Registration no. German Registered Chassis no. SCFCV81C8GTL15449 Engine no. V/585/5449/LFM
'On fast and smooth roads, the Volante's handling is remarkably impressive; the big car turns in cleanly with a trace of understeer. In tighter corners, firm use of the throttle will push the tail wide, but the slide is gradual and virtually self-correcting.' Fast Lane.
Aston Martin's soft-top version of its successful V8 first appeared in June 1978, some ten years after the launch of the DBS on which its was based, resurrecting the evocative 'Volante' name that had first been used for the convertible DB6. Introduced in response to customers' demands for such a car, the Volante represented the ultimate in soft-top luxury, boasting a lined, power-operated hood which, when erected, endowed the walnut embellished interior with all the solidity and refinement associated with the saloon version. As Fast Lane magazine observed: 'If the word "convertible" produces in your mind an image of fiddling with wafer thin hood irons and fighting against a shrunken hood with numerous attachment points, you are not thinking of the Volante.'
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 and Vantage Volante chassis numbers ran from '15001' to '15849', a total of 849 cars.
Factory records show that left-hand drive chassis number '15449' was manufactured for the United States market and delivered complete with the optional Vantage front air dam, while the original finish is recorded as 'Cannock Black Masons'. The current vendor, an Aston Martin enthusiast and owner of a number of modern examples, purchased the Volante from Autosport Designs in New York in February 2006, since when the bumpers have been changed to the European specification. Forming part of the owner's private collection, the car has been kept well garaged and serviced annually by a local specialist, general mechanical works carried out last year resulting in a bill for 10,000. Offered with German Fahrzeugbrief.