2000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Special Edition

The V8 Vantage Volante was the very last special edition to come from Aston Martin’s Works Service in Newport Pagnell. It was conceived by Steve Bolton and Shaun Rush of the Special Projects Division with the help Aston’s best clients. They put together what became the ultimate Aston Martin Convertible.

Since the Volante Special Edition was one of the last models to be built at the Newport Pagnell facility, great care was taken to ensure these cars would be the ultimate expression of a hand-built Aston Martin. Each car was delivered with an owner’s manual that was specifically written for each car and no two cars were alike. One was built up from V8 Vantage Le Mans bodywork while another used the LWB chassis.1

Central to the Vantage Volante Special Edition was the 550 bhp twin-supercharged V8 which was typically limited to the Coupés. Some of the features built for the Le Mans Coupé were also brought over. With it’s agressive bodykit, and open air motoring these were the last of the great coachbuilt Aston Martins.

Only nine special editions were made and each was signed off by Robert A Dover, the Chairman of the company. Built to the customer’s specification, none were identical. Base price was £230,000 plus the cost of any additional extras ordered by the customer.

After the last Volante Special Edition was delivered in October of 2000, the Newport Pagnell factory closed.1

Chassis & Sales

At their Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars and related Automobilia sale at Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Works Service in Newport Pagnell, Bonhams sold chassis 71001, the very last of the nine Special Editions. This was finished in Antrim Blue with dark blue-piped parchment trim, blue Wilton carpeting and blue mohair hood lined in parchment Alcantara. Le Mans features included a starter button, control pedals and instruments. With 13,000 on the odometer it sold for £238,000 inclusive of Buyer’s Premium.

Sources & Further Reading

1.Dowsey, David. Aston Martin: Power, Beauty and Soul. Peleus Press: 2007

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
built atNewport Pagnell, England
body stylistJohn Heffernan
price £/td>£229,950
positionFront, Longitudinal
aspiration2 Roots-Type M90 Eaton Superchargers
block materialAluminum Alloy
valvetrainChain Driven DOHC w/4 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedBosch Mulit-Point Electronic Injection
displacement5340 cc / 325.87 in³
power447.4 kw / 600 bhp @ 6500 rpm
specific output112.36 bhp per litre
bhp/weight293.69 bhp per tonne
torque813.5 nm / 600 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
body / frameAluminum Body over Steel Box-Section Chassis
driven wheelsRWD w/LSD
front tires285/35ZR18 Goodyear Eagle GSD
rear tires285/35ZR18 Goodyear Eagle GSD
front brakesVentilated Discs w/AP Racing 6-Piston Calipers w/ABS
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/AP Racing 6-Piston Calipers w/ABS
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionWishbones w/Coil Springs, Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionde Dion Tube Axle w/Watt’s Link, Coil Springs, Telescopic Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight2043 kg / 4500 lbs
wheelbase2610 mm / 102.8 in
length4745 mm / 186.8 in
width1918 mm / 75.5 in
height1357 mm / 53.4 in
transmissionZF 5-Speed Manual or 4-Speed Torqflight Automatic
final drive3.33:1
top speed~321.80 kph / 200 mph
0 – 60 mph~3.9 seconds