Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
Launched in 1972 to update the mechanically identical DBS V-8, the Aston Martin V-8 was the final model developed during the David Brown era and became the longest-running model in the company’s history. A true four-seater, with the potential for 160 mile-an-hour speeds, this hand-built British grand tourer was without a doubt one of the fastest and most elegant cars of its generation. The Vantage variant was introduced in 1977 and had a number of stylish features that set it apart from the standard V-8 model. Of note is the closed hood bulge, rather than the standard open-scoop style. The grille was also closed off with driving lights added, and a spoiler was added to the trunk lid.
Penned by talented designer William Towns and based on his design for the original DBS coupe, the V-8 continued the coachbuilding traditions of its predecessors while simultaneously upping the ante on power and performance. Engineered by Aston’s legendary Tadek Marek, the powerplant featured an all-new alloy block with a quad-cam head and also incorporated high-performance camshafts, larger inlet valves, and bigger carburetors with modified manifolds, which resulted in an increased compression ratio and higher horsepower output. Weber Marelli fuel injection was offered for the first time in 1986. Powerful disc brakes and four-wheel, fully independent suspension served to round out the sophisticated enhancements that defined the exceptional ride of this gentleman’s express.
This hand-built British grand tourer was one of the fastest and most elegant cars of its generation and was gifted with styling that appears modern even two decades after it was constructed. Of the 571 Vantages built between 1977 and the end of the model run in 1989, 194 were the Volante or convertible model. Purchased new by Mr. Dingman in 1989, this triple black example has covered only 4,183 miles since delivery and has always been well looked after. The interior is clean and crisp, with only the slightest sign of use evident on the driver’s seat. The same can be said of the carpeting, grained top, dash, and top boot. The underside and engine bay have been well-kept and barely hint at the miles that have been covered by this car, with particular attention given to maintaining cleanliness in the bay. As would be expected of an extremely low mileage example of any vehicle, the glass is in excellent condition, as well as the stainless steel window moldings. The Dunlop tires appear as new, with excellent tread, and the polished alloy wheels are in excellent condition as well.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2012 at the Dingman Collection, Hampton, New Hampshire.
400 bhp, 5,340 cc light alloy naturally aspirated DOHC V-8, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8"
Source: RM Auctions