The V8 engine having proved to be an exceptionally reliable and robust unit, it was clear that there was scope for a significant increase in the power that it could deliver. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced on 18th February, 1977. Revised camshafts, air-box, larger inlet valves and carburettors, new inlet manifolds and different plugs, claimed to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. The same ZF manual gearbox as in the V8 Saloon was standard equipment. This was enough to give a top speed of about 170 mph and accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.3 secs.
The power increase meant that aerodynamic improvements had to be made. This included a spoiler on the tail, a deep spoiler under the nose and blanked off radiator and bonnet air scoop.
Finished in Jubilee Silver, actually a silvery green, the car on offer is an exceptional, original example just over 70,000 miles from new. The V-8 Vantage benefits from an unleaded conversion by an Aston Engineering mechanic and sills replaced by Marksdanes Ltd. After achieving numerous concours awards in the early 90s, it was featured on the Top Gear BBC television series in 1999, and an eye-opening video (as you can imagine) accompanies the car, along with a thick history file, original jack and owners handbook.
his V-8 Vantage was completed in August of 1977, and is one of the last to wear the third series AMV8 body, and one of the only 38 first series AMV8 Vantages. Eight more of these cars were exported to Canada. This striking AMV8 Vantage is not only one of these 8 cars, but it is believed to be the personal car of Canadian George Minden, one of the principal owners of the company between 1975 and 1981.