1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195
Lot 211
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Registration no. OPP 945V Chassis no. V8COL/15195
Sold for £ 163,900 (US$ 208,427) inc. premium

Lot Details
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible  Chassis no. V8COL/15195
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Registration no. OPP 945V
Chassis no. V8COL/15195
* Fewer than 25,000 miles from new
* Left-hand drive
* Automatic transmission
* Professionally restored in 2017
* Concours condition
* Delivered new to the USA

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.

    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 latter 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 145mph-plus maximum nevertheless ranked it among the world's fastest convertibles. Mechanically the Volante followed the equivalent V8 or Vantage saloon of the period, and in 1986 benefited from the re-introduction of fuel injection along with its closed cousin, though the new system came courtesy of Weber rather than the earlier Bosch. Maximum power, which had dropped somewhat over the years, was restored to 305bhp in this last, Series 5, Aston Martin V8. V8 Volante chassis numbers ran from 15001 to 15849, a total of 849 cars.

    Its accompanying BMIHT Certificate reveals that this V8 Volante was built in left-hand drive configuration for the North American market and delivered via Aston Martin Lagonda Inc of New Rochelle, New York, USA (original documentation on file). Its original colour scheme was Jubilee Silver with dark blue interior and blue convertible hood. Weber carburettors, automatic gearbox, cruise control, Avon tyres, and Blue Onslow carpets are listed as factory fitted equipment. Completed in June 1980, this car is one of the first to be delivered with the improved '580' specification engine ('V/580/5195/LFA').

    Purchased from California in May 2016 and imported into the UK, '15195' has now been professionally restored to European specification and concours condition by Warren Classics of Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. In the course of this comprehensive rebuild, the car was entirely dismantled, refurbished, and reassembled, with all elements inspected and either rebuilt or replaced where necessary. The chassis, body, interior, hood, chrome, instruments, lighting equipment, and all mechanical components were restored, and the car bare-metal painted and completely re-trimmed. Specialists including the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, Nicholas Mee Ltd, and Rikki Cann assisted in ensuring that the car was rebuilt to original specification. All bills are available, and the car also comes with MoT to May 2019 and a UK V5C registration document.

    Stunningly finished in Imperial Blue with Parchment hide interior, and offered fresh from completion in 2017, this beautiful V8 Volante is ready to be treasured and enjoyed by its next custodian.
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