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1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 'S' For Sale

Introduced in August 1973, the Weber carburettor AM V8 (Series 3) was the predecessor to the Bosch fuel injected AM V8 (Series 2). There were several notable differences between these two models, the main one being the four Weber 42 DCNF downdraught carburettors replacing the Bosch fuel injection system. To accommodate the carburettors, the car had a taller bonnet bulge fitted. Other changes include side indicator repeaters, optional overriders on the bumpers, revised front seats, interior switches and heater controls, increased luggage space and improved cooling to the engine and transmission. In January 1977, the ‘S’ specification was introduced on the series 3 model resulting in a more powerful ‘Stage 1’ engine tuning and Black instruments, both of which feature on this vehicle.

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This particular example was supplied new by Victor Wilson Ltd, Edinburgh to one of their regular customers, Mr Campbell Nairn on 28th March 1978. It appears that from the documentation, he purchased this Aston to replace his Red Jaguar XJ12. The car remained in his ownership until April 1979 when it was sold to Baxter Johnson Oils of Melrose and subsequently Mrs Isabel Watt of Loanhead. In December 1983, the car was purchased by a Mr Robert Billett of Bath from Ford dealers, David Harrison Ltd of Peebles near Edinburgh. Whilst in his ownership, work was carried out by well known Aston Martin distributor, Chapman Spooner. In 1994, a bare metal respray together with additional restoration work was carried out by marque specialists, Marksdanes in Somerset and a photographic record of this is included in the history file. 

The current vendor purchased the car from Robert Billett in September 2014, following his 31 years of ownership. The most recent work was completed in 2021 and totalled some £32,000 at Aston Engineering. This included the needle blasting of the underside, front and rear suspension rebuild, fitment of an AE handling kit together with a full brake system overhaul and a major service. 

To conclude, this is a late Series 3 model, featuring the ‘S’ specification and an extensive documented service history in the form of the original fully stamped service voucher booklet and numerous invoices.   

Displaying what is believed to be the original mileage of 51,397 (Documented), this example is ready to be driven and enjoyed. 

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