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7 February 2018

1983 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V580 'Oscar India'

  • Chassis no. 12363
  • Engine no. V580/2363/V

Documents: French Certificat d’Immatriculation


Please note that this lot is titled with the date of the first registration, 1988.

  • One of 41 left-hand-drive Oscar Indias delivered new with BBS wheels
  • Extensively restored to pristine condition by Aston Martin Service
  • Original manual gearbox example


By 1983, the Aston Martin V8 range had been in production for over half a decade and was still going strong. Continued upgrades and model changes meant that each customer bought a hand-crafted and custom-built vehicle, and the second iteration of the Vantage engine meant that those customers were often driving the most powerful vehicle on the road.

The V580 engine, introduced in 1980, was standard across the V8 range – it was the specification of the camshafts that increased the Vantage output to 375 bhp. The problem came with the tyres: Pirelli had trouble maintaining consistent quality with the previously favoured tyre, so in 1981 the factory moved to the P7. Unfortunately, this tyre required over inflation, and ride and handling were severely affected. In 1983, a solution was found: adopt 8-in. BBS wheels, and widen the wheel arch to accommodate the larger combination of wheel and tyre. Seen on this vehicle, these wheels are often considered much more beautiful and were retained for following models. Combined with the rare and desirable manual gearbox, the Vantage was a potent car and today highly sought after in this configuration.

Having been in current ownership since May 2007, this rare Aston Martin V580 BBS, as these later Oscar Indias are commonly known, left the factory on 28 March 1983 with the desirable and rare Vantage specification and manual gearbox. It has undergone three stages of extensive restoration work to bring it to showroom condition. The first stage, completed in 2008, focused on the mechanical restoration. Invoices accounting for labour and new parts, including a new clutch, new shock absorbers, a new steering rack and five new tyres, amount to €40.000, and the work was completed by Aston Martin Bordeaux.

The second stage, completed in 2011, focused on the paintwork and cost €35.000 at Aston Martin Bordeaux and in 2013, again by Aston Martin Bordeaux, further restoration work cost in excess of €77.000. The body was completely taken apart and repaired before being primed and painted, fitted with all new glass and window seals, and then re-trimmed in 30 square meters of immaculate white leather. Finally, just this year chassis no. 12363 underwent a tune-up by Aston Martin Heritage at a cost €37.000 to ensure that it is in correct and working order. Total expenditure in the last 10 years has surpassed €188.000.

Beautifully pristine in every way, a more perfect V8 Vantage Oscar India would be hard to find. Complete with build sheet and Heritage Certificate, plus invoices and photographs from all restoration work, the new owner of chassis 12363 will not be disappointed.





• Une des 41 "Oscar India" conduite à gauche livrées neuves avec les nouvelles jantes BBS
• Restauration complète et de haut niveau par Aston Martin Service
• Boîte de vitesses manuelle d'origine

En 1983, la gamme Aston Martin V8 existait depuis plus de cinq ans et restait très appréciée. Grâce à des améliorations constantes et des changements de modèles, chaque acheteur pouvait se targuer d'acquérir une voiture de fabrication artisanale adaptée à ses choix. La possibilité d'opter pour le moteur Vantage lui permettait en plus d'être au volant de la voiture la plus puissante sur la route.

Le moteur V580, présenté en 1980, était l'équipement standard de toute la gamme V8, et ce sont des arbres à cames différents qui permettaient à la version Vantage d'atteindre une puissance de 375 ch. Le problème venait des pneus : Pirelli ne parvenait pas à maintenir une qualité constante sur les montes précédentes, si bien qu'en 1981 le constructeur optait pour les P7. Malheureusement, ce pneu nécessitait une pression élevée, ce qui affectait sérieusement confort et tenue de route. En 1983, une solution était trouvée : adopter des jantes BBS de 8 pouces et élargir les passages de roues pour accueillir cet ensemble plus volumineux. Sur la voiture, ces jantes sont souvent considérées comme beaucoup plus belles et elles ont été conservées pour les modèles suivants. Si en plus elle était dotée de la rare et désirable boîte manuelle, la Vantage était une puissante automobile qui est aujourd'hui extrêmement recherchée dans cette configuration.

Appartenant à son propriétaire actuel depuis mai 2007, cette rare Aston Martin V580 BBS, comme sont aujourd'hui dénommées ces "Oscar India" tardives, a quitté l'usine le 28 mars 1983 avec les rares et désirables spécifications Vantage, ainsi qu'un boîte de vitesses manuelle. Elle a bénéficié de travaux de restauration en trois tranches, ce qui lui permet d'être dans un état irréprochable. La première tranche, terminée en 2008, s'attachait à la restauration mécanique. Des factures de travaux et de pièces, concernant un embrayage neuf, des amortisseurs neufs, une crémaillère de direction neuve et cinq pneus neufs totalisent 40 000 €, les opérations ayant été effectuées par Aston Martin Bordeaux.

La deuxième tranche, terminée en 2011, s'est concentrée sur la peinture pour un montant de 35 000 € chez le même Aston Martin Bordeaux et, en 2013, toujours dans ce garage bordelais, des travaux complémentaires ont été réalisés pour plus de 77 000 €. La carrosserie était complètement démontée et réparée avant d'être repeinte et équipée de joints et vitrages neufs, la sellerie étant refaite avec 30 m2 de cuir blanc immaculé. Enfin, cette année 2017, cette voiture portant le numéro de châssis 12363 a fait l'objet d'une mise au point chez Aston Martin Heritage au prix de 37 000 €, pour s'assurer qu'elle était correcte et en bon état de fonctionnement. La somme totale consacrée à cette voiture au cours de ces 10 dernières années a dépassé 188 000 €.

Superbe sur tous les plans, il serait difficile de trouver une V8 Vantage "Oscar India" qui soit encore plus proche de la perfection. Complète avec sa fiche de fabrication et son Heritage Certificate, ainsi que les factures et photos de la restauration, cette voiture (châssis 12363) ne décevra pas son nouveau propriétaire.

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