The Aston Martin V8 first appeared back in 1970 with the advent of the DBS V8 and such was the success of the car that a convertible version was always considered. Aston Martin’s concerns over building such a fast powerful convertible car were eventually overcome and the long awaited V8 Volante first appeared in June 1978. The first series cars had basically the same specification as the ‘Oscar India’ saloons which appeared later that year. Some 600 of these series 1 Volantes were built, with the Vantage engine being introduced in November 1986. This car was converted to Vantage specification by the factory in March 1986 to become the first V8 Vantage Volante to be seen on UK roads! Registered in August 1982 by Aston Martin Sales to Mr Les Holland of Bromham Bedfordshire, the car was originally Windsor Red with Magnolia Hide. This was Mr Holland’s first Aston Martin and he took great pleasure in ordering it the way he wanted as some interesting correspondence between himself and Kingsley Riding Felce shows. He was even allowed to view the car with his son Nicholas as it was being built in the factory! It soon became clear that he was going to be an enthusiast because when it was an
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