CHOOSE YOUR ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE
In 1969 Aston Martin launched a 5.3-litre V8-powered, Bosch fuel-injected version of the DBS. Though promised such a motor from the start, the model had up until then been powered by a 4.0-litre straight-six. Both engines were designed by Tadek Marek.
April 1972; the DBS V8 simply became known as the Aston Martin V8 and later, the Series Two. Body lines were now more rounded though similar. The nose carried the most distinctive change, with two seven-inch quartz headlamps and a black mesh grille.
In 1973, for the Series Three, Aston reverted to four Weber twin-choke carburettors – denoted by a taller bonnet scoop.
The 390bhp V8 Vantage was launched in 1977, the V8 engine upgraded with high-performance camshafts, larger valves and carburettors, and an increased compression ratio.