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Lot 249

1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

  • Chassis no. SCFCV81V8KTL15784
  • Engine no. V/585/5784/LFA

Sold for $308,000


Est. 485 hp, 6,347 cc DOHC V-8 engine, ZF five-speed manual transmission, front and rear telescopic shock absorbers with a de Dion axle with Watts linkage, and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8 in.

  • One of 58 U.S.-specification examples; factory triple black, desirable final-year model
  • Attractive original-style Euro-specification bumpers and bodywork
  • Matching-numbers original engine uprated to 6.3-litre factory specification by marque specialists Oselli
  • An exceptional Vantage Volante with massive power


Aston Martin introduced its new V8 Volante on 21 June 1978 in order to satisfy the demand for a convertible version, primarily for the American market. Outfitted with a fully lined and power-operated top, the new model introduced the thrill of open-air motoring to the already exciting V8 platform and remained in production for 11 years while undergoing near-constant engineering and stylistic evolution. By the time production ended in October 1989, the model had gained improved aerodynamics, particularly on the new Vantage version of the V8 Volante, with flared wheel arches, a rear deck spoiler, an extended front spoiler, and fiberglass extensions that replaced the former bright metal door sill covers. This final evolution of Vantage style was only available during the last three years of production. European-specification Vantages offered the hotter engine, for which the model was legendary as a true supercar, while the standard U.S.-specification cars, for emissions reasons, retained a standard V8 drivetrain.

The car shown here, one of 58 U.S.-specification V8 Vantage Volantes built, was originally delivered, as it presents today, finished in Cannock Black with a Black interior and black soft top, to Bruce P. McNall, via Los Angeles dealer Gregg Motors. Its matching-numbers original engine has been upgraded to a 6.3-litre “big bore” V-8 by English marque specialists Oselli, and it has what the owner describes as “massive unfussy performance,” with 485 horsepower – more powerful and torquey than even the 6.3-litre Zagato models which offered top-of-the-range performance. Also equipped from new with the ZF five-speed transmission and other desirable final-year modifications, including cruise control, and the much appreciated European-specification bumpers, it is accompanied by books, tools, and ownership history, and it remains remarkable in every regard, with about 31,000 actual miles.

Perhaps the finest V8 Vantage Volante available on American shores today, this car boasts a wonderful history and excellent condition, as well as its drivetrain updated to the powerful yet mannered 6.3-litre specification for even more performance than the standard factory V8 Vantage in European trim. It would be a worthy addition to any Aston Martin fleet and thrilling to drive along winding corniches or mountain roadways.

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Alexander Weaver

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+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more