
transmission - new inhibitor switch, gaskets, mountings, oils seals, diff oil seals, hub seals
steering - new steering rack, pipework, track rod ends, kingpin ball joints.
front suspension - new upper bushes and anti-roll bar links
brakes - all callipers overhauled with new stainless pistons, seals, pipes, hoses, new servo, handbrake callipers overhauled.
wheels - all wheels specialist refurbished and new Avon Turbospeed tyres fitted
chassis - repair to front edge boot floor, OSR chassis leg, wing fillet, jack point, radius arm and floor area. Spare wheel cavity sealed.
New MOT to April 2019. Mileage 74012
Cost over £27,000
The cars bodywork has always been excellent and has been maintained as necessary by local car bodyshop throughout my ownership.
In short this is a truly superb Aston and if it were a totally original Aston Volante it would be worth well over £200,000 in this condition. The reason I am selling it is that I won’t have time to use it due to work commitments and having got the car to excellence again it would be shame for it to be sitting in a garage unused.
Driving this car is just awesome. The fuel injection used on the Mk 2’s produces nearly as much power as the Vantage and way more than the carburettor V8’s, so the performance is fabulous. Nothing beats slipping it into 1st gear at 40 mph, flooring the throttle and blasting off. The noise and sense of occasion is exhilarating. My Mercedes E400 Cabriolet may be technically far superior but the Aston is the most fun. Hopefully someone else may soon come to enjoy that.
**Please note: This vehicle is currently nearing completion of a comprehensive total restoration with completion scheduled within the next few weeks. This, without doubt, will be among the very best examples available of this increasingly iconic classic Aston Martin
The Aston Martin V8 is an automobile .....
ASTON MARTIN 5.4 V8 SALOON, 1974
MILEAGE: - 37,200 MILES ONLY
DEEP CARRIAGE GREEN WITH BLACK BRIDGE OF WEIR HIDE
FACTORY SPECIFCATIONS INCLUDE: - BORG WARNER AUTOMATIC GEARBOX, LEATHER BUCKET FRONT SEATS, WEBER CARBURETTORS, OVERRIDERS, KENT ALLOY WHEELS, TWO REARGUARD FOG LAMPS, QI FOG AND SPOT .....
Stratton Motor Company are pleased to offer this 1975 Aston Martin V8 Saloon,
Finished in Celeste Blue with Blue Leather/Hide Interior,
Carburettor Car, one of only 967 examples,
Centre glove box,
Very original and exceptional car,
Recorded mileage 66,109
For further .....
Stratton Motor Company are pleased to offer this 1981 Aston Martin V8 Saloon,
Finished in Metallic Windsor Red with Magnolia Hide Interior with Burgundy piping,
Upgraded to Vantage Specification including Vantage wheel arches, spoilers and grill,
Uprated engine fitted with .....
ONLY 22000 MILLES.RHD U.K SPECIFICATION CAR . FULL SERVICE HISTORY FROM OFFICIAL ASTON MARTIN DEALER . LOOKS LIKE NEW . METEORITE SILVER EXTERIOR WITH IRON ORE RED INTERIOR . FULL OPTION . SPORTSHIFT . VIN : SCFBE04B57GD07465.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL : 0032 3 886 39 10 .
OR MAIL TO [email protected] .....
This highly developed Aston Martin V8 race car ahs been campaigned by Chris Scragg for the past five years with numerous wins and podium places to its credit. Built by a father and son team who have become recognised as experts in maximising the power that can be extracted from these engines, the car .....
This Vantage has it all, Sat/nav., Electric Seats and Heated Front Screen,19"Alloy Upgrade just refurbished with new rear tyres,Tracker, Parking Sensors, Red Brake Calipers with new discs and pads,This Face lift model has 9 stamps in the service book and has had only 2 owners, it is in superb condition .....
1974 Aston Martin AMV8 convertible For Sale. This recently restored car is one of the original Aston Martin V8 conversions produced by specalist converter Paul Banham in the 1970's.
This car is finished in Balmoral Green with cream and piped green leather seats, with a matching dark green hood and .....
In 1959, Aston Martin won the Le Mans 24 hour race; indeed, so far the marques only outright victory in the French classic. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of this great victory, the company produced the ultimate V8 Vantage. Unveiled at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show, and available with both standard .....
Aston Martin AM V8, 1978, very original, 47,000 miles only. Glorious scarlet coachwork. Unmarked cream leather
seating and carpets. Full service history.
Diamond Alloy wheels. 5.3 litre engine with twin cam motor
and 4 carburettors. AM registration valued at £16k.
Elderly enthusiast sadly .....