Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Launched in 1972, the Aston Martin V-8 was the final David Brown-era model and became the longest-running model in the marque’s glorious history. A true four-seater with potential for 160-mph speeds, this hand-built British grand tourer undoubtedly remains one of the fastest and most elegant cars ever produced.

Penned by William Towns, the V-8 continued the bespoke traditions of its predecessors while simultaneously upping the ante on performance with its all-alloy, quad-cam 5,340 cc V-8, with Bosch fuel injection available from 1986. Powerful disc brakes and highly developed underpinnings enhanced the driving dynamics of this gentleman’s express. The V-8 also continued the company’s famous relationship with the James Bond film franchise, and it was used in 1987’s The Living Daylights, with Timothy Dalton debuting as Agent 007.

To satisfy American demand, the V-8 Volante convertible debuted in 1978, but it was not available in higher-performance Vantage specification until 1986. This option added an uprated engine with an approximate 400 hp and aggressive bodywork including a bonnet bulge, flared wheel arches, an integral boot spoiler and a deep front air dam.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

309 bhp, 5,340 cc light-alloy, DOHC V-8 engine with Bosch electronic fuel injection, ZF five-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with upper and lower control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, de Dion rear axle with Watt linkage, trailing arms and coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8".

Source: RM Auctions

Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante