26 January 2016

Classic Classified: 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante

From: Hemmings Motor News
Date: March 1989
Price then: $68,000 ($130,200 adjusted for inflation, about the cost of a new 2016 Aston Martin Vantage today)
Price now: $105,000 - $215,000 
Approximate dollar difference: $85,000 (assuming No. 1 condition)
Annual rate of return:1.8%

1980 Aston Martin Volante. Silver blue metallic with dark blue top, light gray leather with blue piping, manual transmission, 28,000 miles, $68,000.

The AM V8 series was the first flagship car for Aston Martin after the David Brown era, and its robust 5.3-liter V-8 gave Aston Martin the grunt it really needed to be a serious contender in the Grand Touring market. While the V8 is overshadowed by its older brothers like the DB5, the market has been picking up noticeably in recent years. While a return on investment has been modest since 1989, it can’t be all that bad once you reach the open road and put the top down. Many of these Volantes were also equipped with automatics, so this car’s ZF-sourced five-speed also makes it a standout.

2 Reader Comments

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    Scott McGrath Boca Raton, FL January 30, 2016 at 12:10
    Came in 3rd in Road & Track's fastest cars issue just before I graduated High School, faster than a Countach or 911 Turbo. Phil Hill's review from that issue: “Well, the Aston Martin was really a tremendous surprise. To think of a car of this size and shape-not to say there’s anything wrong with the shape-but it’s such a big car and to imagine what it must take to go 175mph is almost unthinkable. It just has a tremendous feeling of power and quality. The whole thing feels like the absolute top of the line in English-type luxury, and at the same time to have it go this fast is really astounding. It just goes like stink and it feels like a real road pounder… The most astounding and rather alarming thing was to be in a great big production car like this with a speedometer that goes to 170mph and a rev counter that goes to 7,000rpm, and see both the speedometer and the tachometer needles slowly but surely crawl right off the dial…both dials…it was astonishing.” A truly epic automobile. (I *still* want one.)
  • 2
    John Reese Iowa November 28, 2016 at 21:20
    I loved that article. Phil Hill's description of that drive was marvelous.

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