5,340cc All-Alloy DOHC V8 Engine
4 Dual-Throat Weber Carburetors
300bhp at 6,000rpm
5-Speed Manual ZF Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Matching-numbers factory LHD V8 Volante
*Delivered new to Greenwich, Connecticut
*Fitted from new with a ZF 5-speed
*A British muscle car
THE ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE
Aston Martin had initially 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. Staggering performance of the new V8 justified the claim that it was the fastest production car in the world. 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 1989, with 2,919 cars sold. Throughout the long production run every car leaving the factory was completely hand built which included hand formed aluminum body panels, assembly of the engine, leather and walnut interior trim and numerous other appointments.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Aston Martin V8 Volante chassis no. 15412 was completed at the famed Newport Pagnell factory in July of 1985, as a 1986 model-year car. Among the last factory carbureted examples, according to factory records, the Volante was configured for the US market as a left-hand drive car and finished in Jaguar Regent Grey over a Grey leather interior. It is not recorded who was the first owner of the car, but it was registered in Greenwich, Connecticut on September 30, 1985. It appears that the Aston would remain in the Tri-State area, with a brief stint in New York City's southernmost borough, Florida, around 2000.
Listed as having covered a mere 27,733 miles by 2004, in 2006 the Aston head south to Mississippi and two years later left the US for Italy. The current owner acquired the car in 2010. Showing 34,378 miles on the odometer, a figure believed to be from new, the Volante appears to be in largely original condition. On static display for the last dozen years, it is recommended that that some mechanical recommissioning is executed before active motoring.
The V8 is increasingly being appreciated by collectors as an important cornerstone of the Aston Martin story in America. After servicing, this V8 would make a lovely cruiser once again.