1996 Aston Martin V8 Coupe Automatic

1996 Aston Martin V8 Coupe Automatic


An Aston Martin V8 with a unique history


There is rare and there is unique! The car we are delighted to offer is rare and certainly unique! And what make this particular car unique is the interesting backstory. One of the last hand-built Aston Martins and with only 101 cars ever made; this outstanding example is everything you would expect from the ‘quintessentially British’ motoring legend that is Aston Martin.


First registered in Singapore to a banker on Oct 23, 1996, it was the only Aston Martin V8 Coupe delivered at the time, in the entire country. It was driven in Singapore for just six months and with just 5080 KM on the odometer, it was stored away since. In 1998, the owner decided to de-registered the car and have it shipped to Hong Kong because he was going to move his business here. The move never materialized, so since arrival, the car has never been driven for 18 years and parked in the same parking spot for no less than 14 years!


The car was parked and never moved out of its parking spot in the basement of an estate in Fortress Hill. Fortunately the car was underground and protected from the direct sunlight and elements, but no one touched the car for those 18 years. Current owner took over in 2012 and started a full 4 year re-commissioning work for the car. Completed just as the car turns 20 years old, then re-registered for road use in June 2017.


Today, the car has only done just 7000 km, but due to unavoidable replacement of the odometer, the new odometer only shows ~1000 km. Everything in the car is original with the exception of the stereo which was replaced with a Pioneer flip-up unit. The original Alpine system is kept so it can be reverted back to 100% original. Whilst the original tires had only travelled 5080 km they had become hard and were replaced by a fresh set of Pirellis.


The car has had numerous parts replaced that deteriorated during its 18 years in storage. The car now drives like a dream and is in as new condition. The red pin stripe has been removed as this was not original from Aston Martin. The paint work is original and shows no sign of deterioration. The condition of the car throughout can only be described today as excellent in every respect.


It’s the sheer presence of these formidable cars that first holds your attention. In classic Black it really is stunning and a joy to behold from every angle. Few cars, even to this day, command quite the same level of awe and respect that is afforded to this masterpiece of automotive design.


Then you have the interior; step inside and you are surrounded by hand-crafted opulence. Sumptuous Connolly Leather in Black, contrasting beautifully the traditional wood veneers and chrome fittings, surely this is one of Aston Martin’s finest hand-crafted interiors.


The final part of the equation comes in the form of fabulous engineering. Nothing else sounds like a hand-built Aston Martin V8, just turning the key and revving the engine is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, but of course it’s out on the open road that it all comes together.


History on First Ownership


- Owner's Manual and Service book indicated that the car was registered on Oct 23, 1996

- Pre-Delivery Inspection done at 350KM

- Car driven in Singapore for 5080 KM and Stored away

- De-Registered in Singapore on Dec 28, 1998

- Arrived in Hong Kong in 1999

- Parked and never moved for 18 years since

- Ownership was transferred in December 2011


Recommissioning from 2012 to 2016


- New Alternator & Starter

- Fuel System refresh

- Brakes refurbish

- ECU replacement and re-programming

- All Engine, Cooling and Transmission Fluids

- All Belts

- Exhaust system overhaul

- Electrical System, Spark plugs, sensors

- All Filters, A/C System restore

- Engine cooling system restore

- Suspension restore (bushings, linkage)

- Paint restore on front left door and rear left fender

- Wax and Polish

- New Tires


Maintenance work 2016 - 2019


2017 (Recorded mileage 5742km)


- New bonnet handle

- Align A/C compressor belt and adjust tensioner

- New Brake Pads Front & Rear

- New Brake fluids

- Replaced all fuel injector O-rings

- Reconditioned distributor, Replace Spark Plugs and changed Impulse sensor


2018 (Recorded mileage 6487km)


- Replaced ball joint

- Wheel alignment

- New bonnet spring

- New Speedo/ Odometer (At recorded 6600KM) - Reset to 0KM


2019 (Recorded mileage 912 km)


- Re-surfaced Brake Disc

- Replaced coolant hose and expansion tank




Following the ending of Virage production in 1994, Aston Martin offered two V8 models; the supercharged Vantage and Volante. At the 1996 Geneva Motor Show, Aston Martin unveiled a 3rd car in the range, the V8 Coupe. Sharing a similar appearance with the supercharged Vantage, with minor revisions to wheel arches, front spoiler and grille, the V8 Coupe was powered by a naturally aspirated version of the 5.3 litre V8 engine, producing 349 bhp via a 4-speed automatic transmission, enough to power the car to over 155mph and a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds.


With its purposeful yet elegant styling, combined with a luxurious and very comfortable interior, the V8 Coupe remains popular with collectors and enthusiasts looking for a true ‘coach built’ Aston Martin, hand built at the Newport Pagnell factory. Currently valued at under half the price of an equivalent supercharged Vantage, combined with the lower running costs associated with the model, the V8 Coupe is widely appreciated as excellent value in today’s market place.


Production of the V8 Coupe ran until 1999 by which time only 101 examples had been built, one of the last truly hand-built Astons before the factory geared up for Vanquish production. This makes it a rarer sight on the roads than the iconic DB5 !



  • Fascinating Story to re-commission a "barn-find"

  • 2 owners since new, sparingly driven, as-new condition throughout

  • Documented history and service

  • Indicated Mileage: 1073KM (Indicated) ~7000KM (Actual)

  • Hong Kong Registered (0 owners shown on VRD)


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