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.
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.
In recent years this wonderful early V8 Volante has been substantially restored. Now described to be in excellent condition throughout, the car is offered with a swathe of invoices in excess of £33,000 GBP. All of the mechanical work has been done by a retired Aston engineer, and important work of course included upgrading the cooling and braking system.
Now fitted with a new Hood and Headlining, the car is ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian in the forthcoming summer months.