Aston Martin 1979 V8 Vantage Oscar India
Make: Aston Martin
Model: 1979 V8 Vantage Oscar India
Body Style: Two Door Coupe
Colour(s): Grey / Silver
Engine Capacity: 5200cc
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was hailed as “Britain’s First Supercar” for its 170 mph (270 km/h) top speed when introduced. Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it used high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves and bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output. Straight-line performance was the best of the day. When Motor Magazine tested the V8 Vantage V580 an incredible 0 to 60mph time of 5.2 seconds was recorded, which was quicker than the Ferrari 512 and Porsche 3.3 Turbo, its main competitors of the time!
One of the most noticeable features was the closed-off hood bulge rather than the open scoop found on the normal V8. The grille area was also closed off, with twin driving lights inserted and a spoiler added to the boot lid. The 580 Vantage was more of a mechanical update which included the more powerful V8 from the limited-edition V8 Zagato.
An exceptionally original example finished in Jubilee Silver with grey leather interior – its original colour combination – ‘12186’ comes complete with its original jack and owner’s handbook, The provision of X-Pack camshafts is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
This V8 Vantage has entered various AMOC and other events, including the ‘Festival of Aston Martin’ at Windsor Castle in 2005, winning a number of concours awards. In 1999 the Aston was displayed at the International Classic Cars Show at the NEC, Birmingham, and in 2003 appeared on the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ show, a video recording of which accompanies the car.
The previous vendor purchased the Vantage in October 2010, since when it has been professionally stored, covering only some 1,400 miles in the last 6 years out of the circa 72,300 from new.
Currently the car has just completed a full service and multi point check by RS Williams in July 2016.