Lot 172 - 1978 Aston Martin V8 'Volante'
|Odometer reading||82,620 miles|
|Estimate||£67,000 - £78,000|
|Result||Sold - £113,120|
- Vantage Volante coachworks by Daytona
- Matching numbers example
- Former property of the Daytona Motor Company
- Over engineered to be better than the Aston supplied Volante
With the demise of the DB6 Mk. II Volante in 1970, Aston Martin were not able to offer a convertible motorcar until the introduction of the V8 Volante. This presented the opportunity for enterprising engineering companies to occupy a niche in the marketplace to supply wealthy customers with a desire for something unique and unusual. Considered by many to be one of the most elegant of Aston Martins, the Volante has always been much admired and rightly so. This automatic transmission V8 is one of seven professionally converted to 'Volante' specification by the Daytona Motor Company of London.
First registered in August 1978, this striking automatic example, presented in unmarked green with a sumptuous cream leather interior, is matching numbers and comes in desirable X-Pack specification. It was the final Vantage by 'Daytona' car and owned by Robert Blasi, the owner of Daytona Motor Company. The car came into his ownership by an unusual twist of fate; Daytona had fitted a left to righthand conversion on a Ferrari Testarossa for a Henley based dealership who defaulted on their payment. After heated discussions, Blasi was asked to pick a car from their forecourt in order to settle the bill and thus FNA 93T found its new owner.
Number seven out of the seven V8's converted by Daytona, FNA 93T caused great consternation within Aston Martin with the work rumouring to be of a higher standard than Aston Martin achieved themselves. In a recent interview, Blasi details how his background as a structural engineer helped him design and build cars that were, in many cases, far better engineered then the manufacturers.
The Daytona Motor Company was not necessarily doing conversions for profit and could therefore sidestep commercial decisions for the best possible solution. Blasi also revealed that this particular car was, in fact, over engineered. Being his own car, he got carried away, indicating that, unlike the Aston Martin Volante from the factory, you could jack up his Daytona and still open and close the doors. Daytona had such a good relationship with Aston Martin that every panel and the entire Vantage kit are all Aston Martin original parts delivered from the factory; this is truly a unique model.
In the early 1990's, Blasi sold the car to a new lady owner who gifted it to her father; he owned it for some 21 years. More recently, the car has been housed in a number of private collections. When the current owner acquired it, it was unbeknown to him that Robert Blasi, who happened to be his close neighbour, had owned the car previously and, upon returning the car home, a conversation struck up between them and the car's past was revealed.
With the help of Blasi, a recent cosmetic overhaul was undertaken by the vendor; the car now presents every bit as well as when converted. Recent works to the engine include replacing the timing chain, the air conditioning compressor and the front brake callipers' pistons and seals. The engine boasts four Weber twin-chokes, down-drought carburetors and sounds fantastic; it has also been subject to a recent tune and check over at R.S Williams. This Aston Martin Volante is a unique example in truly stunning condition and offers superlative value in this heightened Aston Martin market.
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