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Lot 235: Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible

Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars, Bonhams (19 May 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. The Aston Martin V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, appearing in countless 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 chassis numbers ran from '15001' to '15849', a total of 849 cars. First registered on 1st January 1980 as 'LUM 666V', chassis number '15151' passed to its second owner, J Lawrence of Honeysuckle Fashions Ltd, Leeds on 1st February 1982. The vendor purchased the Aston on 24th July 1984 via Hawks of 32 Queens Gate Mews, London SW7, the odometer reading at that time being 29,900 miles. Its registration during his ownership has been '18 PEA'; this has been retained and it is now 'ETH 261V'. An almost continuous run of MoTs on file (only one or two are missing) dating back to 1984 confirms the recorded mileage of circa 70,000 as genuine. Bills on file document routine maintenance and annual servicing by marque specialist Ian Mason (now Aston Service London) from 1984 to the present day. The most recent service at Aston Service London was carried out in January 2010 at 69,500 miles and there are bills on file for a new fuel pump and tyres (2005 at 67,000 miles) and replacement of the sills by Panel Wise of Weybridge, Surrey in 2001 at 62,000 miles. Finished in blue with blue-piped magnolia leather upholstery, this well cared for Volante is offered from careful long-term ownership and comes the aforementioned service history, current road fund licence, MoT to February 2013 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
TypeCar
Lot Number235
Estimate£25000-£30000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£39000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£42550
Year1997
Condition rating
Registration numberETH 261V
Mileage-
Chassis numberV8COR/15151
Engine numberV/540/5151/S
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2