1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack (RHD)
The 170mph top speed of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage introduced in 1977 placed it firmly in the supercar league of the period. 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. The straight-line performance was impressive by any standards, with the sprint from 0-60mph being accomplished in a relatively disdainful 5.3 seconds; a touch quicker than even the mighty Ferrari Daytona. Of course the Vantage name had previously been used on a number of high-performance versions of Aston Martin cars, but was now being employed to represent a model in its own right. And although based on the proven V8 model, numerous detail changes combined to create a unique driving experience for the newcomer.
The 1986-1989 580 ‘X-Pack’ was an upgrade which, courtesy of Cosworth pistons and Nimrod racing-type cylinder heads, had an output of no less than 420bhp. 16-inch Ronal split-rim wheels were another part of the X-Pack package. Just 137 X-Pack derivatives were made all told, making this a rare and desirable car by any standard.
DD Classics is please to offer for sale a stunning 1988 righthand drive, UK specification, manual Coupe. The car has clearly been fastidiously maintained over the course of its life and has been totally restored to an incredible standard. We seriously believe you would be hard pressed to find another example in this condition anywhere in the world.
Our X Pack Coupe is finished in the most handsome combination of Rolls-Royce Royal Blue with Champagne hide piped in blue and Aston Martin embossed Blue carpets. Last year the X-Pack was treated to a £7,000 service at Aston Martin specialist’s RS Williams, and is now presented in stunning mechanical and cosmetic condition throughout. Also accompanying the car is a fantastic history file containing a large number of invoices detailing works carried out as well as the original purchase invoice.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning example of the most desirable of all Aston Martin V8 Vantage models and one of the most cherished British supercars of all time.