1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
$375,000 - $450,000
RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 17 - 18 JANUARY 2019 - Offered on Friday
- Highly original, showing less than 8,000 miles
- One of only 58 produced in this desirable U.S. specification
- Purchased new by golf legend Greg Norman
Described by former Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett as “a stylish thoroughbred, beautifully built, luxurious, fast, and immensely safe,” the Aston Martin V8 was built in several variants, one of the more exclusive being the Volante Convertible. Introduced in response to customer demand for such a car, the Volante first appeared in June 1978. Arguably the ultimate in soft-top luxury, the new model boasted a lined, power-operated top which, when raised, endowed the walnut-embellished interior with all the solidity and refinement associated with the coupe version. Although its open-car aerodynamics meant that top speed suffered with the top down, the Volante’s 150-mph maximum nevertheless ranked it among the world’s fastest convertibles. The V8 Volante received periodic upgrades and refinements, adopting the era-defining BBS wheels in 1983, and then switching to Weber-Marelli fuel injection and a flatter hood in 1986.
A copy of original factory records indicates this 1989 V8 Vantage Volante was completed at Aston Martin’s factory on 5 May 1989. One of only 58 produced in U.S. Vantage specification, it is visually distinguished from the standard Volante by its wider fender flares, front air dam, sill plates, and a kick-up trunk lid. Shipped to Palm Beach Motor Cars in West Palm Beach, Florida, it was delivered to its first owner, motoring enthusiast and golf legend Greg Norman, on 25 July 1989, as documented in a copy of the original purchaser’s paperwork.
With less than 8,000 original miles, the condition of this car is remarkable, as you would expect from such a well-cared for example. The original factory Cannock Black paint and black Everflex top are in exceptional condition. Inside, the sumptuous Parchment leather-upholstered interior, with contrasting black piping and carpets, is in superb condition, showing very minimal wear. Under the hood, the matching-numbers 5.3-litre V-8 resides in a highly detailed compartment, and mechanically the car has received proper service by a marque specialist. In keeping with the excellent overall presentation, the original owner’s handbooks, tool kit, leather convertible top boot cover, extra keys, and spare tire accompany the car.
This stunning, beautifully preserved, low-mileage original V8 Vantage Volante with exceptional provenance presents an outstanding opportunity to own one of the finest of the breed.