Bonhams | 2018-06-02 | The Aston Martin Sale | Venue : Reading, Englefield House
Lot No. : 226
Year : 1979
Engine Size : -
Registration No. : HFG 142T
Chassis No. : V8COR/15066
Estimate : £ 150,000 - 180,000
£ 152,700
Aston Martin V8 Volante Sold
* One of 849 produced
* Automatic transmission
* Known ownership history
* Present ownership since 2012
* Maintained by Nicholas Mee since 2012

This beautiful V8 Volante was supplied new on 8th May 1979 by Reg Vardy of Stoneygate, Tyne and Wear to Mr Michael Lever. Accompanying records show that the car was owned from 1981 to 1992 by one R L Smith of West Sussex, followed by G J Kings & Sons of Hassocks (1992-1994). From 1994 to 1996 the Aston belonged to P Stoneham, London and then went to Germany where it was owned by M Koenig from the Kaiser Karl hotel in Bonn, Germany. There are no service records dating from the period in Germany; the earliest bills come from Aston Engineering, Derby in 1999, when the sills and lower wings were attended to (£6,000 bill). From 2000 to 2012, the car was owned by C Smith of Cobham, Surrey, who had yearly services carried out by Trinity Engineering in Cobham. Annual receipts and descriptions of works on file date back to 2000 when Mr Smith purchased it with 79,000 miles on the odometer.
Since September 2012, the Volante has belonged to the current vendor, who purchased the car through Aston Martin Heritage specialists, Nicholas Mee Ltd, and has had it serviced regularly by them. Necessary repairs and updating have been undertaken when required, all with the aim of keeping the Aston in its original specification while at the same time maintaining it as a highly reliable touring car. In 2012, a new Alpine hi-fi unit with Bluetooth and USB connectivity was installed; an additional USB socket has been fitted inside glove compartment, which retains the original vanity mirror and flexible spotlight.
'HTG 142T' is finished in its original and most attractive colour combination of Tourmaline Blue with Magnolia hide interior, the latter pleasantly patinated, and we are advised that the power hood is in excellent condition. Over the last six years, the Aston has been used by the vendor's family for fair weather outings around Southern England and attending the Goodwood events. The vendor moved abroad in 2017 so the car is getting little use, hence the decision to pass it on to the next owner. The accompanying history file contains sundry bills, a current MoT certificate (expires 25th September 2018), a V5C Registration Certificate, and the original owner's handbook and service voucher booklet (from 2000).

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