1978→1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante
By 1978, few new open cars were being built anywhere in the world. But persistent demand was demonstrated by the escalation of the price of second-hand Aston Martin drop-head coupes and the American market was wide open, as by then the American industry had stopped manufacturing convertibles.
The V8 Volante announced on 21st June 1978, was therefore assured a warm welcome. Its specification follows the contemporary V8 saloon, but was ahead in having polished burr walnut trim and a re-designed bonnet. The hood was power operated as before and was fully lined for noise insulation.
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|submitted by||Richard Owen|
|type||Series Production Car|
|production years||1978 – 1986|
|built at||Newport Pagnell|
|valvetrain||DOHC 2 Valves per Cyl|
|displacement||5341 cc / 325.9 in³|
|bore||100 mm / 3.94 in|
|stroke||85 mm / 3.35 in|
|power||227.4 kw / 304.9 bhp @ 5000 rpm|
|specific output||57.09 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||168.08 bhp per tonne|
|torque||433.86 nm / 320.0 ft lbs @ 3000 rpm|
|driven wheels||Front Engine / RWD|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Trailing Arms w/Coil Springs, Anti-Roll Bar|
|r suspension||Live Axle w/Watts Link, Trailing Links, Coil Springs|
|curb weight||1814 kg / 3999 lbs|
|wheelbase||2610 mm / 102.8 in|
|front track||1500 mm / 59.1 in|
|rear track||1500 mm / 59.1 in|
|length||4674 mm / 184.0 in|
|width||1829 mm / 72.0 in|
|height||1346 mm / 53.0 in|
|top speed||~241 kph / 149.8 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~8.9 seconds|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: The Pebble Beach Auctions 2015 by Gooding and Company
978 Aston Martin V8 Volante V8C0L15015 – sold for $155,100 Rare original US delivery factory demonstrator. Desirable early chrome bumper model. Manual transmission example.Just one owner from new. Original paint and interior, just over 28,000 miles from new.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auction 2015 by Bonhams
1985 Aston Martin V8 Volante SCFCV81C6FTL15397 – sold for $137,500 European-Specified Example. “Prince-of-Wales” Body Modifications. Serviced by Marque Specialist Since 1996. Recent Cosmetic Restoration. Desirable Carbureted Induction. Luxurious Open-Top British Muscle Car.
Auction Source: The Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company
Auction Source: 2012 Sport & GTs au Mans Classic by Artcurial
1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante – sold for $129,250 Regularly Maintained by Marque Experts. Recent Cosmetic Restoration. Ultimate Open-Top Aston Martin V8 Muscle Car. Well-Documented Example. Powerful Vantage-Specification V-8 Engine.
Auction Source: The Amelia Island Auction 2012 by Gooding & Company
inished in Burgundy with cream leather interior, this right-hand drive V8 Volante currently displays a total of 39,000 miles on the odometer and is described by the vendor as in generally very good original condition. This relatively low mileage can in part be explained by the fact that the Aston spent some ten years resident in the Channel islands, there being export documentation on file recording that it had previously had been registered ‘FYT 27V’ on the UK mainland and was first registered in Jersey on 14th January 1999. The car remained registered in Jersey until March 2009, latterly in the ownership of a Mrs Meriol Arnold, of St Saviour, who had acquired it in April 2005. Other documentation on file includes invoices from the Newport Pagnell factory totalling over £13,000 for works including a new braking system, suspension, radiator, etc. Said to drive superbly, this beautiful V8 Volante also comes with its original warranty agreement and owner’s instruction manual.
Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles d’exception au Grand Palais by Bonhams
This fuel-injected V8 Volante in the desirable specification with a manual gearbox and left hand drive is attractively finished in British Racing Green with a contrasting magnolia interior and hood. The current owner bought the car for his exclusive collection in 2006 and it has only seen sparing use since. With some 46,000 km on the speedometer, which are believed to be correct, this surely is an interesting proposition for any car enthusiast who wishes to combine luxury motoring with sporting credentials.
Auction Source: Coy’s 2010 Legende et Passion Auction
Auction Source: 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island RM Auction