Aston Martin V8 Volante
- Production Dates: 1978–1989
By 1978, few new open cars were being built anywhere in the world. But persistent demand was demonstrated by the escalation of the price of second-hand Aston Martin drop-head coupes and the
American market was wide open, as by then the American industry had stopped manufacturing convertibles.
The V8 Volante announced on 21st June 1978, was therefore assured a warm welcome. Its specification
follows the contemporary V8 saloon, but was ahead in having polished burr walnut trim and a re-designed bonnet. The hood was power operated as before and was fully lined for noise insulation.
- Price New: £33,864
- Engine: dohc V-8,
- Transmission: 4-speed manual
- Suspension: Front: trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
- Rear: live axle, trailing links, Panhard rod, coil springs
- Brakes: front/rear drums
- Height: 4'6" (137cm)
- Weight: 1791kg (3,950lb)
- Top Speed: 150 mph
- 0-60 mph: 8.9