Chassis Number: SCFCV81CXGTR15454
Engine Number: V/585/5454/S
UK Registration Number: C 581 JTM
Date of first reg: 25th March 1986
Exterior colour: Balmoral Green
Interior colour: Magnolia piped Green
Current Odometer reading: 61,314
Options: BBS Wheels, Auxiliary Driving Lamps, Front Fog Lamps, Head Rests with Pads
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 coupés, 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 its 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 home and continental European markets following thereafter. In 1983, the Volante shared a number of detailed improvements with the 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.
It has been often said that the fuel injected V8 was a great choice for a “daily driver” and so it proved with this wonderful Volante. Beautifully presented in an ideal colour combination and rare with a manual gearbox, she represents the very best example of a Grand Tourer.
With an exemplary service and maintenance record together with the gently patinated veneer of a true classic, she is a car that promises the twin joys of a secure investment and a great ownership experience.
Truly one for this Summer!
Chassis number '15454' was first registered in March 1986 and delivered to its first owner a Mr Aboutaka of London NW6. This information comes straight from the vehicle’s service book that carries service stamps that to the first change of keeper being Sussex based.
Servicing then reverted to Aston Martin Works and we are grateful for the current owner’s enquiries to the DVLA which identify the various steps in the ownership chain. The car was acquired from Mr Aboutaka by Peter Hopkins of Haywards Heath and the service book notes service by local Porsche specialists! From there the car moved to the ownership of Wilverley and Hampshire Estates ltd of Lymington in Hampshire.
The next registered keeper was an organisation called Tradeca Ltd who, whilst registered as a company in Jersey, registered the car in London W12. They owned the car from October 1989 until it was sold to a Mike Blackall of Slough who bought the Aston through the services of classic car specialist Straight 8 Motors in October 1993. Previously serviced by marque specialist Ian Mason, the car was professionally stored with Manor Car Storage while the owner made lengthy trips abroad between 1993 and 1997 in his role he as Area Director of Operations for the Sheraton Hotel Group.
Ian Mason continued the programme of regular maintenance and in 1996 the convertible hood renewed in Green and the headlining redone by Gary Wright Coach Trimming. There is no detail available but it is assumed that the change of hood was contemporary with the change of external colour of the car to Balmoral Green.
Between 1998 and 2000, the was Oxford based under the stewardship of a Mr Graham Hazell and it was in April 2000 that the current owner purchased the car through the services of marque standard bearers, RS Williams and maintenance of the car has been entrusted to R S Williams since then, with the service book stamped eight times.
As the managing director of a successful Surrey based business, the current owner originally registered the car to the business and, reflective of the exceptional condition and serviceability of the car, used it for his daily commute. However, when the business was sold the car was acquired from the business and then registered in his own name and has become a true classic tourer with visits to Italy and Spain amongst its destinations.
10.02.86- Mileage: 01,152- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
1,000 mile service
08.05.87- Mileage: 05,232- Service Agent: Turbo Torque
5,000 mile service
09.01.88- Mileage: 10,769- Service Agent: Carrera Sport
10,000 mile service
09.05.88- Mileage: 12,506- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
15,000 mile service
14.04.89- Mileage: 15,433- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
20,000 mile service
03.09.93- Mileage: 23,965- Service Agent: Ian Mason
Remove glove box and parts necessary to access ECU, carry out full engine management system check, rectify faulty connections to n/s coil, replace defective absolute pressure sensor and all vac pipes, tested fuel pump, checked filters and lines, adjusted CO setting, balanced throttles, final adjustments and refit glove box etc.
04.10.93- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Straight Eight
To supply and fit one Cobra remote alarm
11.10.93- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Manor Car Storage
12 weeks’ storage, maintenance programme
24.06.94- Mileage: 24,215- Service Agent: Ian Mason
25,000 mile service, remove all brake pads, clean and check pads, discs and callipers. Drive belts checked, new spark plugs fitted, CO checked and reset, throttle butterflies balanced. O/s & n/s cam cover plugs replaced, coolant system drained and refreshed with new anti-freeze. Tightened both door mirrors, removed driving lamps to rectify faulty connections, set headlamp beam and fit AMOC badge to grille, remove fascia panel top to tighten screen jet, rectify faulty earth n rear trafficator lamp holders, evacuate and refill air conditioning system, test, MOT
15.07.94- Mileage: 25,505- Service Agent: Ian Mason
Remove parts as necessary to remove o/s and n/s cylinder heads. Remove cam shafts and tappet cups, air rail and parts nec. To pressure test. Send cylinder heads for surface grinding, reassemble adjusting tappets with new shims. Refit both heads with new gaskets, set valve timing and refit all parts. Check engine management system, adjust CO and throttles. Fit new rear bulb, new ceramic fuses, clean car and lubricate n/s window. Trimmers charge for removing torn section of hood and hand stitching new section
16.10.94- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Manor Car Storage
15 weeks’ storage, maintenance programme
19.07.95- Mileage: 25,727- Service Agent: Ian Mason
Carrying out general check over of car. New set of exhaust clamps fitted, new inner brake reactor strut bush fitted n/s., levels checked
01.04.96- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Manor Car Storage
13 weeks’ car storage, maintenance programme
19.04.96- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Gary H Wright
Supply and fit new hood and headlining
16.09.96- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ryder Coachworks
Under seal floor and polish car
02.01.97- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Manor Car Storage
13 weeks’ storage, maintenance programme
28.05.97- Mileage: 26,860- Service Agent: Ian Mason
30,000 mile service, new battery fitted, new set of engine drive belts fitted, top up anti-freeze as necessary, dismantle o/s & n/s front hubs to clean and check wheel bearings, new bearing sets fitted to both hubs, grease packed and refitted. Removed all brakes pads, cleaned and checked pads, discs and callipers, lubricate and adjust handbrake callipers and cables, checked engine management system. Removed all parts to remove gearbox, clutch and flywheel assembly, cleaned all parts and fitted new balanced clutch / flywheel assembly and release bearing, refit gearbox, bled all parts and adjusted clutch
25.09.98- Mileage: 28,563- Service Agent: Oselli Engineering
35,000 mile service
16.03.99- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Oselli Engineering
To recover vehicle, check and rectify non-starting. Test all systems, remove front damper assembly and replace crankshaft sensor
15.03.00- Mileage: 29,756- Service Agent: RS Williams
5,000 mile service
13.04.00- Mileage: 29,769- Service Agent: RS Williams
Pre-delivery check list
15.10.00- Mileage: 33,077- Service Agent: RS Williams
45,000 mile service
30.05.01- Mileage: 39,525- Service Agent: RS Williams
50,000 mile service
30.01.02- Mileage: 43,305- Service Agent: RS Williams
55,000 mile service
15.10.02- Mileage: 48,371- Service Agent: RS Williams
60,000 mile service
20.06.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams
Estimate: Remove interior trims and carpets, spare wheel and rear bumper assembly, rear lights, rear under valance panel, rear panel fittings, boot lid and necessary fittings, petrol flaps, B post fittings and hood. Jacking out rear panel, beating and re-shaping rear and inner panels.
20.06.03- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams
Attend to gel coat damage to rear under valance and re-laminating as required. Align and fit boot lid, rear under valance panels, rear lamps, rear bumper. Check profile and fitment. Prepare, etch prime and polyester prime repaired panels, dry flatting repairs, fit panels and check contours. Prepare prime and paint rear panel, rear scuttle panel, o/s/r and n/s/r quarter panels, boot lid and petrol flaps. Localise colour into and within panels as required. Flat and polish. Prepare, prime and paint rear under valance in two pack semi matt black and re-blacking stone chip under body. Refit parts as required.
16.09.03- Mileage: 49,419- Service Agent: RS Williams
Check operation of air conditioning. Tracing faults, drain remainder of gas from system. Fit replacement valve core, fit new receiver dryer, fit high side charge port, swap binary switch to new receiver dryer. Vacuum system and fill with correct R12 gas charge. Check system and clutch free play. Secure driver’s floor mat to seat frame, fit new top hose, top up anti-freeze, fit new l/h courtesy light switch, wash engine bay and coat with service spray.
10.10.06- Mileage: 52,089- Service Agent: RS Williams
65,000 mile service
30.04.09- Mileage: 54,727- Service Agent: Moonwhizz Ltd
Supply and fit belt to compressor, fit new bulb to n/s headlight, air conditioning compressor not working, convert to R134A gas with kit and additive re-charge system. Faulty terminal on pressure switch repaired. Conduct emissions test
01.07.10- Mileage: 57,105- Service Agent: RS Williams
Disconnect and remove water pump, clean timing case face, fit service exchange water pump. Fit new water pump, power steering and air conditioning belts. Fit new water hoses and clips as required. Re-fill cooling system with correct anti-freeze content, road test car, adjust new belts, carry out pre-delivery checks. Trace fault of intermittent long brake pedal to brake master cylinder. Remove master cylinder shield, disconnect and remove master cylinder, mount latest specification master cylinder, set pedal height, reconnect pipe work, flush braking system with new fluid, bleed brakes, road test car.
24.03.11- Mileage: 57,611- Service Agent: RS Williams
70,000 mile service
24.04.13- Mileage: 58,833- Service Agent: RS Williams
75,000 mile service, remove road wheels, adjust front wheel bearings, grease king pins, fit latest specification brake pads, remove rear pads. Report on seized calliper piston. Remove chassis strengthening frame, disconnect and lower differential unit. Remove differential cradle and rear brake callipers, strip callipers, clean and repaint callipers, rebuild using new pistons and seals, de-glaze rear discs, refit cradle using new bolts, replace brake pipes as required, refit differential assembly using new mountings as required, bleed brake system, adjust handbrake, check differential and gearbox oil levels. Adjust clutch, check fuel flow and fuel pressure. Pressure test cooling system and top up anti-freeze. Check air conditioning, drain system, replace air conditioning hoses with modern barrier specification. Replace receiver drier and trinary switch, vacuum out and re-charge system adding leak detection dye. Adjust engine drive belts, present car for MOT