1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180
Lot 60*
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Sold for €172,500 (US$ 202,446) inc. premium

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1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL15180
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Chassis no. V8COL15180
•Delivered new to the USA
•Desirable five-speed manual transmission
•Registered in Switzerland

'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.

After Aston Martin's acquisition by Company Developments in 1972, production resumed with the Series 2, now known as the Aston Martin V8 and distinguishable by a restyled front end recalling the looks of earlier Astons. The most successful Aston Martin ever, the V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, enjoying a record-breaking production run lasting from 1969 to 1988, with 2,919 cars sold.

Described by former Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett as, 'a stylish thoroughbred, beautifully built, luxurious, fast and immensely safe,' the V8 was built in several 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 and Vantage Volante chassis numbers ran from '15001' to '15849', a total of 849 cars.
An original left-hand drive model equipped with the desirable five-speed manual gearbox, this V8 Volante was delivered new in June 1980 to Aston Martin Lagonda Inc in the USA. Its original colour scheme was Madagascar Brown with fawn interior and matching soft-top. The current owner purchased the Volante in 1992.

Restored and repainted some time ago by a specialist in Winterthur, Switzerland, the car is now finished in metallic blue (a Mercedes-Benz colour) with beige interior, and has been fitted with a 'km/h' speedometer. Accompanying documentation includes a BMIHT certificate and a Swiss Carte Grise.

Please note this motor car is subject to the reduced local import tax should it remain in the EU.

Although the car also comes with a Swiss Carte Grise, ASI document, and a Carta di Circolazione, please note the car will be subject to re-import tax should it return to Switzerland with a new owner.

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