Under the direction and guidance of Works Service director Kingsley Riding-Felce, the Special Projects Team had become synonymous with the development and building of many significant coachbuilt Aston Martin and Lagonda models for discerning owners around the world. A great deal of research was carried out and the business decision made to manufacture one Long wheelbase Vantage Volante and later eight Short Wheelbase V8 Vantage Volante’s.
Like many Aston Martins, the car is unique, and I would guess that this particular car is perhaps the heaviest AM ever built. It is part of a private collection and I was very fortunate to be able to photograph it during the AMOC Windsor Event in April 2005, the first and only time the car has been seen in public. The 550bhp version of the supercharged V8 engine is fitted, together with automatic transmission. The coachwork is Islay Blue with interior in ivory piped blue and features the seldom seen burr maple facia.