1978 Aston Martin V8 Fastback Coupe / V8/11900/LCAV Chassis Information

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

1978 Aston Martin V8 photograph

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Fastback Coupe
Chassis #: V8/11900/LCAV
Engine # V/540/1900/LFM
The Vantage name, which began as an option on the DB2, referred to Aston Martin model that received an uprated engine. The V8 Vantage was introduced in 1977, and instead of being an option, it was a distinct model, separate from the V8 Saloon that had preceded it. It had a similar appearance to the Saloon, with the addition of a 'fliptail' rear end, and other aerodynamic elements. After the first sixteen V8 Vantages were produced, Aston Martin made additional subtle changes to the model. The early cars had spoilers bolted-on post-production; the remaining cars were made with an integrated tail and are referred to as 'Molded Filptail.'

The V8 Vantage had larger Weber carburetors, an increased compression ratio, and high-performance camshafts. With 390 horsepower, top speed was in the neighborhood of 170 mph.

1978 was the first year the V8 Vantage was available for the U.S. market and just 11 examples were imported across the pond. This particular example is finished in Kentucky Blue. It was given a comprehensive restoration that began in 2002 with the work costing in excess of $100,000. The engine received a complete full specification rebuild during which the 540 engine was uprated to the European Vantage specification. A Steel Wings six-speed transmission was also fitted, and the suspension was upgraded. It received a repaint in its original color scheme.

This car was used in The Discovery Channel's Ultimate Cars program and in Steve Coogan comedy Lies and Alibis.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jul 2019


2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$300,000-$350,000 
Lot was not sold

2017 2
2016 4
2015 2
2014 1
2010 2
2009 1
2008 1
2002 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$261,250$308,0002
2016$86,134$126,5004
2015$153,175$155,1002
2014$36,552$36,5521
2010$88,623$137,5002
2009$18,688$18,6881
2008$145,083$145,0831
2002$51,700$51,7001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1978 sales)
1978 Aston Martin V8 'Canadian Vantage'
Chassis#: V8/11904/LCA
Sold for $308,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1978 Aston Martin V8 image  1978 Aston Martin V8 image  
1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE
Chassis#: V8C0L15040
Sold for $214,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante'
Chassis#: V812018RCAS
Sold for $90,656
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Volante by ‘Daytona'
Chassis#: V811985RCAS
Sold for $60,156
  2016 Historics at Brookland
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III
Chassis#: V8/11812/LCA
Sold for $126,500
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III
Chassis#: V8/11973/RCAS
Sold for $67,223
  2016 Silverstone Auction - Restoration Show Sale
 
1978 Aston Martin V-8 Volante
Sold for $151,250
  2015 Auctions America - Fort Lauderdale
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Volante
Chassis#: V8C0L15015
Sold for $155,100
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III
Chassis#: V8/11994/RCAS
Sold for $36,552
  2014 Silverstone Auction - The Autumn Sale
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Saloon
Chassis#: V8/11863/RCAS
Sold for $39,746
  2010 Bonhams - Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, Sussex
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Coupe
Chassis#: V8/11719/LCAV
Sold for $137,500
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
1978 Aston Martin V8 image  1978 Aston Martin V8 image  
1978 Aston Martin V8 Saloon
Chassis#: V8/11799/RCAS
Sold for $18,688
  2009 Aston Martin Lagonda Limited
 
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Chassis#: V8/11995/RLAV
Sold for $145,083
  2008 Coys Auction -Ascot Racecourse
 
1978 Aston-Martin V8 Volante
Sold for $51,700
  2002 Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1978 Aston Martin V8's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1978 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India Sports SaloonV8/SOR/120392019 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale $120,000$150,000
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series IIIV8/11942/RCAS2019 Silverstone The Sale of British Marques   
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Molded FliptailV8/11900/LCAV2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $300,000$350,000
1978 Aston Martin V8V8/119422018 Historics at Brooklands MercedesBenz World $64,000$70,000
1978 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Molded Fliptail CoupeV8/11901/LCAV2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $300,000$350,000
1978 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India Coupe 2018 Shannons Sydney Winter Classic   
1978 Aston Martin V8 Oscar India Coupe 2018 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic $230,000$250,000
1978 Aston Martin V8V8/11942/RCAS2016 Barons : Buster Lang Classic American   
1978 Aston Martin V8V8/11871/RCAS2016 H & H Auctions Imperial War MuseumDuxford   
1978 ASTON MARTIN V8 SERIES 3 2011 Rétromobile   
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Automatic SaloonV8/11933/RCAS2005 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars $20,000$25,000
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 SaloonV8/12015/RCAS2005 Bonhams Aston Martin Motor Cars & Related Automobilia   

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