1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595

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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'
Registration no. E648 ERC Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595

Sold for £ 225,500 (US$ 313,399) inc. premium
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'
Registration no. E648 ERC
Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
*One of only 166 Vantage Volantes made
*Automatic transmission
*Maintained by recognised Aston Martin specialists
*Extensive history file

Footnotes

  • 'Anyone wondering why Aston Martin bother to make their own vee-8 when so many big American ones are so cheaply available need take only one look at the performance data... for the best explanation in the world. Whatever the undisclosed output of the Aston V8, it is enough to rocket this heavy car to 60mph from rest in exactly six seconds and to 100mph in only 14.7 seconds. Much more than this, we were able to reach 138 mph from rest in a mile and on the Continent record a mean maximum speed of 161.5 mph.' - Autocar, 8 July 1971.

    With the resurrection of the 'Vantage' name in 1977, Aston Martin enthusiasts everywhere breathed a sigh of relief; previously applied to high-power versions of the DB six-cylinder cars, it had been dormant since the V8's arrival back in 1969. A heavier car than its six-cylinder predecessor, the V8 had suffered as emissions legislation became ever more strangulating, leading to concern that Aston Martin's traditional performance image might be lost. The arrival of the Vantage dispelled any such worries.

    Propelling Aston's V8 back into the supercar league was a tuned version of the existing 5,340cc engine breathing through a quartet of 48mm Weber carburettors rather than the standard 42mm units. Valves and ports were enlarged and the camshafts changed, the end result being an estimated maximum output of around 375bhp. Chassis changes were minimal apart from the adoption of bigger ventilated discs all round and low-profile Pirelli tyres. The Vantage was, nevertheless, readily distinguishable from the standard product by virtue of its blocked-off bonnet scoop, blanked air intake, front chin spoiler and lip on the boot lid.

    Produced to satisfy demands from the USA, the Volante convertible debuted in 1978, but it was not until 1986 that it became available to Vantage specification, which by this time meant around 400bhp. Along with the Vantage engine and bonnet came flared wheelarches, boot spoiler (a feature the Volante had previously lacked) and extended front spoiler, while glassfibre extensions replaced the model's hitherto characteristic chromed sill covers. The result was a muscular, aggressive-looking car that could justifiably claim to be the world's fastest convertible, all the more so when it came with the optional 432bhp 'X-Pack' engine.

    A genuine Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack, chassis number '15595' comes with copies of factory records showing that it was purchased from AM Sales on 25th September 1987 by Burton Group Plc (now Arcadia Group), whose headquarters was in London's Oxford Street. The original registration number was '88 RMH', and the Car Record Card has been annotated 'converted to auto in service'.

    The accompanying history file contains not only the original and fully stamped service booklet, verifying the mileage of 72,740 miles from new, but also numerous invoices from recognised marque specialists including Ian Mason and Rikki Cann. The latter carried out extensive works while '15595' was with previous owner Lloyd Billing (from 2000 onwards), including bodywork repairs in 2002 and an engine rebuild (at 61,198 miles) in September 2003. There are also photographs on file of a bare-metal restoration. More recently, the car has benefited from the attentions of another renowned marque specialist, Desmond Smail, and comes with a copy of the latter's road test report dated February 2014. The current vendor purchased the Aston later that same year. Any maintenance works required since then have been carried by independent Aston Martin specialists Four Ashes Garage Ltd (bills on file).

    Currently MoT'd and obviously well cared for, as evidenced by the extensive history file, the car is presented in its original colour combination of Cumberland Grey with blue-piped Mushroom leather interior, and is described by the vendor as in excellent condition all round. Offered with a UK V5C registration document.
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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
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1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'X-Pack'  Chassis no. SCFCV81V2HTR15595
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