Chassis n° SCFCV81COKTL15714
Engine n° V/585/5714/LFM
- One of five left-hand drive examples of 27 built
- The most chic and desirable AM V8
- Clear history, low mileage, manual gearbox
The AMV8 Vantage was launched in 1977 and the V8 Volante in 1978. In Aston Martin production, the term Vantage signifies the most powerful version and Volante the convertible version. In 1987, during a visit to the Middle East, HRH the Prince of Wales was offered a brand new Aston Martin V8 Volante for his birthday by the Emir of Bahrain, Sheikh Isa bin Salman Al-Khalifa. The Prince, an Aston enthusiast, still owns the DB6 Mk II Volante Vantage given to him by the Queen when he was 21, a car that was used recently for his son's wedding. And so, Charles Philip Arthur George Windsor, agreed with the factory on a particular specification for his new car. He wasn't keen on the appearance of the latest Vantage version, with wider wings, spoiler and generous side skirting and so he ordered a bespoke version. His car had more in common with the styling of the factory Volante version, but with slightly flared wheel arches to accommodate 16-inch Ronal wheels, and more restrained polished steel skirts. The spoiler, painted satin black, resumed its discreet and original form and the open-mesh grille was retained.
A Nardi three-spoke wood-rimmed aluminium steering wheel in satin black replaced the standard one and there were a number of minor alterations to the interior arrangement. The ashtray, for example, made way for a storage area with a lid for his sun-glasses and the addition of a small container in the central arm-rest for a sugar-lump jar, kept as a treat for the Prince's polo ponies. And hence the exclusive 'Prince of Wales' designation was born. The 27 " PoW " examples built were all commissioned by the marque's VIP clients and each one varied slightly in detail. There may or may not be a bulge on the bonnet, depending on whether the engine is a Weber carburettor or injection version, and it may or may not have cooling vents.
The car presented was delivered new in California at Newport Imports for Mr Michael Parker in November 1988, in the colour combination it retains today, Salisbury blue, magnolia leather and hood, and dark blue wool carpets.
The windscreen still displays the stickers for two prestigious clubs in Newport Beach, California, the Pacific Club and the Balboa Bay Club. It has been imported later Aston into Europe and reconfigured to the more elegant European-compliant form. Having covered over 15,000 miles, it has been sold to the French importer Aston Martin. It passed to the late Pierre Landereau, a dealer who acquired the car through his company Peterspeed Sarl, on behalf of the current owner. The latter has had the Aston maintained fastidiously by British Motor Service near Paris.
It has covered 29,000 miles today and the last service was carried out in October 2016. Fitted with Michelin Pilot tyres, there are no signs of damage to the car. The hood has been replaced in the original style, with woollen lining, by Caribex. The V8 injection engine unleashes its power with a furious roar and the manual gearbox is very smooth. There were 27 examples produced of this model, 22 right-hand drive including one automatic, and just 5 left-hand drive including one automatic. The car on offer is the 5th produced and the 2nd LHD.
Here is a rare opportunity to buy this manual, left-hand drive Aston Martin, the most desirable AM V8 produced by this prestigious marque.