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1986 ASTON MARTIN V8 VOLANTE - £169,950

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Background:; Announced on 21st June 1978 the V8 Volante was built to satisfy the persistent demands for new open four seater cars. Ably demonstrated by the escalation in prices of used Aston Martin drop-head coups, particularly in the United States. Its specification follows the contemporary V8 saloon series IV (Oscar India) announced four months later, sharing revised rear body lines, bonnet (the carburettor bulge with dummy air scope now closed at front), burr walnut dash board and door cappings. The convertible hood is fully lined and power operated. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made its first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The first V8 Volante was road tested by Motor Magazine on the 3rd of March, 1979, when 0-60 M.P.H. in 7.7 seconds and a maximum 150 M.P.H. were recorded. All production until March 1981 (save the prototype) was exported to North America, with home and continental European markets following thereafter. In 1983, the Volante shared a number of detailed improvements with the series IV saloon such as, revised heating & ventilation controls and BBS alloy wheels. Production amounted to approximately 438 cars, between June 1978 & January 1986. However, as the majority would have been for export the used market in the U.K. remains under supplied. Summary:; It has been often said that the fuel injected V8 was a great choice for a 'daily driver' and this car has proved the point. With just two owners from new this car with its rare original manual gearbox and original specification, represents the very best example of a Grand Tourer and one with great provenance to show a worth as an investment as well as a great classic car to use. Vehicle History; The records show that this car was first registered on 6th May 1986 to a Mr Sixsmith of Henley in Oxfordshire. In a note written to the current owner when he purchased the car a decade later in May 1996, Mr Sixsmith noted that he had purchased the car through the services of HWM of Walton on Thames. He further detailed that they had visited the factory while the car was being built, one of the first of the new series fuel injected cars, his children had signed the woodwork under the hood. Very much the family car!; He further stated in the note that they had covered some 3,000 miles touring France in June 1986 and thereafter it had only been used for medium / long journeys and had in fact covered just 11,150 miles in that decade of ownership!; The current owner is a real enthusiast and the Aston shares garage space with two Ferraris and a Mercedes SL. The fuel injected Series II Aston Martin Volantes are famed as being appropriate 'daily' cars - at home with regular commutes as well as 'classic' duties and the car covered 60,000 + miles in its second two decades but the extensive service record shows that care was taken on its maintenance and well as enjoyment taken from its use.

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 Manual
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1151032

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