Aston Martin V8 Series 4 Oscar India Sports Saloon

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V8 Series 4 Oscar India Sports Saloon





In January 1977 the factory had introduced a series of engine modifications known as the 'Stage 1' tune, its presence indicated by the suffix 'S' applied to both chassis and engine numbers, and this enhanced specification was standard on the 'Oscar India' cars. The 'Oscar India' was in production for almost eight years with a total of 293 built, of which 224 are known to be right-hand drive and 64 left-hand drive.

The "Oscar India" specification was introduced in October 1978 at the Birmingham International Motor Show. Visually, the former scoop on the bonnet gave way to a closed "power bulge", while a spoiler was integrated into the tail. Most Oscar India cars were equipped with a Chrysler "Torqueflite" three-speed automatic transmission, with wood trim fitted for the first time since the DB2/4 of the 1950s. The power of the now de-smogged engines kept dropping on American market cars, down to a low of 245 hp (183 kW) in the early eighties.

The convertible "Volante" was introduced in June 1978, but featured the Series 4 bonnet a few months before the coupé received the Oscar India update. The Volante Series 1 weighs 70 kg (155 lb) more than the coupé, due to the necessity of reinforcing the frame. US market cars received much larger bumpers beginning with the 1980 model year, adding weight and somewhat marring the car's lines. Owners of US-specified cars often modify them to have the slimmer European bumpers.


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