A look back at the Aston Martin V8 (1972 – 1990) 0

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Aston Martin had been through a testing period in the 1970s ; the very future of the classic British brand being called into uncertainty. Despite the company’s fragility, the quality of the cars it produced showed no signs of the difficulties. If anything, a tangible improvement was noticeable. The cars were faster, more luxurious and consequently more expensive.

In 1972, David Brown sold the company. As a result, the DBS was redesigned and given the V8 moniker. It would become the car maker’s flagship product for the next 18 years.

Aside from the restyling, there were other changes. Fuel injection was traded for four Weber carburettors (the bonnet was consequently modified to give them space). 1977 saw the much anticipated V8 Vantage join the fleet which upped the power stakes from its 5.3-litre V8 to 432bhp in order to compete with Ferrari and Lamborghini, who were sweeping all before them in the supercar stakes. The increase in power saw the Vantage able to beat both the Countach and Boxer to 100mph.

Distinguishably by its bonnet scoop and blanked-off radiator grille, the Vantage saw the Oscar India join its ranks in 1978. The new edition made use of a small boot spoiler plus a smoother bonnet.

1978 saw the release of the Volante convertible, featuring a power-lined hood, a walnut dashboard and door cappings. Available as a US-only export until 1981, the Volante was then adapted in Vantage-spec, unifying a four-seat open topped body with 400+ horsepower. It sold very well in the States, becoming a surprise hit.

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