2005 Australian International Motor Show Sydney Auction
1982 Aston Martin Volante
Result: PASSED IN
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The stylish Aston Martin V8 Volante was adapted from William Towns' V8 Saloon by Harold Beach and fulfilled a demand from the American market for a bespoke luxury convertible with more overtly sporting pretensions than its only other serious rival, the Rolls-Royce Corniche. Launched in June 1978, the Volante was based on the Series 3 Saloon and boasted a blanked-off bonnet scoop and cabin trimmed in the finest hides and timbers.
With the advent of the Oscar India (including some minor cosmetic changes, a new dash and centre console and high compression engine), the Aston Martin V8 range consisted of the V8 Saloon, Volante and Vantage and the open-topped cars were always incredibly rare (just 656 were built in Series 1 and a further 245 in Series 2 specification). Powered by the quad-cam all-alloy 5.3-litre V8 engine ideally mated to automatic transmission.
The Volante had an electrically-operated and fully lined top, burr Walnut trim and every conceivable luxury to create what was the ultimate high performance convertible of the day.