Apart from the lack of a fixed roof, the major external change from the coupe was a new dummy radiator grill and pivoted ‘eyelids’ to cover the head lamps when they are not in use. Extra strengthening added 35kg in weight and together with the efi engine with at least 100 less brake horse power, performance only slightly ahead of the V8 Volante, with a claimed top speed of 160mph and 0 to 60 mph in 6.0 seconds.
The car above, finished in Porsche White with contrasting grey interior and matching hood, was on sale at the Bonhams/Brooks sale at AML Works Service in May 2001. It is chassis number 10, the first car delivered to a private customer and is unusual in having the 5 speed manual gearbox – most other examples were automatic.
This unusual Volante Zagato (above) features the cleaner front grille and light arrangements of the coupe. Possibly two cars were built in this way, one was later converted to Vantage specification which probably makes this car unique. It was photographed at the 1999 AMOC Le Mans 40th anniversary meeting at Donnington Park.
Although initially AML intended to build just 25 Volante Zagatos, by the time that production ended in 1989, 37 production cars had been completed. Although most stayed true to the original V585 specification, some were later converted to Vantage specification or 6.3 litre spec by the Customer Services Division (now called Aston Martin Works) and others were uprated to 7.0 litre by RS Williams.