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1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato – Never Registered!

  • 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato
  • A brand new, unregistered example
  • 1 of 37 V8 Volante Zagatos ever made
  • 1 of just 10 examples built to Vantage Specification from new
  • Delivery mileage of just 50 miles

MODEL HISTORY

The combination of Aston Martin and Zagato is one that seems so synonymous, that one would think there was a host of cars they had worked on together. However, until 2003 when the DB7 Zagato was launched, the two companies had only collaborated twice. The first time being on the legendary DB4 GT Zagato in 1960, which today sits at the very top any collectors shopping list, if you can find one. Twenty-four years after the launch of the DB4 GT, a conversation between Victor Gauntlett, then Chairman of Aston Martin, and the Zagato brothers at the Geneva Motor Show in 1984 would kick off the second joint venture.

Aston Martin was enjoying the boom of the Eighties and sales of the V8 and V8 Vantage models were going well. However, the competition was stiff. Think Ferrari 288 GTO and Porsche 959, not to mention the more ‘off the peg’ Ferrari Testarossa and Lamborghini Countach. There was plenty to satisfy the appetite of the wealthy car buyer, but the excesses of the time were so much that more and more people wanted that car that no one else could have. Thus the V8 Vantage Zagato was born. After a visit to Newport Pagnell to analyse the chassis and see what they had to work with, Gianni Zagato returned to Milan to come up with a concept, drawings of which were shown at Geneva in 1985. Based on the drawings and a clay scale model, all 50 build slots were sold.

The car itself used an uprated version of the V8 Vantage engine, now churning out 432 bhp and with Zagato using aluminium and CRP panels, as well as shortening the chassis by 17cms, the weight was reduced by over 10% compared to the standard Aston. The result was a 0-60mph time under 5 seconds and a top speed of 187mph, thanks to the new styling’s slippery shape. The styling was met with mixed reviews but with time, there is no doubting it as a cutting edge and iconic design, very much in keeping with the Eighties. At the end of production, 52 examples were built and went to some of the most famous car enthusiasts of the time.

In 1987, the Volante (convertible) version was launched. After the promise of owning the most exclusive supercar, let alone Aston Martin, the owners of the Coupé were understandably upset at being upstaged so shortly after shelling out for their own cars. In order to placate them, the styling of the Volante was more subdued, gone was the power bulge bonnet and a different, less aggressive nose with slated flip up lights was installed. The engine was the fuel injection unit found in the standard V8s at the time and put out a much more conservative, 320 bhp, down by over 100 bhp on its Coupé sibling. Having made one group of Aston Martin owners happy, the new buyers of the Volante were next to kick up a fuss about the new looks and lower power output. As a result, the factory offered a very expensive option to upgrade one’s Volante to Vantage specification, not just in terms of the engine but the styling as well.

Of the 37 Volante Zagatos built, just 10 were converted by the Works to Vantage specification, 3 of which only had the cosmetic upgrades. The conversion consisted of the following:

  • Rebuild engine to Vantage specification including conversion from fuel injection to carburettors.
  • Fitting of Vantage Zagato front bumper and open headlights
  • Fitting of Vantage Zagato bonnet with bulge to clear carburettors

All the Vantage Volantes were manual and just 1 was built in LHD.

This Motor Car

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato for sale with the Classic Motor Hub is unrepeatable. Originally ordered in 1988 as a Left Hand Drive to be delivered to Germany, the order was either cancelled or changed and the car was built in Right Hand Drive. Specified in Gladiator Red with Black (8500) interior and Black Mohair Hood, this particular car was ordered new in Vantage specification. There is only one LHD Vantage Volante Zagato, so the irony is that had this car been built to original specification, it would be even rarer!

Having never been registered, this car has lived in a prominent collection for many years. Still showing delivery mileage of 50 miles on the odometer and in time warp condition, this really is a very exciting prospect for any collector.

The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante Zagato for sale at the Classic Motor Hub comes with a full compliment of tools and jack in their original leather cases. Still sitting on its, ‘as new’, Good Year Eagle tyres from 1989, this incredible motor car offers the truly unique opportunity to buy a ‘brand new’ Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante, so if you missed out on one in 1988, here is a second chance, while stocks last!

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