1989 Aston Martin Vantage
- Year of manufacture1989
- Car typeOther
- Lot numberr0032
- Number of seats2
- Exterior colourOther
- Fuel typePetrol
To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION at RM Sothebys' Monterey event, 15 - 17 August 2019.
- One of 367 V8 Vantages made over 12-year limited production run
- One of 137 final variant “X-Pack” cars produced
- One of only six built to desirable V585 “Cosmetic” Vantage specification
- Exceptional original, unrestored example finished in rare Jubilee Silver
- Fully documented, including factory build sheet, manuals, and original sales literature
- Single private owner; first time offered for public sale
- Recent service by marque expert
Aston Martin hand-built only 367 bespoke V8 Vantage cars from 1977 to 1989. The V8 Vantage progressed through three unofficial series: the first from launch until May 1980, the second until 1986, and the final series referred to as the “X-Pack” or “V580X” from 1986 to 1989. The classically styled Vantage X-Pack was the swansong for the William Towns–designed V8 coupe and remains today one of the most highly sought-after Aston Martins of the era. It received the Zagato’s uprated Koni suspension, larger Ronal 16-inch alloys fitted with Goodyear Eagle tires, and subtly revised bodywork that featured a deep front spoiler and slightly larger flared wheel arches, which continue to the end of the wheel arch rather than tapering off, as the earlier Vantage flares did.
This stunning Vantage is one of a mere 137 final X-Pack Vantages built, of which six cars were specially built to V585 “Cosmetic” Vantage specification. These cars were identical in every way but fitted with the federal-specification V585 EFI engines, which allowed them to meet stricter emissions requirements. Five of these six Vantages were sold in Japan with full European bodies, complete with desirable chrome “blade” bumpers, and one went to the USA fitted with the larger black impact bumpers. These extremely rare Weber-Marelli fuel-injected X-Pack versions are today highly sought after due to ease of maintenance and far greater reliability, not to mention the fact that they are fully California emissions compliant. The 1989 California Emissions Compliance decal is still in place under the hood of this car, as is the original brass plate affixed to the motor confirming that it was hand-built by Mick Wilson, a senior engine builder at Aston Martin at the time.
Listed in noted Vantage expert Kean Roger’s Vantage V580X book, which documents each of the 137 final X-Pack Vantages, chassis number 12694 is car number 131 of 137, making it the seventh-from-last Vantage ever produced. It was one of only two built in elegant Jubilee Silver and is described in the book as “the penultimate ‘Cosmetic’ Vantage built for the Japanese market. Delivered new through Azabu motors in November 1989 and not seen since…”
The warranty page in the original owner’s manual confirms that this car was delivered new on November 9, 1989, to its first and only private owner, an Aston Martin collector in Japan who owned the car until it was acquired by the consigner in June of 2018. The owner was an AMOC member as noted by the original AMOC Japan sticker still on the rear window, along with an original Azabu Motors decal, as Azabu was the sole Japanese importer of Aston Martin at the time.
This special Vantage is completely original and untouched—the car is exactly as it left the factory nearly 30 years ago, with all original finishes intact. The paint, leather, carpeting, woodwork, etc., are all in original unrestored condition. It would be extremely difficult to find another with this level of originality and still in such exceptional condition. When the consigner shipped the car to North America from Japan, in fact, it still retained its original factory-delivered Goodyear Eagle tires from 1989, though they have now been replaced with correct Michelin Pilot Sports sourced in the UK, as the Goodyears are no longer available. It still retains all original books, including both sets of keys, one of which is still on its original Azabu Motors leather key fob, and the car has just been sorted and serviced by noted Aston Martin specialists, making it ready to be driven and enjoyed.
An extremely rare and desirable car, this stunning final-production-series Vantage presents beautifully and is a testament to the inherent quality of this very exclusive handcrafted British supercar. Vantages like this are rarely seen, much less offered for public sale, and this is perhaps the finest, most original V8 Vantage available anywhere today. It is fully sorted, California emissions compliant, and boasts a wonderful history and superlative condition. This car represents an unrepeatable opportunity for the serious Aston Martin collector.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/mo19.