1972 AM V8
Chassis Number: V8/10559/RCA
Engine Number: V8/540/432
Bought as a project from Ebay in April 2015, it came as a bare body shell with everything else in boxes and quite a few pieces missing!
Not a great deal is known about this car prior to my ownership. But I was able to find out that it is an original UK specification right hand drive vehicle, it left the factory in 1972 painted Cornish Gold with a burgundy leather interior, and the supplying dealer was Plough Motors in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
At some point the V8 went to Europe where it was converted to Left Hand Drive and somebody added a later style flip tail to the bodywork.
My goal with the restoration was to return it to original specification, thus removing the rear bodywork modifications and returning it to right hand drive. Although my car came from the factory with the Torqueflite 3 speed automatic, I have fitted the manual ZF gearbox that was an option. I feel this better suits the mechanical fuel injection engine.
The bodywork has been completed restored, the engine has been rebuilt and many new parts have been fitted. These include a complete wiring loom and a full stainless steel exhaust. The paint colour is period correct Aston Martin Olive green and the interior has been finished in Connolly Vaumol leather, the colour is called Luxan Stone.
The interior was the last element to be completed and this happened towards the end of 2020. The DVLA have reissued the original registration number of DDG 999L.
The car went straight to storage so, due to the current lockdown, I have been unable to see it in all its glory. Hopefully Spring will be here soon and once again we can enjoy these magnificent machines.