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.
|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1973 – 1978|
|price $||$ 33,950|
|fuel feed||4 Weber Carburetors|
|displacement||5340 cc / 325.9 in³|
|bore||100.08 mm / 3.94 in|
|stroke||85.1 mm / 3.35 in|
|power||231.2 kw / 310 bhp @ 5600 rpm|
|specific output||58.05 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||166.49 bhp per tonne|
|body / frame||Aluminum & Steel|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|front brakes||Vented Discs w/Vacuum Assist|
|front wheels||F 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in|
|rear wheels||R 38.1 x 17.8 cm / 15.0 x 7.0 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|curb weight||1862 kg / 4105 lbs|
|wheelbase||2611 mm / 102.8 in|
|front track||1499 mm / 59.0 in|
|rear track||1499 mm / 59.0 in|
|length||4648 mm / 183.0 in|
|width||1829 mm / 72.0 in|
|height||1328 mm / 52.3 in|
|transmission||ZF 5-Speed Manual|
|gear ratios||2.90:1, 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
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
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