1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Chassis no. SCFCV82V7KTL15811 Engine no. V/580/X/5811/LFM
With the introduction of the Vantage in 1977, Aston Martin's V8 was thrust back into the supercar league. The name had previously been applied to high-power versions of the DB six-cylinder cars, and in the V8's case the Vantage tune raised maximum output to around 375bhp: in Rolls-Royce fashion the factory chose not to disclose the actual figure, merely claiming that power was 'adequate'. Chassis changes were minimal apart from the adoption of bigger ventilated disc brakes all round and low-profile Pirelli tyres. The Vantage was, nevertheless, readily distinguishable from the standard product by virtue of its blocked-off bonnet scoop, blanked air intake, front chin spoiler and lipped boot lid.
Produced to satisfy demands from the USA, the Volante convertible debuted in 1978, but it was not until 1986 that it became available to Vantage specification, which by this time meant around 400bhp. Along with the Vantage engine and bonnet came flared wheelarches, boot spoiler (a feature the Volante had previously lacked) and extended front spoiler, while glassfibre extensions replaced the model's hitherto characteristic chromed sill covers. The result was a muscular, aggressive-looking car that could justifiably claim to be the world's fastest convertible, all the more so when it came with the optional 432bhp 'X Pack' engine. A total of 166 Vantage Volantes had been completed by the end of production in December 1989.
This one-owner-from-new, left-hand drive Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante has as unique and rare a specification as any that has been delivered to the United States. The car was ordered from main agent Miller Motorcars of Greenwich, Connecticut and delivered on 9th August 1989 to the sole registered owner, who at that time was an executive of the Ford Motor Company. Shortly before delivery, Aston Martin Works Service upgraded the original engine to 'X Pack' specification at the owner's request. This is the only car fitted with that high performance engine delivered as new to the United States. The 'X Pack' was not approved for use in the USA by the EPA/DoT at that time so the upgrade was done unofficially. No doubt the owner's position at the Ford Motor Company, Aston Martin's owners at that time, helped smooth the way. Contacts at Aston Martin North America, Miller Motorcars and Aston Martin Works have confirmed the history.
The owner drove a mere 4,980 miles before selling the car in May 2012. The Volante retains its original paint, interior trim, Everflex top, boot cover and owner's manual, while the radio has been upgraded. A manual transmission model finished in Cannock Black with matching leather upholstery, this car has been fully serviced by Aston Martin of New England and now wants for nothing except a new owner to enjoy it. Offered with it are copies of the factory build sheet, service records, original certificate of origin, registration and title.
Should the vehicle remain in the UK, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the purchase price.