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. 1978 saw the introduction of a much-awaited Volante convertible, with a power operated fully lined hood. The V8 evolved over its long production life, more engine modifications being introduced in 1980 with the “580 series” engine, BBS wheels replacing the GKN alloys in 1983, and in late 1985 the adoption of Weber Marelli fuel injection. These “585” engined cars were notable for their flat bonnet line and were the final development of the model.
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 top speed 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. Total production of V8 Volante with Weber carburettors reached 441 examples of which just 157 are known to be right hand drive and only 19 of these known to have manual transmission. This leaves 266 known left hand drive cars and of these, just 50 with manual transmission. Of the left hand drive cars, 173 were sold in North America. The V8 Volante was an overwhelming success accounting for more than half of the V8 engined Astons produced every year.
Chassis number 15480 is one of just 47 with original European specification, leaving the factory at Newport Pagnell in 1986. Ordered new with the desirable automatic transmission the volante was dressed in Aston Martin Racing Green with a green everflex hood and beige Connolly hide upholstery exactly as the car remains today. Delivered new on the 18th June 1986 by Aston Martin Sales, London to a Mr O Otham.
Just three custodians have been lucky enough to own this fine example, one of which who owned the car for some 26 years before moving it on. The Aston is supplied with its original period handbook and wallet pack as well as original factory fitted luggage and a documented service record. Detailed ownership history including original receipts from Aston Martin Specialists as well as recent invoices from marque specialist’s RS Williams also accompany the car. Offered with a comprehensive history file, UK registration document and current MoT test certificate. With only ca. 14,000 miles showing on the odometer, we are sure this lovely example must be one of the best v8 volantes on the market today.