Classic Cars (UK) - - Driven -

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.

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