Hexagon Classics are delighted to offer this wonderful example of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage (V580). The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was hailed as “Britain’s First Supercar” when introduced due to its 170-mph top speed. Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it used high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves and bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output. Straight-line performance was the best of the day. When Motor Magazine tested the V8 Vantage V580, an incredible 0 to 60 mph time of 5.2 seconds was recorded, which was quicker than the Ferrari Daytona, its main competitor of the time!
One of the most noticeable features was the closed-off hood bulge rather than the open scoop found on the normal V8. The grille area was also closed off, with twin driving lights inserted and a spoiler added to the boot lid. The 580 Vantage was more of a mechanical update which included the more powerful V8 from the limited-edition V8 Zagato. The V580 cars, as they are known at the factory, were the result of a process of standardising engine parts across the AM V8 range. Changes mainly to the head and valves plus a standard piston for all models resulted in a quieter and smoother engine with both better economy and improved mid-range torque.
The V580 BBS cars are easily identified by wider wheel arches, increasing the overall width from 183 cm to 189 cm. The rear spoiler became much neater and fully integral, and a smoother and closed bonnet bulge became standard across the range. Indeed, the only external differences between the standard model was the large front air dam, blanked off grille and badges.
First delivered to Aston Martin Kuwait, our car was UK registered in 1989. Contemporary servicing works were carried out by RS Williams Ltd (Factory Heritage Service Centre) in 2015 and further works were undertaken in 2016. In 2018 Aston Engineering completed major works and upgrades to the Vantage costing more than £30,000. An Aston Martin certified factory record accompanies the history file and handbooks.
Without doubt this is an opportunity to acquire the highly desirable Vantage (V580) for far less than the value of an X-pack.
Available to view now at our London showrooms.