The V8 Vantage was noted in the April 1978 issue of Motor Sport Magazine as being the fastest accelerating production car in the world, capable of rocketing from 0–60 mph in 5.4 seconds. Motor Magazine, not to be outdone, took a Series II out on 25 April 1981 and beat that time with the run in just 5.2 seconds. These figures are still impressive today, especially considering the weight of its stature as a luxurious GT, though clothed in aluminium bodywork. Beginning in October 1978, these cars gained improvements to their body styling, including the trademark Vantage aerodynamic package as part of the so-called Series II or 'Oscar India' generation.
One of the 172 genuine 425 bhp V8 Vantage models produced between 1978 and 1985, this car was one of the first dozen built in 1979. RM Sotheby's will be offering this example at their upcoming Arizona auction between the 19-20th January. For more information on this and other vehicles at the sale, click on the link below. Photos: Erik Fuller ©2016 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's.