Rare Aston Martin Vantage Volante X-Pack Is One Of 78 In The World

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Estimates suggest it will sell for up to $422,989.

Fans of vintage Aston Martins may want to head to this year’s Silverstone Classic Sale, because a very rare V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack will be going under the hammer later this month, marking the first time an example has been offered for sale on the open market in 28 years. Only 166 V8 Vantage Volantes were built in the 1980s, and this particular 1987 example happens to be one of just 78 X-Pack variants that were fitted with a manual transmission and is one of the most sought-after Aston Martins from the 1980s.

“Rarity is always important when it comes to high-value classic cars,” said Simon Langsdale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “When you have a classic Aston Martin convertible which is one of only 166 made, it’s a special thing. Then when you add in the X-Pack upgrades, taking the rarity to one of only 78 ever built, you have a truly unmissable opportunity.” Built in right-hand drive in October 1986, this particular X-Pack was used by Aston Martin as a show car at the 1986 Earls Court Motor Show, as shown by the plaque on the center console. The car was first registered in 1987 and was kept by the factory before being sold on to the first of its three owners.

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Compared to the standard V8, the Vantage model features an aggressive body with upgrades including a bespoke hood, flared wheel arches, and extended front spoiler. Under the hood is a 5.4 liter V8 that produces 432 hp, enabling the X-Pack to sprint to 0-62 mph in less than six seconds before reaching a top speed of 160 mph, making it one of the world’s fastest convertibles for its time. In 2008, £9,000 ($11,896) was spent to refresh the paint, and today the car is presented in a lovely shade of Chichester Blue with a Magnolia interior with blue piping and Burr Walnut veneers. The car also recently received a major service along with a new clutch and has covered just under 32,000 miles.

Estimates suggest the car will sell for between £280,000 ($370,076) and £320,000 ($422,989). "This is a very desirable classic and a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire one of the most dramatically powerful, in your face, pieces of automotive sculpture that Aston Martin could produce," Langsdale added.

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