Lot 189 - 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante
|Odometer reading||49,260 miles|
|Estimate||£135,000 - £145,000|
The Aston Martin V8 engine began development in the mid sixties when it was first used in a Lola Sports racing car with a view to replacing the six cylinder unit which had been in production since the DB4 in 1958. Aston Martin converted a DB5 with an early V8 engine, which was used for many thousands of development miles by the factory to create a usable and powerful eight cylinder engine for the new DBS model due for production in 1968. The first Aston Martin V8 Volante rolled off the production line at Newport Pagnell in 1978 to worldwide acclaim and went on to be Aston's saviour. Much like its older siblings, the DB5 and DB6, the V8 Volante kept the order books full by conquering the North American market. As the convertible version of the new luxury Oscar India V8, the car had the brutish good looks of an aristocratic rugby player and the interior refinement of a gentleman's club. If the contemporary Ferrari of its day was likened to a 'prancing playboy in snakeskin loafers' the Aston V8 Volante was the solid chap in burnished brogues, equally at ease in town or country.
This fabulous example in dark blue with magnolia leather interior and blue piping has covered a mere 10,000 miles in the last 22 years, of which 1,275 miles were covered in the last ten years. Aston Martin Specialist, Rikki Cann, has looked after the car since 1981 and it comes with an MoT test certificate which expires June 2018. These brutish British sports cars are still the envy of many and being a convertible with substantial horsepower to boot, this is a wonderfully exhilarating Aston Martin with all the comforts of modern day motoring.
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