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BODY AND 1

CHAS­SIS

Much love and money is lav­ished on early As­tons, so the high­est value ex­am­ples must be ab­so­lutely im­pec­ca­ble to stand out. The body is hand­crafted alu­minium; the chas­sis and tubu­lar frame are steel.

EN­GINES 2

The stan­dard, Marek-de­signed 4.0-litre straight-six de­vel­ops 282bhp, whereas the lusty Van­tage model has We­ber carbs and a higher com­pres­sion head, gen­er­at­ing 325bhp. Thought­ful own­ers might have car­ried out an un­leaded fuel con­ver­sion. Check for signs of oil or coolant leaks.

3 TRANS­MIS­SION

Gear­boxes were a five-speed ZF man­ual or three-speed auto, with a lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial and live rear axle. The man­ual ‘box is con­sid­ered best for press-on driv­ing. Check the num­bers match be­tween driv­e­train com­po­nents and chas­sis.

TRIM AND 4

IN­TE­RIOR

Con­vert­ible Volantes were of­fered from 1966, but only 140 were made. Check for wa­ter ingress. In­te­rior rar­i­ties might in­clude an orig­i­nal As­ton Martin fire ex­tin­guisher.

RUN­NING 5

GEAR

Brakes are pow­eras­sisted Gir­ling items, and steer­ing was power as­sisted as stan­dard or from 1969. Some mod­els have Har­veyBai­ley sus­pen­sion up­grades. Check the spoked wheels are free from cor­ro­sion.

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