Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191

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Lot 133
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante

€ 300,000 - 350,000
US$ 340,000 - 390,000
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new
1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante
Chassis no. V8COL/15191
•One of only a very few original left-hand drive examples with the sought-after manual transmission
•Original colour scheme
•Recently recommissioned at no expense spared
•Highly original example


Footnotes

  • 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 engine, 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 customer demand 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 top which, when erected, endowed the walnut embellished interior with all the solidity and refinement associated with the saloon version. The 5,340cc DOHC V8 Engine with 4 Dual-Throat Weber Carburetors produced 300bhp at 6,000rpm. Although its open-car aerodynamics meant that top speed suffered with the top down, the Volante's 240km/h 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 only 849 cars.

    According to copies of Aston Martin's factory build records, this V8 Volante was shipped from the UK on 23rd May 1980 to Aston Martin Sales Inc of New Rochelle, New York. Left-hand drive and equipped with the five-speed manual transmission and a Vantage front air dam, it was finished in Jubilee Silver with black leather interior, black carpeting, and a black Everflex convertible top, as it is today.

    Sold in July 1981 to its first owner, the Aston was transported to California where it would remain until it was sold to the second owner six years later with only 14,000 miles recorded. For the following three decades, this superb V8 Volante was driven sparingly and is today presented with only 43,106 miles showing on the odometer. The immediately preceding owner purchased the car from Doc Severinsen, former bandleader on 'The Tonight Show', and before Mr Severinsen's ownership it resided in Palm Springs.

    The current vendor, specifically looking for this rare (Volante, early series with carburation, left-hand drive, ZF 5-speed manual gearbox) version purchased the Aston in the USA in August 2016, since when it has been re-commissioned and converted to EU specification with correct bumpers, etc. In addition, the engine has been checked over, a new convertible hood installed, and the interior detailed. Close to €30,000 has been spent and the car now looks wonderful with a nicely patinated interior.

    Offered here with its owner's manual, parts book, workshop manual, copy of factory built sheet,
    tools, invoices and car cover, this V8 Volante must be one of the best preserved examples currently available. As a well-cared for California car, it has a wonderful patina and originality that is difficult to replicate. The car's maintenance and service records are exceptionally comprehensive, running to several hundred invoices.

    Left-hand drive and equipped with the desirable and rare ZF five-speed transmission from new, this beautiful V8 Volante is definitely 'the one to have'.

    Rare transmission manuelle ZF à cinq rapports d'origine
    Aston Martin V8 Volante 1980
    Châssis n° V8COL/15191

    •Une des très rares conduite à gauche d'origine, dotée de la très recherchée transmission manuelle
    •Livrée d'origine
    •Restauration récente sans regard à la dépense
    •Exemplaire hautement original

    Aston Martin avait dès le départ eu l'intention de doter la DBS de son nouveau V8, mais les difficultés de la mise en production firent que la première voiture sortit avec le six cylindres 4 litres de la DB6. Plus grande et plus luxueuse que la DB6 la DBS, plus lourde, déçut certains en raison de ses performances légèrement inférieures, mais il n'y eut aucun reproche lorsque le V8 fit finalement son apparition en 1969. Avec une puissance estimée à 315 ch délivrée par son moteur à quatre arbres à cames en tête de 5 340 cm3, la DBS V8 pouvait atteindre 160 km/h en moins de 14 secondes, jusqu'à sa vitesse maximale de 258 km/h, une performance époustouflante à l'époque qui justifiait pleinement ses prétentions de voiture de série la plus rapide du monde. Après le rachat d'Aston Martin par Company Developments en 1972, la production reprit avec la série 2, rebaptisée Aston Martin V8 et identifiable à son avant redessiné rappelant le style des précédentes Aston Martin. Aston Martin la plus puissante jamais produite à l'époque, la V8 survécut aux changements de propriétaires et aux bouleversements financiers des années 1970, battant un record de production entre 1969 et 1988, avec 2 919 voitures vendues.

    Qualifiée par l'ancien PDG d'Aston Martin Victor Gauntlett d'« élégant pur-sang, magnifiquement construit, luxueux, rapide et parfaitement sûr », la V8 fut construites en plusieurs variantes, l'une des plus exclusive étant le cabriolet Volante. Présenté pour répondre à la demande des clients pour un tel modèle, la Volante fit sa première apparition en juin 1978. La nouvelle venue, sans conteste le plus abouti des cabriolets de luxe, recevait une capote électrique doublée qui, une fois érigée, donnait à l'habitacle orné de ronce de noyer, toute la solidité et le raffinement d'une conduite intérieure. Le V8 à doubles arbres à cames en tête de 5 340 cm3 alimenté par 4 carburateurs Weber double corps développait 300 ch à 6 000 tr/min. Bien que l'aérodynamique des modèles ouverts grève leur vitesse de pointe, lorsque la capote est abaissée, les 240 km/h de la Volante en faisaient pourtant l'un des cabriolets les plus rapides du monde. Les numéros de châssis des V8 Volante et Vantage Volante courent de 15001 à 15849, soit un total de 849 voitures.

    Selon les fiches constructeur de l'usine Aston Martin, cette V8 Volante a été expédiée du Royaume-Uni le 23 mai 1980 à Aston Martin Sales Inc. de New Rochelle, dans l'état de New York. Conduite à gauche équipée de la transmission manuelle à cinq rapports, d'un bouclier avant de Vantage, elle était gris argent Jubilee avec intérieur en cuir noir, moquettes noires et capote Everflex noire, comme aujourd'hui.

    Vendue en juillet 1981 à son premier propriétaire, l'Aston a été envoyée en Californie où elle est restée jusqu'à ce qu'elle soit vendue à son second propriétaire six ans plus tard avec seulement 14 000 miles (22 530 km) enregistrés. Au cours des trois décennies suivantes, cette superbe V8 Volante a été utilisée avec parcimonie et affiche aujourd'hui seulement 43 106 miles (69 372 km) au compteur. Le précédent propriétaire a acquis la voiture auprès de Doc Severinsen, le leader du groupe du « Tonight Show », et avant d'être en la possession de M. Severinsen elle se trouvait à Palm Springs.

    Le vendeur, qui cherchait précisément cette rare version (Volante, première série avec carburateur, conduite à gauche, boîte manuelle ZF à 5 rapports) l'acheta aux États-Unis en août 2016, date depuis laquelle elle a été révisée et mise aux normes européennes avec des pare-chocs conformes, etc... De plus, le moteur a été révisé, une nouvelle capote installée et l'intérieur rénové. Près de 30 000 € ont été dépensés et la voiture est aujourd'hui superbe avec un intérieur joliment patiné.

    Vendue avec son manuel du propriétaire, son catalogue de pièces détachées, son carnet d'entretien, une copie de la fiche constructeur, ses outils, ses factures et sa housse, cette V8 Volante est probablement l'un des exemplaires les mieux préservés proposé à la vente. Originaire de Californie et bien entretenue, elle offre une belle patine, une authenticité qu'il est difficile de reproduire. Le dossier d'entretien est particulièrement complet, comprenant plusieurs centaines de factures.

    Sortie d'usine en conduite à gauche avec la très séduisante boîte manuelle ZF à 5 rapports, cette magnifique V8 Volante est « celle qu'il faut avoir ».
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Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
Desirable ZF five-speed manual transmission from new,1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante  Chassis no. V8COL/15191
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