1987 Aston Martin V8Volante
Year of manufacture1987
- Fewer than 7,400 original miles from new
- Recent $30,000 expenditure including servicing, detailing and refurbishment of the wood trim
- Finished in original Royal Cherry over Natural leather
- Fitted with the incredibly rare five-speed manual gearbox
Looking to satisfy demand for an open-top iteration of the V8 Coupe, Aston Martin unveiled the V8 Volante in June of 1978. Primarily designed with the US market in mind, the car had a fully lined and power-operated hood, adding ample excitement to the already thrilling 432 bhp V-8 engine.
The Volante remained in production for eleven years, and whilst engineering development continued over its production run, the muscular character of the car remained the same. In 1983, the V8 range received a number of substantial improvements, which included revised heating and ventilation controls, and it could be easily identified by its BBS alloy wheels. Aston Martin later introduced an updated model, designated the Series V, in January 1986, which featured Weber/Marelli electronic fuel injection with a restyled flat bonnet.
A copy of the car record card for this particular V8 Volante confirms that it was delivered just as it is presented here today, finished in Royal Cherry over a Natural leather interior with a matching convertible top and fitted with the rare five-speed manual gearbox. Completed by Aston Martin in October of 1986, this V8 Volante was delivered to Lake Forest Sportscars Ltd. of Lake Forest, Illinois, then sold new to Walt K. Weissman of nearby Chicago and delivered to him on 12 November 1986.
In 1990, the car was sold to an owner residing in Eureka, California, who drove the car only 3,800 miles over the course of the next decade. The car remained in Northern California for the next few years before moving south with a collector based in Palm Springs. By this time, the car had been driven approximately 6,800 miles over the course of its life before leaving the Golden State in 2012, when purchased by an Aston Martin collector.
With fewer than 7,400 original miles on the odometer and still retaining its original engine, the car presents in exceptional condition inside and out. Acquired in 2018, during the consignor’s ownership this car has had $30,000 lavished on it, including servicing, detailing and the refurbishment of its wood trim. This highly distinctive colour scheme is believed to unique among five-speed manual V8 Volantes, accentuating the muscular luxury of the car. Presented in immaculate condition, with very few miles, it is ready to be either shown at specialist Aston Martin events, or enjoyed as a virtually as-new old-school muscle car
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