1973→1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3

In July of 1972, Aston Martin took took an unusual step by reverting from Bosch’s mechanical fuel injection to a quartet of Weber carburetors.

To clear the four twin-choke, 42mm Weber carburetors and their airbox, a larger scoop was fitted on the hood.

Besides other small detail changes to the seats, switchgear and some smaller items, the car remained much the same until production changed to the Series 4 in 1978.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
production years1973 – 1978
built atEngland
price $$ 33,950
positionFront, Longitudinal
fuel feed4 Weber Carburetors
displacement5340 cc / 325.9 in³
bore100.08 mm / 3.94 in
stroke85.1 mm / 3.35 in
power231.2 kw / 310 bhp @ 5600 rpm
specific output58.05 bhp per litre
bhp/weight166.49 bhp per tonne
body / frameAluminum & Steel
driven wheelsFront Engine / RWD
front tires225/70VR-15
rear tires225/70VR-15
front brakesVented Discs w/Vacuum Assist
front wheelsF 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
rear wheelsR 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in
steeringRack & Pinion
curb weight1862 kg / 4105 lbs
wheelbase2611 mm / 102.8 in
front track1499 mm / 59.0 in
rear track1499 mm / 59.0 in
length4648 mm / 183.0 in
width1829 mm / 72.0 in
height1328 mm / 52.3 in
transmissionZF 5-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.90:1, 1.78:1, 1.22:1, 1.00:1, 0.85:1
top speed~225.3 kph / 140.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~7.4 seconds
0 – 100 mph~19.6 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile~15.7 seconds

Auction Sales History

1973→1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3

1977 Aston Martin V8 Coupe V8/11728/LCA – sold for $118,250 Desirable US-Delivery, LHD Series III Weber-Carbureted Example. Complete with Copies of Factory Car Record and Warranty Cards. Comprehensively Serviced and Well Maintained. One of Just 967 Series III Cars Produced. Exceptional Purity of Line Without Later Aerodynamic Embellishments. Britain’s Definitive Limited-Production GT of the 1970s.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company

1973→1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3

1977 Aston Martin V8 Series III Coupé

Aston Martin (Sales) Ltd. of Sloane Street, London sold this fine example new on 7 January 1977 to Lord Rotherwick. The current owner acquired it approximately nine years ago, not long after it had undergone a major refurbishment. Mileage is currently just over 100,000. Offered from a private automobile collection and equipped with a robust TorqueFlite three-speed automatic gearbox, it is in excellent all-around condition and complete with a comprehensive history file.

Auction Source: 2011 Salon Privé Auction by RM