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  • RefCode: TA1131833
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: V8
  • Derivative: VOLANTE SERIES L
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,981
  • Mileage (Miles): 580
  • Mileage (KM): 933
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

Announced on 21st June 1978 the V8 Volante was built to satisfy the persistent demands for new open four seater cars. Ably demonstrated by the escalation in prices of used Aston Martin drop-head coups, particularly in the United States. Its specification follows the contemporary V8 saloon series IV (Oscar India) announced four months later, sharing revised rear body lines, bonnet (the carburettor bulge with dummy air scope now closed at front), burr walnut dash board and door cappings. The convertible hood is fully lined and power operated. The engine, was by then the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek that had made it's first appearance in January 1967 at the Racing Car Show in London and raced by Lola in their Type 70 Mk III GT. The first V8 Volante was road tested by Motor Magazine on the 3rd of March, 1979, when 0-60 M.P.H. in 7.7 seconds and a maximum 150 M.P.H. were recorded. All production until March 1981 (save the prototype) was exported to North America, with homeand continental European markets following thereafter. In 1983, the Volante shared a number of detailed improvements with series IV saloon such as, revised heating & ventilation controls and BBS alloy wheels. Production amounted to approximately 438 cars, between June 1978 & January 1986. However, as the majority would have been for export the used market in the U.K. remains under supplied. Summary:; Aston Martin V8's have always proved a popular and durable classic car and the Volante is the ultimate Grand Tourer. A full 4 seater convertible, the car offers performance allied to easy driving with the automatic transmission and power assisted steering. We are pleased to represent this car for a second time and, with the substantial improvements made in its restoration, ownership will prove rewarding from a driving as well as an investment perspective. Vehicle History; This car was consigned to supplying dealer Reg Vardy Ltd. In 1981 and the history file has little detail of its early ownership. Thefirst detail available was its acquisition by a London based investment company in July 1994. With regards to the vehicle's condition, there is a report conducted by marque specialist Ian Mason on behalf of a prospective purchaser on 10th February 1995. The car was on sale with Aston Martin dealer, Nicholas Mee, having been repainted to factory standard following chassis repairs and replacement sills, the car also benefited from a new mohair hood and carpets. As a result of a positive report, the car was bought by the customer, a Mr Szymonowicz. The car covered approximately 10,000 miles over the next 10 years while the owner was visiting the U.K. from his permanent home overseas then in 2005, Byron International had the pleasure of brokering the car's sale to its current owner. After a number of years enjoying open topped motoring in the Volante, the owners - keen Aston Martin enthusiasts - decided it was time to restore the car to its former glory and commissioned local Aston specialists, Davron,to undertake substantial restoration of the body and a rebuild of the engine. This was followed by a total retrim by Davron on their behalf with high grade hide. The car is therefore presented in immaculate condition and is ready for enjoying this summer.

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  • RefCode: TA1158592
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB9
  • Derivative: Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,006
  • Mileage (Miles): 53,200
  • Mileage (KM): 85,617
  • Colour: Green
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is acknowledged as a modern classic and, with a 6-speed manual gearbox, this car is going to reward any owner. Rare as a manual, it is almost unique with its bespoke luggage and cracking value for money.

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  • RefCode: TA1173584
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB7
  • Derivative: Vantage Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,002
  • Mileage (Miles): 17,600
  • Mileage (KM): 28,324
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

The Volante or soft top version of the DB7 was planned from the beginning and the development of a dedicated convertible design began once the form of the coupe had been established. But the two cars were treated as separate entities with no thought of compromise. 'We actually clay modelled the raised roof' recalled Ian Callum in a recent interview, 'and I worked closely with the trimmers at Aston Martin to learn the constraints coming from the hood material and the folding mechanism, and to ensure that the hood had the correct form. The skills of the trimmers ensured that the silhouette of the raised roof reflects the purity and elegance that characterised the rest of the car.' The end result is a car that, from the edge of the doors forward, the Volante is virtually identical to the coupe. However the rear panels are redesigned to produce a shape with a longer boot lid and stowage space for the hood, though this was not designed to fold out of sight. What was out of sight was the extra stiffeningand the strengthening of the screen surrounds which delivered some degree of roll over protection. To satisfy US type approval, a larger rear bumper was fitted pushing the overall length up by 3 inches. The tailored hood was operated by electric controls and the overall weight of the car raised a total of 150 kilograms. So in spite of the otherwise unchanged specification (no rear anti roll bar) slower acceleration and lower top speeds resulted. The construction of the DB7 was a departure from established Aston Martin practice. Rather than the traditional hand-made aluminium skin attached to a steel platform, the new car had a steel semi-monocoque body shell with steel panels together with composite bonnet, sills and boot lid. The bodies were made in Coventry and then sent to Rolls Royce in Crewe for painting and finally to the new facility at Bloxham where engines, running gear and interior trims were fitted. The installation of a new paint plant at Bloxham in 2000 shortened that productionprocess and put Aston Martin in closer control. At the 1999 Geneva Motor Show Aston Martin launched a new version - the DB7 Vantage. The new car had a 48 valve, all alloy 60 degree 6.0 litre V12 that had been developed by Cosworth and forged in their foundry. It incorporated the latest Formula 1 technology and had a Visteon engine management system capable of processing 1.6 million commands per second. The car, like the original DB7, had been subjected to a rigorous test programme - not for Aston Martin of the '90's was there to be discoveries about high speed engine problems as they had experienced in the 1960's with the DB4. The DB7 Vantage had a high speed durability test running for 48 hours continuously at 165 mph in hot mid-summer in Southern Europe. The new engine produced a massive 420 b.h.p. and a performance potential of over 180 mph and there had to be other areas of development in the car. The Brembo brakes, run through a Teves four channel anti-lock braking system, half ventilated,cross drilled front discs of 14' diameter. Special 15 inch alloy wheels were specially developed with 9 inch rims at the rear and 8 inch rims for the front wheels. Added to that were an advanced traction control system and revised suspension. New upper and lower wishbones linked a new vertical link at the front while at the rear, there was an additional transverse link incorporated. The modifications were completed by Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated springs. To accommodate the V12 engine and the associated 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox, the underside of the car had to be redesigned. This involved an enlarged transmission tunnel and new front end structure with increased strength and torsional rigidity built into the revised structure. New cooling requirements meant wider radiator openings and justified the new bright metal grille while new bumpers and integrated sill design blended in the other subtle external differences. Inside the car was standard Aston Martin luxury withConnolly hide, Kenwood car stereo and the introduction of a large red starter button mounted in the centre console. At missile control, that red starter button would have a large, lockable lever preventing accidental use, such is the power it unleashes. Press the button and almost primeval forces are set free, the initial thunder of the engine settling back into a barely perceptible burble. Engage gear, brace your neck and accelerate - power, beauty and soul. Summary; A real driver's car with its 6 speed manual gearbox and V12 6 litre engine, this beautifully presented Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante is the ultimate 'wind in the hair' choice for an Aston enthusiast. There can be few cars on the market today with a comparable service and ownership history making the choice of an Aston purchase very simple. Vehicle History; This car was bought by its original owner at a time when it was price advantageous to buy in Europe and personally import a car. That is exactly what happened with this car,purchased originally by a Mr Parkhouse at a Dutch main dealer and then brought back to the UK. Maintained immaculately by Mr Parkhouse, the car was sold in late 2003 after a full appraisal conducted by Aston Martin Works Service through the services of our brokerage to a Mr Beale who continued to maintain the car to the highest standards with Works Service meaning that the car was presented in outstanding order with a full Aston Martin Service History when offered by our brokerage once more. It was acquired by the current owner following his own inspection through Aston Martin Works Service. A real Aston Martin enthusiast, he acquired the car having recently had such a good restoration on his DB6 that he wanted to have an Aston he could use more regularly. Even his more regular use of the car has amounted to only around 6,000 miles in six years of ownership and, of course, as an Aston enthusiast, he has maintained the servicing of the car immaculately.

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  • RefCode: TA1173585
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB7
  • Derivative: Vantage Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,002
  • Mileage (Miles): 42,841
  • Mileage (KM): 68,945
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

The Volante or soft top version of the DB7 was planned from the beginning and the development of a dedicated convertible design began once the form of the coupe had been established. But the two cars were treated as separate entities with no thought of compromise. 'We actually clay modelled the raised roof' recalled Ian Callum in a recent interview, 'and I worked closely with the trimmers at Aston Martin to learn the constraints coming from the hood material and the folding mechanism, and to ensure that the hood had the correct form. The skills of the trimmers ensured that the silhouette of the raised roof reflects the purity and elegance that characterised the rest of the car.'; The end result is a car that, from the edge of the doors forward, the Volante is virtually identical to the coupe. However, the rear panels are redesigned to produce a shape with a longer boot lid and stowage space for the hood, though this was not designed to fold out of sight. What was out of sight was the extrastiffening and the strengthening of the screen surrounds which delivered some degree of roll over protection. To satisfy US type approval, a larger rear bumper was fitted pushing the overall length up by 3 inches. The tailored hood was operated by electric controls and the overall weight of the car raised a total of 150 kilograms. So, in spite of the otherwise unchanged specification (no rear anti roll bar) slower acceleration and lower top speeds resulted. The construction of the DB7 was a departure from established Aston Martin practice. Rather than the traditional hand-made aluminium skin attached to a steel platform, the new car had a steel semi-monocoque body shell with steel panels together with composite bonnet, sills and boot lid. The bodies were made in Coventry and then sent to Rolls Royce in Crewe for painting and finally to the new facility at Bloxham where engines, running gear and interior trims were fitted. The installation of a new paint plant at Bloxham in 2000 shortened thatproduction process and put Aston Martin in closer control. At the 1999 Geneva Motor Show Aston Martin launched a new version - the DB7 Vantage. The new car had a 48 valve, all alloy 60-degree 6.0 litre V12 that had been developed by Cosworth and forged in their foundry. It incorporated the latest Formula 1 technology and had a Visteon engine management system capable of processing 1.6 million commands per second. The car, like the original DB7, had been subjected to a rigorous test programme - not for Aston Martin of the '90's was there to be discoveries about high speed engine problems as they had experienced in the 1960's with the DB4. The DB7 Vantage had a high-speed durability test running for 48 hours continuously at 165 mph in hot mid-summer in Southern Europe. The new engine produced a massive 420 b.h.p. and a performance potential of over 180 mph and there had to be other areas of development in the car. The Brembo brakes, run through a Teves four channel anti-lock braking system, halfventilated, cross drilled front discs of 14' diameter. Special 15-inch alloy wheels were specially developed with 9-inch rims at the rear and 8-inch rims for the front wheels. Added to that were an advanced traction control system and revised suspension. New upper and lower wishbones linked a new vertical link at the front while at the rear, there was an additional transverse link incorporated. The modifications were completed by Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated springs. To accommodate the V12 engine and the associated 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox, the underside of the car had to be redesigned. This involved an enlarged transmission tunnel and new front-end structure with increased strength and torsional rigidity built into the revised structure. New cooling requirements meant wider radiator openings and justified the new bright metal grille while new bumpers and integrated sill design blended in the other subtle external differences. Inside the car was standard Aston Martinluxury with Connolly hide and the introduction of a large red starter button mounted in the centre console. At missile control, that red starter button would have a large, lockable lever preventing accidental use, such is the power it unleashes. Press the button and almost primeval forces are set free, the initial thunder of the engine settling back into a barely perceptible burble. Engage gear, brace your neck and accelerate - power, beauty and soul. Summary:; With performance to spare, wonderful good looks, an original left-hand drive and a great ownership history, this will be a fantastic car for Continental touring or perhaps keeping at your Mediterranean hideaway for sunny Summer days. Byron International can organise UK registration details if required, but, even outside the EU, Monaco has reciprocal arrangements with EU registration authorities and transfer to your local licencing authority will be simple. A great time to buy and then plenty of time to enjoy this modern classic. VehicleHistory; This lovely car is a 2001 model registered BZ 688 ZA to its first owner in Bologna, Italy 0n 27th February 2002. The only records of this ownership come in the form of the new car warranty document and the service stamps which note a service on 5th November 2002 at an odometer reading of 7,500. One point of note comes from the Aston Martin build sheet indicating that the car was originally Pendle Black and allocated for the Swiss market. It must have failed to meet the colour demands of Aston Martin Bolgna's customer as the colour was changed to Silver - while the engine bay retains its original colour. The car then finds its second and current owner through the services of British Motors in Monaco - in fact the owner divides his time between Monaco and Madrid and the car remains under its Mongasque registration. The owner has been described by his family as an avid sports car enthusiast, having always owned a sports car or two at any given time since his 20's. The cars were mostly usedlocally for commuting and never for road trips. He has owned numerous Ferraris, Corvettes, Lamborghinis, Mercedes SL's in addition to three Astons. asked which car was his favourite and without hesitation he says the Aston. He also enjoyed the process of buying them priding himself in his deal making prowess, and was able to trade up over the years to better and better cars. During the 1980's the owner was President of Philip Morris Spain, who were major sponsor of Grand Prix cars and drivers with the Marlboro brand. He attended, even hosted, many of the pre-race dinners with the drivers and rubbed elbows with all of them. James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda to name a fewand his children remember attending races with him in Watkins Glen, Monaco and Jarama. So service records from both Monaco and Spain are understandable and complete the picture of a low mileage example of one of Aston Martin's acknowledged modern classics that has been owned by a discerning and enthusiastic driver.

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  • RefCode: TA1173586
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB9
  • Derivative: Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,005
  • Mileage (Miles): 20,400
  • Mileage (KM): 32,830
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

Background:; The DB9 was the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time. The sleek superformed aluminium body was initially designed by Ian Callum but had also been significantly influenced by the next director of AM design, Hendrik Fisker. The DB9 was powered by a third generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre V12 and has a top speed of 186mph. Production of the coupe started at the new Gaydon factory very early in 2004, with the Volante coming on stream early in 2005. The DB9 was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture the DB 9 used Superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. The DB9 body shell weighed 25% less than that of the DB7 but has double its torsional rigidity.This process also allowed Aston Martin to retain high levels of engineering accuracy in producing a car at a higher volume, ensuring chassis performance to match the engine power. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. Beautifully tailored with the finest of materials, the DB9 follows uses Bridge of Weir leather, aluminium and wood. The use of wood in the interior was different from previous Aston Martins, with customers offered a choice of walnut, mahogany or bamboo. The fine detail of finishing typifies by the starter button made of glass, sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo. Summary:; A beautiful car, a clearly traceable ownership history and an immaculate service record. If you are looking for a modern Aston Martin classic to buy, you just found it. Vehicle History; This lovely car was first purchased by a Mr Couling of Poole in Dorset in September 2005 and he kept the car barely a year before it was purchased by a Simon Dedman of WestYorkshire. He owned the car for rather longer and the car returned south to Hitchin in Hertfordshire when it was acquired by a Mrs Connold in September 2014 - a year later and on to a Guy Davies of Tonbridge and then a year later in September 2016 to its current London based owner. There are two elements remarkable in that history - firstly all the owners covered only a modest mileage and the second fact is that the mileage can be verified by one of the most comprehensive service histories that any Aston Martin owner would covet - every service conducted by time and every service the work of established and recognised Aston Martin specialists.

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  • RefCode: TA1175593
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: DB9
  • Derivative: Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 2,006
  • Mileage (Miles): 53,500
  • Mileage (KM): 86,099
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Manual

Background:; The DB9 was the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time. The sleek superformed aluminium body was initially designed by Ian Callum but had also been significantly influenced by the next director of AM design, Hendrik Fisker. The DB9 was powered by a third-generation version of the now familiar 6.0 litre V12 and has a top speed of 186mph. Production of the coupe started at the new Gaydon factory very early in 2004, with the Volante coming on stream early in 2005. The DB9 was the first of what was to become a long line of production Aston Martins to use VH architecture the DB 9 used Superformed parts in the chassis and footwell as well as the body panels. The individual die-cast, extruded or stamped aluminium elements of the VH platform are bonded with strong adhesives and self-piercing rivets to make a lightweight but stiff backbone. The DB9 body shell weighed 25% less than that of the DB7 but has double its torsional rigidity.This process also allowed Aston Martin to retain high levels of engineering accuracy in producing a car at a higher volume, ensuring chassis performance to match the engine power. Aston Martins have always made the interior of their cars to be very special places. Beautifully tailored with the finest of materials, the DB9 follows uses Bridge of Weir leather, aluminium and wood. The use of wood in the interior was different from previous Aston Martins, with customers offered a choice of walnut, mahogany or bamboo. The fine detail of finishing typifies by the starter button made of glass, sand etched with the Aston Martin wings logo. Summary:; The Aston Martin DB9 Volante is acknowledged as a modern classic and, with a 6-speed manual gearbox, this car is going to reward any owner. Rare as a manual, it is almost unique with its bespoke luggage and cracking value for money. Highly recommended!; Vehicle History; First registered in September 2006, this lovely manual Volante was sold by Aston MartinMayfair to a Mr Farmer of Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire. The car was serviced and maintained by Lancaster of Reading and it is they who sold the car to its second owner, Mr Lewis Evans, in January 2011. With bases in both London and the West Country, Mr Evans dominant use of the car was Touring and he commissioned bespoke luggage to go with the car. Two hard cases are complimented by two soft bags which all together fit the boot space - maximising the available storage, two larger soft bags were made to fit on the rear seats. All made in Bridge of Weir leather in Parliament Green with Moonstone to match the interior trim, they were further personalised with the chassis number of the car. In addition there were certain areas of personalisation of the interior carried out in this period. However, the two years that it took to make this wonderful luggage saw the arrival of children and the curtailing of the touring! Still unused and still fabulous this luggage set adds to the value of this car. Thecar was registered in Mr Evans' company name in March 2014 and was acquired by the current owner, an Aston enthusiast well known to Byron International, in November 2017. So, whist the registration document notes 3 previous owners plus the current owner, only two owners actually owned the car before 2017. A great service history accompanies the car.

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  • RefCode: TA1175592
  • Make: ASTON MARTIN
  • Model: VIRAGE
  • Derivative: Volante
  • Category: Convertible
  • Year: 1,993
  • Mileage (Miles): 62,500
  • Mileage (KM): 100,584
  • Colour: See Photo/Text
  • RHD/LHD: RHD
  • Gearbox type: Automatic

Background:; Following three years of intense development, Aston Martin choose to unveil their new car for the nineties and beyond, at the International Motor Show in England on the 18th of October 1988. Called the Virage it was one of the sensations of the show attracting enormous public and media attention. The engine, based on the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek with its racing pedigree, was heavily revised with entirely new cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (last used by Aston Martin in 1921-2) for better breathing and to overcome power losses inevitable with the use of catalytic converters. This is so the engine can run on unleaded fuel anywhere; in effect it is a 'worldwide' engine compatible for all markets. Development of the new four valve heads was undertaken by the renowned experts, Callaway Engineering of Connecticut, United States. The chassis was designed in conjunction with the Cranfield Institute of Technology (one of the leaders in aerospacetechnology). It is torsionally stiffer, lighter and less complex that that of its predecessor, the V8. The body, in true Aston Martin tradition is aluminium, hand beaten by skilled craftsmen to a design by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley. 'From the outset we felt that the car should be an evolutionary successor to the DB4, 5, 6 and V8,' said Heffernan. The front spoiler incorporates an aerodynamically shaped undertray, while the rear features a boot lip spoiler, each combining to produce zero lift. Glazing is flush throughout. A Virage Volante was first displayed at the 1990 International Motor Show, with a 2+2 following in 1992. In 1993 the car was further improved when the four speed version of the Torqueflite automatic gearbox was introduced with variable sport or comfort settings. Summary:; Just as with its V8 predecessor, The Virage Volante has consistently been better received in the market place that its saloon variant. This original left-hand drive, EU registered car is presented in astriking and attractive colour combination and offers a great opportunity for classic Continental touring but with many of the luxuries that we have become accustomed to in modern cars. It is a car to acquire with confidence with the sound evidence of maintenance right up to the present day - this is not a classic where the owner has lost interest, he has continued to invest for the car's future. Vehicle History; This lovely car was originally supplied by Aston Martin to established Aston Martin owner, Professor Dr Muller of Koblenz in Germany. Supplied on a personal export basis, it originally took a UK registration was and remained with the first owner until June 1998 when it was acquired by a Dr Mhlberger in the same city. All the details of the export, the car's original invoicing and the Fahrzeugbrief (German registration document) are in an extensive history folder given to us by the current owner. It was acquired by its third and current keeper in Holland in September 2001 - a classic carenthusiast whose enthusiasm is reflected not only on the detailed care that has been lavished on his Aston Martin but also the car that shares garage space with the Aston - a beautiful 1965 Mercedes Benz 250 SEC. It is also interesting to note that the folder includes TV certificate as well as Dutch RDW Certificates - equivalent to UK MOT Certificates. This is just part of a history that can instil confidence in the intrinsic quality of the car as does the professional appraisal carried out by a Dutch expert in May 2018 that concludes 'Overall Condition - Very Good' and a further inspection carried out by Aston Martin Heritage dealer Aston Martin Michiels in February 2019 which concluded in the same way. If proof of the driveability of this car was needed, the owner drove it from Holland to the UK when we put it on sale - she is a great car, a great drive

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