1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 'X-Pack'
$375,000 - $475,000
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019 - Offered on Thursday
- 1987 Scottish Motor Show car
- Original engine upgraded to 6.3-liter specification by Aston Martin Works
- One of just 137 X-Pack coupes built; fully restored by UK specialists
- Aston Martin Assured Provenance on file
Please note that Aston Martin Assured Provenance has recently been issued for this lot. Also note that due to California emissions, this vehicle must be sold to a dealer or out-of-state resident.
The ultimate iteration of the muscular V8 Vantage, the model that would become known to enthusiasts as the ‘X-Pack’ was first introduced at the 1986 British International Motor Show.
The V8 Vantage “Oscar India,” as introduced in 1978, featured a closed-bonnet scoop, large front air dam, and blanked-off front grille gave the car a macho look befitting its status. The interior was outfitted in leather and wood to suit more discerning tastes. Though later models went through mechanical performance upgrades, it wasn’t until the V8 Vantage ‘X-Pack’ that Aston Martin truly achieved supercar status. As recognizable as the handsome Oscar India in appearance, the final V8 Vantage was fitted with the uprated V580X engine previously seen in the V8 Zagato. Equipped with four dual-barrel Weber carburetors, high-compression Cosworth pistons, and larger valves and intake manifold, this high-performance engine produced an impressive 432 bhp from its 5.3 liters. Described by one journalist as “a Hemi Road Runner built by Bentley,” the new and improved V8 Vantage was a genuine 200 mph supercar.
Offered here is the 48th X-Pack to roll off the line at Newport Pagnell—one of just 137 X-Pack coupes ever produced. Built in late 1987, in preparation for display at the Scottish Motor Show, chassis 12583 is equipped with some of the 1988 model year specifications, such as the desirable Ronal 16-inch wheels. It was delivered to Murray Motor Company in Scotland in March 1988, and following owners maintained the car at factory-appointed service centers. By the late 2000s, chassis 12583 had clocked 73,000 miles and was acquired by Bramley Motor Cars, who undertook an extensive restoration by top UK Aston specialists.
The Aston Martin underwent a full glass-out, bare-metal repaint in period-correct Rolls-Royce Royal Blue by Spray Tec Restorations, followed by a rebuild of the gearbox and rear axle. The interior was retrimmed in Brown Wilton carpet and Bitter Chocolate Autolux leather piped with Light Grey. The engine was sent to the factory service department, Aston Martin Works, where a full rebuild to 6.3-liter specification was performed for a total cost in excess of £70,000. This engine was documented to have produced the highest specific output of any 6.3 conversion to date with an equally generous serving of torque. Additionally, a new AC compressor was installed alongside an upgraded braking system, Z Core radiator, and stainless exhaust system. All in all, this V8 Vantage ‘X-Pack’ is as stunning as it was the day it left Newport Pagnell.
Fully restored and properly maintained, this Aston Martin comes with a comprehensive restoration file including all invoices, jack, tools, owner's handbook, the original Service Voucher book, plus the limited edition hardbound book on the V8 Vantage X-Pack by Kean Rogers featuring the build sheet for this extraordinary car.