1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213

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Lot 67
1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE

US$ 175,000 - 225,000
£ 140,000 - 180,000
1980 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE
Chassis no. V8C0L15213
Engine no. V580/5213/LFA

5,340cc DOHC V-8 Engine
4 Dual-Throat Weber Carburetors
275bhp at 5,500rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes


*Featured in the 1980s hit television series Dynasty
*Less than 37,000 miles from new and immaculate original condition throughout
*US-delivered, left-hand-drive example
*Offered with rare first aid kit, tools and copy of the factory build record



THE ASTON MARTIN V8

"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-liter 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 convertible 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.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

According to copies of Aston Martin's factory build records on file, this V8 Volante was completed at the Newport Pagnell Aston Martin Works in September of 1980, with its final destination set to the US – more particularly Beverly Hills, California, where legendary fashion designer Bijan Pakzad took delivery of the new Aston Martin. The car was equipped with a left-hand-drive steering arrangement, and finished in Storm Red over a natural interior and brown carpets; just as it appears today.

Now this exact car, chassis number V8C0L15213, had a special purpose when new, as it was featured in the 1980s hit television series Dynasty. The luxurious top-of-the-line red Aston Martin was a shoe-in for the American soap opera produced by Aaron Spelling, starring John Forsythe as the wealthy oil magnate Blake Carrington, Linda Evans as his wife Krystle and, later, Joan Collins as his former wife Alexis.

The V8 Volante is believed to have remained in Bijan Pakzad's collection for several decades before being donated – in highly original, low-mileage condition – to the Petersen Automotive Museum in the early 2000s, where it would remain in the permanent collection until 2008. With a mere 33,000 miles on the odometer, the V8 Volante was sold to the current owner in 2010, a Colorado-based collector with an eye for outstanding Aston Martins.

Sitting on correct BBS cross-spoke alloy wheels and equipped with twin Cibie driving and fog lamps, the powerful Aston Martin has just the right look. The luxurious interior is in excellent condition and features burr walnut details and a gold plaque on the console confirming this Aston Martin's role in Dynasty. With less than 37,000 miles on the odometer today, this well-preserved Aston-Martin still retains much of its original Storm Red paint and tan leather interior.

Offered here with a copy of the car's factory build sheet, tools, and the rare first aid kit, this powerful Aston Martin is ready to cruise the most fashionable boulevards on the planet. With the powerful V8 engine, this car is a very useful piece of British motoring history which will both work as a summer cruiser or a high-speed rally car.

Footnotes

  • Please note car is titled 1981.
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1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8C0L15213
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