Launched in 1972 to replace the mechanically identical DBS V8, the Aston Martin V8 was the final model development during the David Brown era and became the longest running model in the company’s history. A true four-seater with the potential for 160 mph speeds, the hand-built British grand tourer was one of the fastest and most elegant cars of its generation.
Penned by talented designer William Towns and based upon his design for the original DBS, the V8 continued within the handmade coach building traditions of its predecessors, while simultaneously upping the ante on power and performance. It featured an all-new alloy block and quad-cam head, engineered by Aston’s legendary Tadek Marek and available in 1986 for the first time with Weber Marelli fuel injection. Powerful disc brakes and four-wheel, fully independent suspension served to enhance the sophisticated ride of this gentleman’s express.
The Aston V8 also continued the company’s famous relationship with the James Bond film franchise and was featured in The Living Daylights, starring Timothy Dalton as agent 007.