British Muscle – 1976 Aston Martin V8


Aston Martin’s rather simply named model, the V8, was around nearly unchanged for almost twenty years and was the company’s only real offering for part of that time. The 1970s and 1980s were not exactly the best of times for Aston Martin. This partly explains why the V8 was on offer for so long, but at least it was a great looking machine with plenty of performance.

Powered by the Tadek Marek-designed V-8 that was first found in the original DBS, the V8 looked more American muscle than European GT, but this was the 1970s after all, and sharper lines were more stylish and the sculpted roundness of the David Brown-era. The engine itself, being a big V-8, had to contend with emissions rules but still made well over 300 horsepower, and eventually more like 400. Just over 4,000 of any variation of this car were built, making it a rare piece of British muscle despite the wide range of model years.

This car out of California is a 1976, left-hand drive carbureted example that is, unfortunately, fitted with the 3-speed automatic instead of the ZF 5-speed manual. It is mostly original with one repaint and a redone interior in what must be vinyl, has just over 52,000 stated miles, and hasn’t been used much if at all since 1991, when it was last registered. The factory Blaupunkt stereo doesn’t work, and though the engine has been gone through, the car hasn’t been thoroughly tested in any setting more rigorous than a parking lot. To really be enjoyed, it needs a proper service from one of those very knowledgeable and expensive marque specialists. When sorted, though, this could be a beautiful cruiser.

Check out the 1976 Aston Martin V8 here on eBay, where the reserve is not yet met at $40,200.

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