1989 Aston Martin V8SOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 5,340 CC DOHC V-8 Engine Weber-Marelli Electronic Fuel Injection Approximately 380 BHP at 6,000 RPM 5-Speed Manual Gearbox Front Double-Wishbone Suspension Rear De Dion Axle and Coil-Spring Suspension About this Car: This outstanding late AMV8 features rarity in both production volume and sequence, adding distinguished elements to the renowned performance qualities of this Vantage-specification Aston Martin. This car is believed to be the final American-market Vantage Volante produced, making it the last of just 58 examples prepared for the US over a three-year period. As the most luxuriously appointed variation of the long-running and time-improved AMV8, this Vantage was standard-equipped with a limited-slip differential, Connolly leather upholstery, Wilton wool carpeting, burled walnut interior trim, power windows, air-conditioning, and a power top. This Volante is also notable for its rare five-speed manual gearbox, which accounted for just 11 of the 58 examples exported to the US, and considerably capitalized on the powerful V-8. Originally dispatched on October 25, 1989, to Gregg Motors – the Beverly Hills, California, Aston Martin dealer – this car is believed to have been the photographic subject of a widely printed magazine advertisement for the Technics audio equipment company. Retained as a showroom centerpiece by Gregg Motors for at least two years, the Volante was initially acquired by an executive of Daimler-Benz, who shipped the car to his collection in Switzerland before selling it eight years later to an enthusiast in Charlotte, North Carolina. Passing briefly to a Florida-based collector, this Vantage was discovered in 2002 by Jon Aycoth, a public relations veteran who was Aston Martin’s American spokesman during the late 1980s, having sourced the car for the Technics ad. Keenly aware of this Volante’s rarity and final place in the Americanexport production sequence, Mr. Aycoth was thrilled to finally acquire the car, which he had eyed for many years. In 2003, the Aston Martin was sold to Andy Schor, and soon thereafter equipped with a desirable European-style stainless steel exhaust system, an authentic conversion that provided performance dividends. Acquired by the consignor in February 2012, this Vantage Volante has received recent freshening work, including the addition of Europeanspecification chrome bumpers, a refinishing of the interior wood, and a complete servicing of the brakes, gearbox, and differential. Accompanied by an original brochure, build sheet, manuals, and unique factory-fitted luggage, this handsome Aston Martin displayed less than 11,000 original miles at the time of cataloguing. It is a rare and sparingly used example of the most luxurious, performance-tuned evolution of the long-running and famously powerful AMV8.

Reference Number 206508

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1989 Aston Martin V8
VIN SCFCV81V5KTL15838 
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