This 1972 AM Vantage is number 24 of only 70 produced during 1972/3, following the acquisition of Aston Martin by Company Developments. The car is essentially a DBS with a redesigned twin headlight front end. This was also the first Aston Martin to use Vantage as a stand alone model name. The car is fitted with it’s original matching numbers 4.0L straight six engine in 325bhp Vantage tune, utilizing triple Weber carburetors mated to its original ZF five speed manual dog leg gearbox. The AM Vantage was the last Aston Martin to be supplied with wire wheels, as the replacing V8 engine offered too much weight and torque for their capabilities.
Looking at the car’s history, the stand out moment was in 2013, where having spent almost half its life in France, the car was invited to represent the model at the 100th anniversary exhibition in Kensington Gardens.
Personally, I entered the world of Aston martin ownership in 2014 with my Gaydon Vantage V12S which I still own. Due to overseas work commitments I only got around to joining AMOC in the summer of 2020. Since then I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting the members at various events organized by Area 22.
Having now retired and with more time on my hands, I thought I would get more involved by acquiring a rare example of the Company’s early 1970’s work. A brief search ensued before I located this fine example at a renowned UK marque specialist.
To me, the William Towns designed body shell compliments its wire wheels perfectly, and sits nicely between the DBS and the more muscular V8s that followed. The design is really starting to come into its own, the car has been a pleasure to own, and it certainly attracts considerable attention when out and about in the north Cotswolds.