1989 Aston Martin V8 Zagato

Volante - Displaying less than 2,600 km, Manual, LHD, One of only 35 V8 Zagato Volantes

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1989
  • Mileage 
    2 600 km / 1 616 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    SCFCV81Z1JTL30029
  • Engine number 
    V/585/0029
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Vulcan Black
  • Interior colour 
    Black
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Highlights
Displaying less than 2,600 km
Manual, left-hand drive and finished in its original colours
One of only 35 V8 Zagato Volantes

The Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante

Twenty years after the tremendous success of the Aston DB4 GT, the press and public began to seriously question both if and when Aston Martin would build another production two-seater. But their questions were soon answered with the V8 Zagato. The plans were first put in place by Victor Gauntlett, Peter Livanos, and Elios and Gianni Zagato at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1984, and by March 1985, it was announced that the V8 Zagato would go into production.

In March 1986, at the Geneva Motor Show, the Aston Martin V8 Zagato was first shown to the public, with a price tag of £87,000, and the first car was delivered in July of that year, with the rest to follow over the next 18 months. To accomplish this quick turnaround, Aston Martin repackaged its V8 Saloon in Zagato bodywork, concealing the 5,340 cc engine, five-speed gearbox, and 16in wheels underneath. The V8 Zagato was 168kg lighter than the Saloon, with the overhangs shortened and the cockpit redesigned into a two-seat cabin, allowing for the prototype to achieve a top speed of 185 mph at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June 1986.

As with many successful coupes, a convertible version usually follows closely behind, and with this came the V8 Zagato Volante. Debuted at the 1987 Geneva Motor Show, the Zagato Volante was initially limited to 25 examples and priced at £100,335. Whilst the specification remained close to its coupe sister, the Zagato convertible featured a fuel-injected V8 and was now available with an automatic transmission, resulting in very few of the examples being fitted with its manual counterpart. In terms of performance, the Volante could produce a top speed of 160 mph and a 0–60 mph time of six seconds. By the end of production in 1989, just 35 Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volantes had been built.

This Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante

The Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante we’re offering here, chassis 30029, was built as a European specification, manual, left-hand-drive example for the German market (as noted on the Certificate of Origin) and completed assembly on 22 September 1989. Finished in Vulcan Black over a Black interior with Light Grey Alcantara headlining, this car was truly breath-taking, as it was one of just 35 V8 Zagato Volantes built. Although intended for the for the German market, interest was piqued by those all over the globe, and this car ended up being delivered new to Aston Martin dealer Miller Motorcars Inc. in Connecticut, USA. Within mere days of its arrival on American shores, the Aston was sold to its first owner, Mr L.A. Noto, Esq, of Greenwich, Connecticut, and registered on G56 TBH plates (as noted on the warranty form).

The V8 Zagato Volante remained in the United States until 10 August 1993, when UK Aston Martin specialist Richard Williams discovered the car and facilitated its return to Europe by selling it to Garage Rene Michiels, an official Aston Martin dealer in Antwerp, Belgium. The car was then sold to one of Belgium’s leading Aston Martin collectors, N.V. Steenhout, with just 156 km on its odometer, and registered on Belgium license plates ‘L30029’. During its time within the collection, the Aston was stored and preserved in its original state. As a collector of the great British marque, the owner soon found himself in the position of owning two V8 Zagato Volantes and decided that he would part with chassis 30029, selling it to the Houtkamp Collection, Amsterdam-based British classic car specialists. Under the collection’s ownership, the car was issued with a Dutch Technical Inspection Certificate on 22 September 2015, which confirmed that the car had travelled just 2,468 km.

On 15 March 2016, the Aston was purchased by its current owner, a highly regarded classic car collector based in Germany, the country in which the car has resided for the past two years. In preparation for its sale, the collector has recently had the car serviced by classic car specialists Formula GT in Munich.

Accompanied by copies of its build sheet, warranty form, and Certificate of Origin, this European-specification, manual, left-hand-drive Aston Martin V8 Zagato Volante is truly a time-warp example, with less than 2,600 km on the clock and still wearing its original Vulcan Black over Black colour combination. For the British car collector, the V8 Zagato Volante is a must-have.

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