1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COR/15142 Engine no. V/540/5142/S

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Lot 235
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Registration no. ASV 124 Chassis no. V8COR/15142 Engine no. V/540/5142/S

Sold for £ 31,586 (US$ 38,125) inc. premium
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Registration no. ASV 124
Chassis no. V8COR/15142
Engine no. V/540/5142/S

Footnotes

  • ‘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. 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.
    Purchased by the current owner at Bonhams’ sale at Aston Martin Works Service in May 2008 (Lot 328) chassis number ‘15142’ had been in the then owner’s hands for the preceding 22 years, and during that time had been continually maintained by his own Aston Martin-trained mechanic. Finished in Tourmaline Blue with cream leather upholstery, the Volante was treated to a bare metal re-spray 13 years ago, while the interior trim and hood were replaced 11 years ago, the latter with a superior mohair item. Accompanying documentation includes photographs of the work and a full record of MoTs. Fully serviced in September 2008 by marque specialists, Chris Shenton Engineering, the car is offered with current road fund licence, MoT to October 2009 and Swansea V5 registration document.
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COR/15142 Engine no. V/540/5142/S
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COR/15142 Engine no. V/540/5142/S
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COR/15142 Engine no. V/540/5142/S
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