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Saturday, October 24, 2009

1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante - Classic Car For Sale (Click Here)


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THE V8 VANTAGE: The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced on the 18th February 1977. Revised camshafts, air-box, larger inlet valves and carburettors, new inlet manifolds and different plugs, claimed to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. The same ZF 5 speed manual transmission as in the V8 saloon became standard equipment, although a number of cars have been fitted with Torqueflite automatic transmission. As the Vantage is a development of the standard V8 series III saloon, aerodynamic improvements were necessary to cope with the increased power out put. These included a rear tail spoiler, a deep front air dam below the front bumper, blanked off radiator and bonnet air scoop. Koni dampers were fitted and the suspension stiffened, with a larger anti-roll bar. In their April 1978 road test, even Motor Sport had to agree that it was the fastest accelerating production car in the world. The series II Vantage was introduced in October 1978 at the same time as the V8 series IV or "Oscar India" saloon ("Oscar India" = October Introduction) became available and shares the same changes in body styling, including a discreet integral rear spoiler. Slightly wider Wheel arches are evident and carburettor bonnet bulge with the dummy air intake now permanently closed at the front. Internally, a leather head lining, burr walnut dash board (except the first 20 or so cars which retained the Black dash-board) and door cappings are fitted. A road test by Motor magazine, April 25th 1981, produced a 0-60 M.P.H. time of 5.2 seconds. The series III Vantage made its debut at the 1986 Motor Show staged at The National Exhibition Centre near Birmingham, England. It features revised bodywork, 16" wheels and an optional 400 b.h.p. X-pack engine.

THE V8 VOLANTE: Announced on 21st June 1978 the V8 Volante was built to satisfy the persistent demands for new open four seater cars, as demonstrated by the escalation in prices of used Aston Martin drop-head coup├ęs, particularly in the United States. Its specification follows the contemporary V8 saloon series IV (Oscar India) announced four months later, sharing revised rear body lines, bonnet (the carburettor bulge with dummy air scope now closed at front), burr walnut dash board and door cappings. The convertible hood is fully lined and power operated. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made it's first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The first V8 Volante was road tested by Motor Magazine on the 3rd of March 1979, when 0-60 M.P.H. in 7.7 seconds and a maximum 150 M.P.H. were recorded. All production until March 1981 (save the prototype) was exported to North America, with home and continental European markets following thereafter. In 1983, the Volante shared a number of detailed improvements with series IV saloon such as, revised heating & ventilation controls and BBS alloy wheels.

VANTAGE VOLANTE: The Vantage Volante was released at the October 1986 Motor Show, held at the NEC. Vantage engines had already been fitted in some Volante's but it was the modified coachwork inspired by a car built for the Brunei Royal Family, with the flares to the wheel arches continuing along the sills and boot spoiler that distinguished the Vantage Volante. Mechanicals are the same as the V8 Vantage and benefit from experiences in Zagato development. Carburettors are retained and engines delivering 400 b.h.p. with options available up to 432 b.h.p. Wheels are 16" in diameter with low profile tyres. The model remained in production until 1989; approximately 167 were built of which just 78 were right hand drive.

Vehicle History: The first and most important part of this car's history file is the original handwritten order form completed on 22nd June 1988 and made out to, and signed by, W Stringer Esq, the original owner of the car. Originally destined for registration and delivery in December of 1988, the original invoice is dated 23rd November 1988 for the total of £109,387.50. In the end, Mr Stringer took delivery of the car in January 1989 and the car was first registered on 3rd January. Also on file is a letter that reflects a sign of very different times - dated 13th September 1989, it values Mr Stringer's car at £275,000 - but Mr Stringer chose not to tempt the market and retained ownership of the car. It was maintained and regularly serviced by the owner who ran a long established business in car radiators. Sadly Mr Stringer passed away and Byron International brokered the car to the current owner on behalf of his estate. A change of circumstances has unexpectedly brought the car back to the market and although the current owner has only had the car for a short time, he nevertheless maintained it to the highest standard.

Summary: This car has an exceptional history and, with only two owners since new, represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a rare car that has been cherished and well maintained ever since production. Presented in an ideal colour combination, this is a very useable classic car that sold very quickly when first presented to the market and, ready for Spring/Summer touring, we expect strong interest.

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