Aston Martin V8
The Aston Martin V8 is a car produced by Aston Martin in the United Kingdom between 1969 and 1989. Like all traditional Aston Martin cars, it was completely handmade. The customers of Aston Martin have been asking for a car with eight cylinders for years, so Aston Martin designed a larger car. The engine was not ready yet, so in 1967 the DBS came out with the straight-six Vantage engine of the DB6. Two years later the V8 was ready and the DBS V8 came out. With the termination of the straight-six Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, simply called the Aston Martin V8, became the mainstream car of the company for almost 20 years.
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage has been praised since its launch in 1977 for its top speed of 270 km / h. The engine was shared with the Lagonda, but used better camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger intake valves and larger carburetors mounted on new manifolds. The performance was amazing with an acceleration of 0-97 km / h in 5.3 seconds, which was a tenth of a second faster than the Ferrari Daytona. The first series was equipped with four 48IDF2 / 100 Weber carburetors, a blinded bonnet opening and a separate rear spoiler. The Oscar India version was introduced in the autumn of 1978. A black leather-covered dashboard replaced the previous walnut dashboard. The wooden dashboard came back in the Vantage in the eighties and gave a luxurious look. The Oscar India version also received a slight increase in capacity. This line was produced until 1989. The name Vantage had already been used for a number of Aston Martin cars, but this was a separate model. Although based on the Aston Martin V8, the many detail changes have created a unique driving experience. One of the most striking features was the flattened bonnet. Although the Vantage models were not imported in the US, they are eligible for inclusion under the 'Show and Display' rules of the DOT in most states. Between 1986 and 1989 a Vantage Volante convertible version was produced. Six mechanically comparable cars were previously built for a special order, but were not regularly available until that time. The production version had an even deeper front spoiler than the Vantage, even larger wheel arches and extended side skirts. In 1987 Prince Charles of Wales received a Vantage Volante, but at his request without the wider wheel arches, the frontal air dam and the side skirts of the production car. This car became known as the 'Prince of Wales Spec' of which 26 other cars were built. These are now generally regarded as the most desirable of all V8 models from the 70s and 80s.
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The Aston Martin V8 Zagato was a big tourer from the 80s. Only 52 coupes and 37 convertibles were built between 1986 and 1990. The coupe was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1986, the convertible followed later. The V8 Zagato was based on the Aston Martin V8, but with a body made by the famous Zagato. The design was an angular, modern interpretation of the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato from the 1960s. The Zagato was powered by a 430 hp V8 engine with twin-choke Weber carburetors, good for a top speed of 300 km / h. It was a luxury car with a new price of 156,600 USD. The later convertible was sold for 171,000 USD. In 1998, comedian Rowan Atkinson bought the first produced right-hand drive car with chassis number 20013 and had it converted into the Aston Martin Owners Club racing series C2 specification. The conversion was performed by Aston Martin Works Service and the total conversion costs amounted to approximately 220,000 GBP.
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