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Lot 383: Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

It's not by any means the world's most expensive drophead in production (the Corniche costs an extra 23,000) nor is it quite the quickest, though a Porsche Cabrio would have to be very well driven to get away from it, but the Aston Martin Volante is perhaps the greatest. It is a true sports car which is also luxuriously comfortable.' - Fast Lane. Aston Martin had always intended the DBS to house its new V8 engine, but production difficulties meant that the car first appeared with the DB6's 4.0-litre six. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavyweight DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 finally arrived in 1969. With an estimated 315bhp available from its 5,340cc four-cam motor, the DBS V8 could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph, a staggering performance in those days and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. After Aston Martin's acquisition by Company Developments in 1972, production resumed with the Series 2, now known as the Aston Martin V8 and distinguishable by a restyled front end recalling the looks of earlier Astons. The most successful Aston Martin ever, the V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, enjoying a record-breaking production run lasting from 1969 to 1988, with 2,919 cars sold. Described by former Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett as, 'a stylish thoroughbred, beautifully built, luxurious, fast and immensely safe,' the V8 was built in several variants, one of the more exclusive being the Volante convertible. Introduced in response to customers' demands for such a car, the Volante first appeared in June 1978. Arguably the ultimate in soft-top luxury, the newcomer boasted a lined, power-operated hood which, when erected, endowed the walnut embellished interior with all the solidity and refinement associated with the saloon version. Although its open-car aerodynamics meant that top speed suffered with the hood down, the Volante's 150mph maximum nevertheless ranked it among the world's fastest convertibles. V8 Volante and Vantage Volante chassis numbers ran from '15001' to '15849', a total of 849 cars. Finished in Tourmaline Blue with blue-piped fawn leather interior, this automatic transmission V8 Volante has covered 89,000 miles from new. The car is described by the vendor as in generally good condition, having benefited from regular servicing and maintenance by marque specialists, Trinity Engineering while in the possession of the current owner, who acquired it 12 years ago. A new convertible hood was installed in 2000 and we are advised that it remains in good working condition. Ready to enjoy for the forthcoming motoring season, this well maintained V8 Volante is offered with sundry bills, MoT to 22nd November 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number383
Estimate£38000-£45000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1979
Condition rating3
Registration numberHFG 142T
Mileage-
Chassis numberV8/COR/15066
Engine numberV/540/5066/S
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2