Aston Martin V8 Volante Vantage Convertible 1988 – SPRZEDANY

Środkiem napędowym Astona Martina V8 był silnik o pojemności 5340 cm³. Efektem końcowym było około 315 KM, co w momencie debiutu w 1969 roku było mocą porażającą. Jego wersja otwarta – V8 Volante dołączyła do oferty w 1978 roku, a w 1986 roku gamę uzupełniono o mocniejszą odmianę Vantage, oferującą ok. 400 KM. Jego maska przechodziła w poszerzone nadkola, miał rozszerzony przedni spojler i tylny na klapie bagażnika, a poszerzenia z włókna szklanego zastąpiły charakterystyczne chromowane osłony progów. Wynikiem był muskularny i agresywny wygląd samochodu. Słusznie można było wówczas twierdzić, że to najszybszy kabriolet na świecie, zwłaszcza gdy dodać do niego opcjonalny pakiet „X-pack”, generujący 432 KM. Aston Martin V8 Volante Vantage Convertible do końca produkcji w grudniu 1989 roku zbudowany został jedynie w 166 sztukach. Ten konkretny egzemplarz został zamówiony jako prywatny eksport do USA. Wyposażony został w skórzane wnętrze, automatyczną skrzynię biegów i tempomat. Aby spełnić przepisy dotyczące emisji spalin w Stanach Zjednoczonych, Vantage dostał standardowy mechaniczny wtrysk paliwa (MFI) i 5,3-litrowy silnik. Pożądana konfiguracja kolorystyczna „triple black”, kierownica umieszczona oryginalnie po lewej stronie, tylko 40000 mil na liczniku i komplet dokumentów łącznie z kopią oryginalnej fabrycznej dokumentacji potwierdzającej jego specyfikację, wpłynęło na pewno na wycenę – 250 – 350 tys. euro czyli około 1,1 – 1,5 mln złotych. Sprzedany został za kwotę 222 500 euro.

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Lot 323
ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE VOLANTE CABRIOLET 1988
€250,000 – 350,000
PLN 1,100,000 – 1,500,000
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1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Convertible
Chassis no. SCFCV81V4JTL15621
Engine no. V585/5621 LFA

•Ex works delivery car
•Matching numbers
•Desirable triple-black colour scheme
•Original left-hand drive model
•Circa 40,000 miles (approximately 64,300 kilometres) from new

'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, a boot spoiler (a feature the Volante had previously lacked) and an 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 total of 166 Vantage Volantes had been completed by the end of production in December 1989.

This particular Vantage Volante was completed as a special 'Ex Works Delivery' order for personal export to the USA by the first owner. To meet the United States' emissions legislation, it was built with the standard mechanically fuel injected (MFI) 5.3-litre engine but otherwise is to Vantage specification apart from the stock (low) bonnet and standard Volante front grille. The Aston was ordered by Lake Forest Sportscars in July 1987 and registered by its first owner in Texas in March 1988 (Carfax on file). It was delivered finished in 'Cannock Black' with matching leather interior, and was equipped with automatic transmission, cruise control, etc.

The Aston moved to California with Mr John Eger Parker in 1993, by which time it had recorded 8,074 miles on the odometer, and at this time was maintained by the Symbolic Motor Car Company (Carfax on file). Sold in 2006 with only 34,244 miles recorded, the car was registered in Portugal in 2008.

By the end of 2013, the Volante was being offered for sale by Aston Martin Belgium (Michiels Heritage) from whom it was purchased by the current owner in 2014, still with only 39,000 miles on the odometer. Only a further 1,000 miles have been covered since then and the car remains in generally excellent original condition. Accompanying documentation consists of Belgian registration documents and copies of the original factory paperwork confirming its unusual specification and ex-works delivery. The car also comes with original owner’s handbook.