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1986 Aston Martin V8 Volante For SaleDavid Brown’s ambition to take Aston Martin to new heights required a more powerful V8 engine to replace their established straight six. Whilst the DBS went into production in 1967 it wasn’t until two years later that the car received the new, powerful, V8. The V8 powered DBS ensured Aston could offer one of the fastest production cars in the world. Unfortunately, this was not enough to return Aston Martin to profit and as such David Brown sold the company to Company Developments in 1972.
After the sale of Aston Martin to ‘Company Developments’ in January, 1972, work started on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, the main visual cue being the adoption of single headlamps and a revised front grille. Now known as the AMV8, the car retained the Bosch mechanical fuel injection system until August 1973, when four twin choke Weber carburettors were fitted, together with updates to the interior trim, a bigger bonnet bulge to clear the carburettor air box and a re-designed fuel tank to allow more luggage space.
1978 saw the introduction of the long awaited Volante model which offered a power operated, fully lined convertible hood.
In 1986 fuel injection was re-introduced to the V8. Instead of the earlier Bosch system, Aston Martin incorporated a Weber/Marelli electronically controlled sequential system. The new EFI system removed the need for the bonnet bulge of the earlier carburettor models. This final incarnation of the AMV8 was fitted with BBS cross spoke wheels and is considered extremely rare. The vast majority of the EFI cars sold were fitted with automatic transmissions and the rarest of all were specified with a 5 speed ZF manual transmission at an additional cost.
The Aston Martin AMV8 Volante offered here at Autostorico is a 1986 example finished in Buckingham Green metallic with tan hide. The car was sold new by Newport Imports into California in US specification and is thought to have been one of only 11 manual EFI Volantes exported. The car was finished in Suffolk Red and was specified with Vantage style front airdam and two Cibie auxiliary driving lights. The history file shows C382 XLU was maintained by Newport Imports until it left the US in 1989. During this period the car was serviced twice at 2,423 and 5,678 miles.
In 1989 the car was imported into Jersey and re-registered J1851. In the November of that year the car was returned to Aston Martin, Newport Pagnell for a service. Whilst at the factory the car was converted to UK specification. The accompanying history file has an invoice totalling around £12,000 for this work. During this period of ownership the car had its colour changed to British Racing Green and had the Vantage front spoiler replaced with the rare Prince of Wales specification unit.
On the 19/01/1990 the car was imported into the UK and given the registration number C382 XLU. The new owner sent the car, the following year, to RS Williams who did a 10,000 mile service. In 1994 RS Williams serviced the car again at which point the car had only covered a mere 14,024 miles.
Later in 1994 the car was acquired by a German Lady living in Fuengirola, Spain. Not much is known during her period of ownership other than documentation relating to the import of the car into Spain. The car was sold as part of a private exchange in Paris in 2000 when the penultimate owner took delivery.
In November 2000 the car was returned to Newport Pagnell once more for a major service and vehicle check. The owner instructed the factory to carry out any renewals necessary following the cars six years in Spain. The file includes invoices for these works and shows that the car had covered a total of just 22,934 miles. The following month Aston Martin renewed the brake master cylinder. In 2004 Aston Martin serviced the car and completed a number of repairs including: Air conditioning, Crankcase damper seal, Front suspension overhaul and a modified AP braking system was installed following a full overhaul of the brakes. These works are all documented and total £8,653.78. Over the next 10 years the car has had oil changes every 2 years but has covered less than 4,000 miles.
The current registered keeper took delivery of C382 XLU in October 2015. During his ownership the car has been to Lincoln Scott (Aston Martin Specialist) for an overhaul of the interior trim including: cleaning and re-colouring of all interior fittings, a new leather dash top, new handbrake and gear lever gaiters, re-finish lamp control bezels & apply new decals, flat off and machine polish gear lever veneer plate, supply and fit Sure Shift gear lever kit and make and fit new hood and hood cover. These works came to a total of £5,674.80. In August 2016 he instructed Aston Martin Works to carry out a service and any further work necessary. The invoice for this work details a 10,000 mile service, work to the rear brakes, replacement of rear shock absorber mountings, removal and overhaul of steering rack, flush and refill cooling system, re-gas air conditioning system and other ancillaries. This invoice totalled £8,561.54.
Currently reading 26,472 miles, this 3 UK owner example is rare, in remarkable condition and presented ready for the road. It will be supplied to it’s new keeper with UK registration document and MOT, accompanying history file, original books and tool kit.