1973 Series 2 AMV8 - 5 Speed Manual - POA
This is a late Series 2 matching numbers AMV8, one of only 288 and registered NGM 206M, a Maidstone area registration on the 10th of September 1973.
It originally left the factory in Cornish Gold and sits on the original early version of the GKN Alloys with the lipped outer rim.
It is in 1973 that AM discontinued the Bosch Fuel Injection system and went over to Weber Carburettors, usually a giveaway by a taller hood scoop on the bonnet which this car does not have,
it also has the earlier louvered rear scuttle panel too and not the smooth lipped scuttle panel of the Series 3.
It is one of a small number fitted with the favourable dog leg 1st, 5 speed manual ZF gearbox and not the more popular Automatic gearbox with Weber carburettors,
These were fitted (bill on file) in July1979 when the Bosch Fuel injection that it left the factory with was replaced at the request by the then owner Mr G Woolnough.
A manual / webers car makes this the perfect candidate for a complete nut and bolt body off restoration built to new owner specification.
We have had a number of serious enquiries about this car since displaying it at this years Goodwood Revival recently as matching numbers examples like this are becoming increasingly few and far between as most have now been restored or currently in the process of being restored.
This car certainly meets the desired specification and is indeed a rare opportunity for someone looking to own one, frankly the longer it takes to sell the better as this car will only appreciate in value so if you are in the market for one then give us a call to discuss the options available.
When purchased in 2016 It inevitably required some mechanical recommissioning to bring it back to MOT standards and road worthy condition.
It now gets used occasionally during the Spring and Summer periods and even entered the 2018 AMOC Spring Concours at Englefield House.
Ok it didn't place in the top 3 but it got out and seen which is exactly what these cars are for.
Here are a few of the jobs we carried out to make it usable:
- New front suspension swivels
- Front and rear brake callipers completely stripped and overhauled with new pistons and seals
- Steering rack/ pump and column overhauled
- New gearbox mounts
- New distributor and coil
- New aluminium fuel tank and sender unit
- New front side/ indicator units fitted.
- New door frame rubbers
Sadly there was no known history that came with this car in 2016, or at least there wasn't. Not even AMHT had any archive on this car.
As said earlier it was bought at the CCA auction in Warwickshire in March 2016 where it was described as a barn find in need of some tlc.
Well it wasn't a barn find at all, though but it was 'kept' in a barn if that counts and was driven round the previous owner, a Mr Nick Mead's field when the urge arose.
He put it up for sale after having purchased it in October 2013 from a Mr James Mitchell who had owned the car surprisingly since 1983 when it carried NGM 206M as its registration number.
He almost immediately had a private plate fitted, WXV 1 which it carried until October 2009 when it was transferred to the age related registration BWP 859M to become its new and current tag.
Mr Mitchell did transfer the title to his brother while overseas for some of his ownership but registered it back into his name on his return to the UK.
This new information on the cars history came to light when Mr Mitchells son got in touch recently after having seen the car on a social media site, he remembers the car well while growing up when it was yellow ?????
It was yellow when Mr Woolnough had a complete engine rebuild carried out on the car in 1979,
This was when it carried it's original registration number NGM 206M and with only 23,761 miles on the clock at that time..
So one of the big questions is, when was the Cornish Gold changed to yellow ?
And when during Mr Mitchells ownership did he have it changed to the blue it currently wears ?
We have some photos of it in its current colour in 2009 that Mr Mitchells son has given us copies of, so it's clearly before then.
We are in contact with Mr Mitchells son trying to piece together any available historic documents and photographs but it's great to at least piece together another 34 years of the cars history that we didn't previously have.
What we are not in possession of is any history from September 1973 when it left Newport Pagnell in Cornish Gold up to July 1979 when Mr Woolnough had an engine rebuild and changed the Bosch fuel injection for the Weber carburettors when the car was yellow..
More news recently came to light (20/12/2021 )
That the first registered keeper of this car was a Mr AJ Miekle, does anyone have any knowledge of a Mr Miekle from the Maidstone area owning an AMV8 in 1973 ?
It is interesting how these facts pop up, now we have just 6 years of the cars history to piece together, more investigation needed......
More exciting news to add to the cars history as of (06/01/2022)
Tim Cottingham the well known AM Historian gave me a name that was in the AMOC Member listing of 1975 and listed a D Ellis as being a member and being the owner of 10674RCA at that time and with it a correspondence address.
Naturally curious, a quick Google search came up with a business name and contact number.
I called the number, a little bit like a kid in a sweet shop style, after a few rings it went to voicemail but as I was busy I hung up and planned to try again a little later,
Almost immediately my phone rang, I picked it up and the chap said ' hello you just rang me - my name is David can I help ?
I said yes, I'm Chris are you David Ellis ?
Yes he said.
Sorry to bother you but did you own a Cornish Gold AMV8 in 1974 I asked quite nervously thinking this will probably end up going nowhere ?
Yes I did he replied, lovely car but I didn't own it long, if you have a few minutes I'll talk about it ?
He described driving down to in St Ives Cornwall in a DBSV8 in July 1974 with his family for their summer holiday and that at some time during the holiday how he had got chatting to a motor trader about cars, specifically Astons and that he was keen to get an AMV8.
The trader told him there was one for sale really cheap and only 9 months old at a dealer in North Wales and up for sale for £4500.
So on the family's return home to Wigan they called in to the garage and David ultimately ended up buying the car in the September of that year.
About a year or so after he bought the car circa November 1975 it sadly got stolen from his farm and written off, the insurance company took it away and he never saw it again.
It was such a great car he told me, does it still have a towbar on it ?, it would do over 100 miles an hour with my speedboat on the back, well that's what we did back then he chuckled.
We talked for about 1/2 an hour but the long and short of our conversation was., the Cornish Gold was most likely changed to Yellow in 1975 after having been repaired and that the David Ellis I had just been speaking to was none other than THE David Ellis, very well known in the Aston Martin circles, long term AMOC member and successful racing driver.
The AMV8 10674RCA had clearly left an indelible print on him given his success with the V8's
Now that's pretty cool to have David Ellis as being the cars second owner...
So that's another piece of the puzzle..
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