1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-Pack 6.3. Matching numbers engine rebuilt and upgraded by the factory to 6.3l configuration. Impeccably presented and pabulously documented. Likely the finest example in existance.
Aston Martin introduced their ultimate performance offering of the V8 Vantage at the 1986 British International Motor Show. Regarded by many automotive historians to be Britain’s first Supercar, the remarkable top of the line performance package known as the ‘X-Pack’, derived from the 580X engine designation, delivered a whopping amount of power and torque in this final iteration of the beloved “Oscar India” (1978 October Introduction) Aston Martin. The heart of the package was the V8 engine, topped with four 48mm twin-choke down draft Weber carburetors. The commanding quad-cam 580X engine included Cosworth pistons, Nimrod racing heads, larger inlet ports and manifold, and higher lift cams. Although 410-420bhp was reported, a 432bhp Works Service “Big Bore” variation was available with a big bore airbox, manifolds, and carefully bored carburetors to 50mm. But the ultimate version was a 6.3 liter factory upgrade which later became available from Aston Martin Works Service (factory service facility), reportedly capable of achieving as much as 450bhp, along with delivering prodigious torque.
Cosmetically the car was also developed to offer a visually powerful appearance in keeping with the capability lurking under the bonnet. A taller power bulge made room for the Weber carbs, a deep front air dam improved air flow, extended side skirts, and wider fender flairs, all combined to give the car a hunkered down “take no prisoners” stance. Performance was nothing short of astonishing, particularly against top competitors like Ferrari and Porsche. 0-60 mph times came in at a jaw dropping 5.3 seconds, a tenth of a second faster than the Ferrari Daytona. The sheer power and massive acceleration combined with luxurious appointments and a convenient rear seat, made the ‘X-Pack’ legendary against all competitors. Just 132 Vantage ‘X-Pack’ models were constructed between 1986 and 1989, all of which were specifically built for European markets.
This particular car is the 48th ‘X-Pack’ to come off the Newport Pagnell assembly line, late in 1987. According to records accompanying the car, the factory included many 1988 improvements as it was prepared for display at the Scottish Motor Show. Among the most sought-after addition was the highly desirable 16” Ronal wheels. Further features included air conditioning, electric windows, central locking, and electrically adjustable door mirrors. Delivered new to Murray Motor Company in Scottland, March 1988, the advancing years of ownership were accompanied by proper services from factory centers with documentation supporting the 73,000 miles it covered during regular use until purchased by Bramley Motor Cars, UK in 2007.
Having been exceptionally well cared for since new, with cosmetic and service details thoughtfully carried out by Aston Martin professionals, copious documentation of services and inspections recorded in the warranty book and multiple MOT certificates, all support the history of this fine car. Sorted and annotated in a robust binder of records, the documentation also includes detailed invoices for the comprehensive restoration work performed under Bramley’s ownership. During the restoration the car was treated to a full glass-out bare-metal respray in period correct Rolls-Royce Royal Blue by Spray-Tec Restorations. The interior was retrimmed in brown Wilton carpets with Bitter Chocolate Autolux leather, both of which were finished with light grey piping. The gearbox and rear axle were removed and rebuilt, while the entire engine was carefully removed, documented, and shipped to the factory service department, Aston Martin Works. Retaining the original block, the engine was rebuilt to the remarkable 6.3 liter specifications, itself totaling over $80,000.00. During the restoration process the engine was reported to have produced the highest specific output of any 6.3 recorded to date. Other mechanical service included a new AC compressor converted to 134A, an upgraded braking system, Z core radiator, and a new stainless-steel exhaust system.
Restoration service records included with the car document every aspect of the restoration process including parts and service processes performed by renown specialists such as Richard Stewart Williams Limited, Reg Vardy PLC, BPA Engineering, UK, Elite Coach Trimming, and the Aston Martin Heritage Center. Further records include multiple period invoices for general service from Chapman Spooner dating back to 1988 and through the 1990s and early 2000s. The restoration concluded in 2013 with refinements and regular service performed as needed. Most recently, an Aston Martin Assured Provenance certificate, awarded from the newly created factory authorized program documenting historically important cars, has been issued for this car.
Today this remarkable Aston Martin presents as a stunning statement combining power and elegance. The paint is smooth and glossy with a deep luster, showing hints of violet in the metallic blue surfaces, particularly in vivid sunlight. The body work and paint are of very high quality with excellent finish throughout the exterior surfaces. The door jambs, and inner panels have been equally refined and detailed. The unique and rare polished Ronal wheels are in excellent condition and are shod with a set of contemporary tires. Lenses, glass and lighting are clean and without notable blemishes including the gaskets and various polished trim surrounding these features. All emblems and exterior details are beautifully finished and in excellent condition, appearing essentially as new.
The interior is elegantly finished and looks, smells, and feels much like it would have when new. The premium leather luxury seating surfaces, center console, and dashboard are all sumptuously presented, and mildly relaxed from those fortunate to have enjoyed driving the car after restoration. Aston Martin interiors have always been bespoke, offering the finest materials and features, particularly in striking color combinations. Here too, the dashboard and assorted instrumentation vividly contrast the ivory piping against the dark colors, and various chrome details. The rich chocolate leather is complemented by glossy lacquered burled walnut inserts, and a Nardi wood rimmed steering wheel. The condition of the carpeting, doors, headliner, and other soft interior surfaces is excellent throughout. The trunk is finished with matching materials and appropriate tools, jack, and safety triangle with factory cases.
Under the hood, the Aston Martin V8 engine is itself a mechanical work of art. Specially badged by Aston Martin “Engine Built to 6.3 Litre Specification by Ray Brown Aston Martin Lagonda Service Department”, the quad-cam heads proudly display the Aston Martin name, four Weber carburetors, intake manifold casting, and other remarkably clean components that make up the restored engine compartment. All materials, hardware, and lines are representative of the original specifications including the functional air conditioning. The underside has been maintained to a very high standard as well since the restoration was completed. The car shows no evidence of structural damage though it appears that the door sills may have been replaced in 1998 as noted in the historic summary of the car prepared in 2004.
Opening the door and entering the car, you immediately realize the interior space is both roomy and comfortable. The seating position offers an executive command of the impressive hood and expansive dashboard. Starting the car, the engine erupts into an authoritative exhaust note, ready for action. The gearbox is easily at hand, with the clutch smoothly engaging, allowing for easy shifting. Acceleration is legendary as power comes on and the Webers deliver that eager ‘X-Pack’ throttle roar, opening up far more that an already robust ‘X-Pack’, this being the 6.3 liter variant. Driving manners are impressive with a combination of power and prestige, while packing a wonderful punch and seemingly endless powerband climbing to high speeds. Handling is smooth but sporty, and instantly epic when downshifted and engaged to pass.
Accompanying the car is a large notebook with numerous records dating back to 1988, articles on the car when originally released, a copy of the factory build sheet, factory owner’s manual, former MOT certificates, tools, jack, and safety triangle all in factory bags, plus a copy of the hardbound Aston Martin Vantage book by V8 Vantage expert Kean Rogers, which features a detailed history of this car, as well as records documenting the Bramley restoration.
Remarkably fast, beautifully equipped, and comprehensively restored, this Aston Martin V8 Vantage ‘X-Pack’ 6.3 liter Works Service version offers the ultimate in power and prestige GT motoring. Recognized as one of the finest performance cars of the era, Aston Martin conquered the supercar market with a fierce and unrelenting authority that continues to define their contemporary offerings.
First registration 3/1988
0-100 km/h in around 5 seconds
Top speed 280 km/h
Price 429,000 Euro (negotiable)