Following the sale of Aston Martin to 'Company Developments' in January 1972, work started on 'DBSV8's comprehensive facelift. Now known as the 'AMV8', the car retained the Bosch mechanical fuel injection system until August 1973, when four twin choke Weber carburettors were fitted, together with updates to the interior trim, a bigger bonnet bulge to clear the carburettor air box and a re-designed fuel tank to allow more luggage space.
The 'AMV8' continued unchanged until 1977 when detailed engine modifications were announced as the 'Stage 1' tuning. Among other things, the exhaust system was revised to improve engine breathing.
The V8 evolved over its long production life, more engine modifications being introduced in 1980 with the "580 series" engine, BBS wheels replacing the GKN alloys in 1983, and in late 1985 the adoption of Weber Marelli fuel injection.
Left: Executive Chairman Victor Gauntlett, who led Aston Martin through the 1980s
The engine modifications of the V8 Vantage came about after the development of a revised head with larger valves for the Lagonda project
The lip spoiler on the boot cut aerodynamic lift by 10 percent
EngineDOHC V8, 5340 cc, 432 bhp @ 6000 rpm, 395 lbs-ft @ 5100 rpm
TransmissionZF Five-speed manual gearbox or Chrysler 3-speed automatic transmission
SuspensionFront: Telescopic shock absorbers
Rear: Telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes: Twin servo assisted brakes with front and rear ventilated discs
Dimensions4700 x 1830 x 1330 mm (Saloon)
4700 x 1830 x 1370 mm (Volante)
Weight1818 kg (Saloon), 1860 (Volante)
Top Speed146 mph (Saloon), 140 mph (Volante)
0 - 60 mph6.6 sec (Saloon), 7.7 sec (Volante)