1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante Registration no. 7554 F Chassis no. V8COR15129 Engine no. V/540/5129/S
Aston Martin had always intended the DBS to house its new Tadek Marek-designed V8, but production difficulties meant that the car first appeared with the 4-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns, the four-seater DBS employed a platform-type chassis with independent suspension all round: wishbone and coil-spring at the front, De Dion with Watts linkage at the rear. Bigger and more luxuriously appointed than the DB6, the heavyweight DBS disappointed some by virtue of its slightly reduced performance, but there were no complaints when the V8 arrived in 1969. With an estimated 315bhp available from its 5,340cc four-cam motor, the DBS could reach 100mph in under 14 seconds, running on to a top speed of 160mph, a staggering performance in those days, and one which fully justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. Introduced in response to the US market's demand for such a car, the Volante convertible appeared in June 1978 boasting a lined, power-operated hood which, when erected, endowed the 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 140mph maximum nevertheless ranked it among the world's fastest convertibles. According to factory records, this Volante was destined for Hong Kong when new and was originally finished in Old English Pewter with Olive-piped Fawn trim and matching Fawn hood. It is understood that the car was built to the special order of business tycoon, Peter de Savary, incorporating various special features including a humidor for his cigars. Previously registered '14 GP', the Aston was looked after by Stratton Motor Co from 1995 to 1997 and in 2007 was purchased by the current vendor. In 2003 the recorded mileage total was 60,000 and by time of the last MoT test in October 2011 this has risen to 61,275. Since acquisition the Volante has formed part of a large collection of Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars, being kept on museum display in recent years. The car is offered with owner's handbook and Swansea V5C registration document.