1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
Lot 232
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595 Engine no. V/580/5595/X
Sold for £95,580 (US$ 159,894) inc. premium
Lot Details
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Registration no. E648 ERC
Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
Engine no. V/580/5595/X


  • One of only 19 right-hand drive Vantage Volantes completed with automatic transmission, chassis number '15595' was first registered to the Burton Group of Oxford Street, London WC1. It was supplied by Aston Martin Sales of London SW7 on 25th September 1987 and has had five previous owners, two belonging to the same company: The Tape Gallery. Classic Times owned the Aston in 1994.

    The accompanying service booklet has been stamped from new at regular intervals by AML and independent specialists Ian Mason and Rikki Cann, the latter's service bills alone totalling over £30,000. Noteworthy entries record a full engine rebuild in 2003 by Rikki Cann, who also carried out a concours standard full restoration to original specification between 2008 and 2011. Some 70,000 miles have been covered from new and fewer than 250 since the no-expense-spared rebuild's completion. The car's unquestionable quality was publicly recognised when it received a 2nd-in-class award at the AMOC's Autumn Concours at Boughton House in 2012.

    The vendor acquired the Aston on 1st May 2007 and used it for a couple of years, taking part in various AMOC tours and events. The last of these was at RAF Cottesmore in Rutland, which included a top speed blast along the long runway at over 150mph. 'E648 ERC' was then subject to the aforementioned 'last nut and bolt' restoration, a full photographic record of which is on file. Work undertaken included a full body and chassis overhaul with new floors and sills; all suspension fully rebuilt with all items powder coated; new bushes and bearings fitted; and the hypoid unit overhauled. The underside has been stripped to bare metal, red oxide primed, stone chip sealed and repainted along with a full chassis and body Waxoyl injection treatment.

    The engine was refreshed as it had been overhauled only 10,000 miles previously, while the gearbox was rebuilt and the brakes overhauled using stainless steel pistons. New tyres were fitted to the original BBS alloy wheels. Found to be in excellent condition, the interior was fully cleaned, new carpets tailored and fitted, and a new mohair hood installed. The chrome trim has been triple plated. Other noteworthy features include a Nardi steering wheel and the original Cobra alarm, still in working order.

    Finished in Cumberland Grey with Mushroom leather upholstery and leather-bound grey carpeting, this rare and beautiful Aston Martin soft-top comes complete with tool kit and is offered with sundry invoices, current MoT and Swansea V5C document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the photo of the engine in the printed catalogue is for lot 228 not this lot. The correct photos of the engine can be viewed online.
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