These cars are not counted within the 27 true PoW cars – and it has been explained to me like this. The V8 Vantage Volantes chassis numbers usually start with V8V….., and true PoW cars start with V8C….. So, you could say that PoW cars started out as V8 Volantes and then had the performance upgrades added during production. Whereas, the flip-tail cars started out as V8 Vantage Volantes but had many of the overt styling features of the car deleted during production. Well that’s how I understand it anyway.
These ‘flip-tail’ Vantage Volantes are also sometimes referred to as the ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ cars. The first two of three cars were built for the McCaig brothers; their Ecurie Ecosse Racing Team was a feature of the Aston Martin AMR1 Group C sportscar in 1989.
This ex-McCaig ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ Vantage Volante POW initially featured a blanked off grille, although this has recently been replaced with a black mesh type (one picture above was taken outside the AML factory offices in Newport Pagnell)
Another flip-tail POW cars, with contrasting stainless steel mess grille, photographed in 1999 at the Coys Historic Festival, Silverstone. The car is finished in Brunswick Green with green leather upholstery piped in red.