"The Mustang that went to Eton" is for sale - The Aston martin V8 Oscar India
Do you have a spare £110,000 laying around the house... I mean mansion? On the 10th and 11th of November, the NEC Classic Motor Show will be hosting a auction sale with Silverstone auction house and one of the lots took my eye, as well as my heart.
This is the 1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 'Oscar India'...
Let's get a bit of history about the model it's self. The Series 4 was shown at the Birmingham International Motor show in 1978 under the name 'Oscar India', which was the phonetic letters for 'October Introduction' - cleaver. The body was more American muscle, rather than Bond street curves - although it was fitted with a real wood trim, a first in a long time of Astons of old. The engine scoop was closed off, giving it more of that bulging body work we all know and love on the Ford Mustang... I think I need to lie down now.
Anyway, back to this particular car for sale...
It really does have a full and rich history of ownership and love. Originally finished in a 'Blenheim Silver' paint job with dark blue leather seats in 1979. This was an early V8 Seires 4, so it still had the old V540 engine in it, which makes it even more special - rarer even. It was only a few years later that it was sold on to a businessman in 1984, you know he was going to look after it - he lived in a castle in Suffolk.
He moved to the Isles of Man, taking this car with him, which is properly why the mileage is still very low at that time, its not a very big place to be honest. It was only back in 2001 that he came back to the mainland of the UK to a new owner. Two years later, the car was restored, having the silver paintwork completely changed to a dark Windsor Blue - that in my mind, is the best thing they did, it looks stunning.
It was hidden away 6 years from 2007, until it's next owner came, an owner of a restoration company. After some work, it was used as his personal transport. Then its last owner bought the Aston from him in 2014 and that is the end of the road... so far, until now. The vendor of this car is a prolific Aston Martin enthusiast. He has owned 6 examples of the Aston world, including a DB6 on that list. He also believes that future generations of car lovers should see the history of Aston Martins, and keeps to the purity of restoration works by investing heavily in newer versions of traditional Aston parts.
This shows on this car, having £40,000 spent on it it since 2002 alone - including twin Vantage exhausts, Harvey Bailey handling kit, electronic ignition and a new air conditioning unit. This list keeps going even down to having the seat leathers and boot carpets redone. Even down to having the jacking points and brake servos refreshed, this car means business - and so it should.
Sure, it may not be a DB5 or a new Superleggera, but it is worthy of our heart. It is a piece of British engineering and style - even though it may steal a bit of flare from it's American sister. I remember seeing this car in the Living Daylights with Timothy Dalton and I so badly fell in love with it - the car that is, not Mr Dalton.
Oh, only if I had the spare £110,000...
Some details on the auction...
Registration: NNG 853V | Chassis Number: V8S0R12224 | Engine Number: V/540/2224/S
Number of cylinders: 8 | CC: 5340 | Year of Manufacture: 1979 | RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 95,000 - 110,000