Originally supplied in left hand drive, automatic specification to Japan, this V8 is in the latter stages of a world renowned Aston Workshop restoration, with chassis and bodywork already complete.
All outer aluminium body panels were removed and the chassis was then media blasted and inspected for corrosion. Thanks to the Japanese climate, much of the original chassis was able to be retained.
Certain areas that usually suffer from tin worm on these V8s were affected and have been replaced during restoration. This included the boot floor, driver and passenger floor pans, sills, outrigger and jacking points. The front engine compartment also befits from new inner wings and bulkhead panels as required.
The restored chassis has been coated in an anti-corrosion primer and powder coated in a satin black finish.
After the chassis was powder coated, the aluminium body was soda blasted and treated to a coat of anti-corrosion paint on the inside surface, then refitted to the newly restored chassis.
All body panels and fittings have been prefitted and panel gaps set. The V8 is now ready to begin the paint stage, the final colour and specification to be chosen by the new owner.
One of the most recognisable Aston Martins of all time, The replacement for the DBS V8, the "AM V8" was a tremendous success and still retains a 'presence' that most of today's supercars fail to match.
This is your opportunity to create the car of your dreams, with more than a little help from Aston Workshop of course!
It can now be purchased "as is" with final specification to be agreed with the new owner.
This "bespoke V8" will represent the very finest restoration possible, resulting in what must surely be the ultimate V8.
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Body & Paint
On all Bespoke models we would generally replace the entire panel work forward of the A-Post and from the B-post to the rear with a totally new panel structure.
A rigorous attention to detail, careful shaping, filing, priming, flatting and guide coating is necessary to achieve the end results demanded of a Bespoke V8.
We use the latest computer based technology, skill and experience, together with an enormous selection of paint codes to offer the widest range of colours imaginable.
Dealing with the chassis correctly is paramount to a successful bespoke project.
The original chassis of this V8 has been completely re-furbished. The chassis was stripped bare and shot blasted to reveal any areas of corrosion. The corroded sections were then cut out and replaced. All internal sections were then treated with weld-through primer.
The result is a chassis that has been re-furbished to the highest standards, ready for the new body and the next stage of restoration.
At Aston Workshop we can produce engines which far surpass original reliability and performance.
With the benefit of modern materials, machining techniques and oils we regularly build high performance engines to the highest specification, a perfect example of what can be achieved when starting from scratch, using modern upgraded parts and appropriate modifications.
We encourage our Bespoke owners to stipulate final engine specifications after careful consultation with our industry leading experts.
Modern, adjustable gas filled dampers, progressive rate springs and modern radial tyres have transformed the handling characteristics of modern cars. These dampers are now available to classic car owners too and are fitted as standard on all Bespoke models.
We are also working towards being able to offer in-car adjustable dampers on Bespoke models.
There is also the question of wheel & tyre choice. At the end of the day, this is a personal decision, and while we will recommend certain options that we know work well, the choice inevitably must be down to the owner.
Thanks to our vast experience and some clever designs we have developed transmission enhancements that not only offer increased performance and safety but are also thankfully very discreet.
On the Bespoke V8 we can offer the following:
4 speed auto
The standard 3-speed automatic transmission can be upgraded to a ZF 4-speed, offering greater flexibility and economy as well as an all-round improvement in the driving experience.
New Tremec T-56 manual
A brand new unit, the T-56 from Tremec can also be specified. Originally introduced on the Dodge Viper in 1992, the T-56 is the transmission of choice for today's high-performance sports cars.
This fully synchronised 6-speed transmission features a double overdrive design maximising performance, while minimising fuel consumption and providing clean, crisp shifts for high-performance driving.
NOTE: We are also developing a new multi-speed electronic gearbox as an option for our Bespoke models, availability to be announced.
When building a car such as the Bespoke DB5, it's absolutely essential that the brakes be upgraded or enhanced to the very best specification possible in order to match its all-round improvement in performance.
The following upgrade can be fitted to all V8 Bespoke models, greatly enhancing safety and handling under braking.
The A.P. Racing upgrade offers ventilated discs and increased capacity calipers.
The result is a massive increase in reliability and stopping power, the ultimate and recommended set-up of choice for all Bespoke V8 models.
All Bespoke V8 models will include all new wiring looms, switches, connections, relays, fuse systems etc. to ensure reliability of all electrical components.
Every Bespoke model will also include a high output alternator to improve reliability and capacity of the charging system. In addition to this a conversion to negative earth will be carried out to make it compatible with modern electronic equipment.
The Daytona electric window kit is fitted as standard to improve performance and reliability and we even fit a warning buzzer to the side light system to avoid the frustration of returning to a non-starting Aston thanks to a drained battery.
In addition to this, the Bespoke range will have the following electrical upgrades available:
Electric power assisted steering
Thatcham 1 alarm system
Remote central locking
Intermittent wiper/washer system
A variety of ICE options with I-pod connection and Sat Nav
Hazard warning light system
HID headlight upgrades
Electronic and heated memory seats
Please contact our workshop manager to discuss model specifics.
The choice of exhaust system can dramatically alter the character of your tailor-made car. With this in mind, we are able to offer the following options for your Bespoke V8.
Option 1 – Original Spec Stainless Steel replacement
Standard Stainless Steel system including exhaust and manifold.
Optional, ceramic 'Zircotec' coating providing exceptional heat insulation.
Option 2 – Big Bore Assembly
Double or single silencer system with optional 2 or 4 tailpipe outlets.
Optional, ceramic 'Zircotec' coating providing exceptional heat insulation.
The interior of your V8 will be completely re-trimmed to your specification. This includes a wide range of materials in a myriad of colour combinations. Modified instrumentation is also available as are optional chrome switches and centre armrest/glovebox.
Sound insulation upgrades are standard on all bespoke models allowing for longer journey lengths in greater comfort.
Exterior trim includes the fitting of new glass as a matter of course, plus all chrome areas prepared and re-chromed or fully replaced where necessary.
Our 'Tropicalisation' upgrade was specifically developed to deal with the hottest and most humid climates on the planet, but is of course of benefit to any owner of a bespoke model, anywhere in the world.
Your Bespoke V8 will be upgraded to include a twin zone, front and rear air-conditioning system and total heat insulation of the cabin area using a specially designed woven insulation fabric hidden in the floor, roof and doors. We will also coat the exhaust manifolds and front pipes with a ceramic 'Zircotec' coating for ultimate heat insulation.
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**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
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