Over its three-year production run, the total number of V8 Vantage Volantes of all derivatives was 194, the one on offer here today being the only example delivered new to Switzerland.
Rolling off the production-line in 1989, #15774 is believed to be the last but one car built by Aston Martin before the Ford acquisition of the marque. Supplied uniquely to the first of its three owners, with Aston factory fitted twin spoke Borrani wire wheels and documentation of the sale is available in its file. This special request by its first owner caused so much consternation, with Aston Martin at first refusing to fit the wheels and warrant the vehicle, stating that the 450bhp 5.3 litre V8 engine would produce too much torque for the strength of the wheels. There followed a great deal of correspondence between Borrani and Aston before suitably designed double-spoked strengthened wheels were fitted. The AMOC are aware of only one other AMV8 similarly equipped.
During its second period of ownership, the car had initially returned to Newport Pagnell for a complete overhaul before joining a number of vehicles on permanent display over many years. During this time, only a few hundred kilometres were added to the odometer before eventually returning to its owner in Germany.
Subsequently purchased by its current custodian some 14 years ago, he himself collected and drove the car from Munich back to his home in the South of France where it was enjoyed in the French Riviera. Eventually patriating the car to England, it then then received an engine rebuild and eventually a comprehensive restoration by marque specialists such as the renowned Grange of Exeter and Nostalgia cars of Taunton.
Having been restored to its original splendour and being of unique specification, naturally the car was selected and featured in the Aston-martin owners club magazine. So fastidious is the owner that in preparation for sale, the car has just received a restoration of the car’s walnut interior trimmings.
This quite exceptional machine, beautifully finished, maintained and appointed, with some very noteworthy historical importance, being one of only two Aston Martins of its type ever supplied new with Borrani wire wheels and being the second to last car ever to leave Newport Pagnell during the evocative and swaschbucking years of Victor Gauntlet, perhaps established as one of the most significant in the entire history of the brand.
Interested parties should note that the registration plate featured is available by separate negotiation.