1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 6.3-Litre Convertible Registration no. F959 EVF Chassis no. 15728 Engine no. V8/580/5728/X
'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. Produced to satisfy demands from the USA, the Volante convertible version of Aston Martin's V8 debuted in 1978 but it was not until 1986 that it became available to Vantage specification, which by this time meant around 400bhp. Along with the Vantage engine and bonnet came flared wheelarches, a boot spoiler (a feature the Volante had previously lacked) and an extended front spoiler, while glassfibre extensions replaced the model's hitherto characteristic chromed sill covers. The result was a muscular, aggressive-looking car that could justifiably claim to be the world's fastest convertible. Arguably the ultimate in soft-top luxury, the V8 Volante 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. This lovely V8 Vantage Volante was sold new via Aston Martin Sales in London to Mr D McTaggart, of Pont Street, London SW1. The car has been converted to 6.3-Litre specification by marque specialists, R S Williams Ltd and is reported to have 470bhp and 419lb/ft of torque on tap, considerably more than the 'X-Pack'-equipped 5.3-litre Vantage. Converted from automatic to five-speed manual transmission, '15728' has had only four keepers since its first registration (as 'F585 OYR') on the 4th November 1988 and is presented in immaculate condition, finished in its original livery of Rolls-Royce Balmoral Green with tan hide interior and dark green mohair hood. Other noteworthy features include electrically operated windows, door mirrors and hood, central locking, 'Prince of Wales'-style sunken switch panel, coin box, high centre console with side-hinged lid, and a modern Pioneer radio/CD player with upgraded hi-fi system incorporating additional speakers. The latter are fitted in new housings located on the interior panels that also provide door pocket storage. Benefiting from £54,000 spent by the last owner, the car currently displays a total of 37,910 miles on the odometer and is offered with factory record card, original warranty and owner's handbook; AML service booklet covering the period 1988-1991; subsequent service history with HWM, Stratstones, Stratton Motor Company and R S Williams; current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.