1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante' Chassis no. V8/12018/RCAS Engine no. V/540/2018/S
Lot 437
1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante'
Registration no. FNA 93T Chassis no. V8/12018/RCAS Engine no. V/540/2018/S
£33,000 - 40,000
US$ 55,000 - 67,000
Lot Details
1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante'
Coachwork by Daytona Motor Company

Registration no. FNA 93T
Chassis no. V8/12018/RCAS
Engine no. V/540/2018/S


  • '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.

    Aston Martin had always intended the DBS to house its new V8 engine, but production difficulties meant that the car first appeared with the DB6's 4.0-litre six. 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 finally arrived in 1969. With an estimated 315bhp available from its 5,340cc four-cam motor, the DBS V8 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.

    The Aston Martin V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, appearing in countless variants, one of the more exclusive being the Volante convertible. Introduced in response to customers' demands for such a car, the Volante first appeared in June 1978. 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. As Fast Lane 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 chassis numbers ran from '15001' to '15849', a total of 849 cars.

    Considered by many to be one of the most elegant of Aston Martins, the Volante convertible has been imitated frequently. This automatic transmission V8 is one of seven professionally converted to 'Volante' specification in 1988 by the Daytona Motor Company of London. We are advised that all the others were exported. Recent works carried out include replacing the timing chain, air conditioning compressor and the front brake callipers' pistons and seals. Described by the vendor as in generally serviceable condition, the car is offered with current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • This vehicle now has a new MoT, expiring 14 October 2014 and Road Tax valid until the end of April 2014. It should be noted that this vehicle does not have an electrically powered hood. Please note that this vehicle is fitted with a stainless steel exhaust system.
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