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The Aston Martin V8 was launched in 1972 and was the final David Brown-era model ultimately becoming the longest-running model in the marque's glorious history. A true four-seater with potential for 160-mph speeds, this hand-built British grand tourer undoubtedly remains one of the fastest and most elegant cars ever produced.
To satisfy American demand, the V8 Volante convertible debuted in 1978, but it was not available in higher-performance Vantage specification until 1986. This option added an uprated engine with an approximate 400 hp and aggressive bodywork including a bonnet bulge, flared wheel arches, an integral boot spoiler and a deep front air dam. For those seeking more, the optional "X-Pack" engine upped power output to 432 bhp. Only 166 Vantage Volantes were so equipped when production ended in December 1989.
This example offered for sale by DK Engineering is a factory-built Vantage Volante X-Pack with just 19,000 miles from new. It is equipped with a desirable ZF five-speed manual gearbox and handsomely finished in Balmoral Green with Magnolia hides piped in green. The subject of a bare-metal repaint completed in 2010 by marque specialists, it also received a partial re-trim with new green carpeting. Replacement, original-style Ronal wheels and new tyres were also fitted to the car in 2010. In addition, the car has just had an annual service and recently received a new clutch assembly and flywheel.
This very rare X-Pack Volante also benefits from an excellent service history, first with Aston Martin main dealers and then the specialist firm Trinity Engineering. Complete with its superb history and resulting condition, this Volante the ultimate iteration with the X-Pack option.