Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible 1979 V8COL/15036/LFA-London Olympia 2461 | Classic Car Ratings

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Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible 1979 V8COL/15036/LFA-London Olympia 2461

Year:
Chassis number:
V8COL/15036/LFA
Engine number:
Unknown
Body number:
Unknown
London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
Registration number:
NMA 517T
Sold for: £ 58.000

Has not been sold. Highest bid £58.000

1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante Convertible
Registration no. NMA 517T
Chassis no. V8COL/15036/LFA
*One of 849 V8 Volantes made
*Delivered new to the USA
*Left-hand drive
*Automatic transmission
*Extensively restored
*Original colour combination
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.
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.
Left-hand drive chassis number '15036' is one of the 439 'Series I' cars built up to January 1986 which were fitted with Weber carburettors as standard (the 'Series II' used Weber fuel injection). The 36th production Volante completed, it was shipped new to the USA on 24th January 1979. The accompanying (copy) Car Record Card shows that this car was originally finished in Crusader White with Burgundy trim. Extensively restored during 2016/2017, the Volante benefits from upgraded brakes and cooling system; new hood; refurbished leather trim; reconditioned wheels; new interior wood veneer and steering wheel; new paintwork; and engine compartment detailing. All the mechanical work - replacing oils, seals, etc - has been carried out by a retired Aston Martin engineer. Related bills totalling more than 34,000 are on file, and the car also comes with a current MoT and a V5C document. Described by the private vendor as in good condition throughout, this beautiful Volante is ready to be enjoyed.

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