'It's not by any means the world's most expensive drophead in production (the Corniche costs an extra £23,000) nor is it quite the quickest, though a Porsche Cabrio would have to be very well driven to get away from it, but the Aston Martin Volante is perhaps the greatest. It is a true sports car which is also luxuriously comfortable.' - Fast Lane.
The Aston Martin V8 survived the changes of ownership and financial upheavals of the 1970s, appearing in countless variants, one of the more exclusive being the Volante convertible. Introduced in response to customers' demands for such a car, the latter first appeared in June 1978. Arguably the ultimate in soft-top luxury, the newcomer boasted a lined, power-operated hood which, when erected, endowed the walnut embellished interior with all the solidity and refinement associated with the saloon version. Although its open-car aerodynamics meant that top speed suffered with the hood down, the Volante's 145mph-plus maximum nevertheless ranked it among the world's fastest convertibles. Mechanically the Volante followed the equivalent V8 or Vantage saloon of the period, and in 1986 benefited from the re-introduction of fuel injection along with its closed cousin, though the new system came courtesy of Weber rather than the earlier Bosch. Maximum power, which had dropped somewhat over the years, was restored to 305bhp in this last, Series 5, Aston Martin V8. V8 Volante chassis numbers ran from 15001 to 15849, a total of 849 cars.
Issued on 1st August 1979, its accompanying warranty document reveals that this V8 Volante was first owned by one T S Enstone Esq. A resident of Cheadle, Cheshire, Mr Enstone appears to have been proprietor of Enstone's Engine Centre Ltd of Manchester, as evidenced by various Aston Martin Lagonda invoices on file, most of which date from 1989. These include bills for fitting a Vantage type front spoiler, and re-trimming the hood and headlining. It is not known how long Mr Enstone kept the Volante, which currently displays a total of only 26,326 miles on the odometer. We are advised by the current vendor that a new clutch will have been fitted and various re-commissioning tasks completed by time of sale. The car is offered with current MoT, a V5 registration document, and the aforementioned AML service history.