Chassis No: DBVC-2318-R
One of Only 37 Cars Ever Produced
Matching Numbers: Concours Restored
Short-Chassis Volante is the rarest of all DB model convertibles as only 37 in total were ever built it is often mentioned in Aston Martin texts and enthusiast’s guides as one of the most interesting and collectable of all the Aston Martin DB Series. It is also the first ever Aston Martin to wear the now world famous “Volante” moniker that has been used on every convertible Aston Martin since.
The image of this quintessential British GT car is exemplified most aptly with the legendary Aston Martin DB series of sports cars, especially in glamorous open-air convertible form. As production of the new Aston Martin DB6 was heralded by the display at the London Motor Show in October 1965, an initial batch of 37 convertible models was initiated on the last remaining shorter chassis of the outgoing DB5. These were christened simply ‘Volante’ by factory man Kent Monk, meaning literally “flying” and marking the first such Aston to carry this nomenclature.
Although they were built and marketed alongside the contemporary DB6s and embodied all the DB6 refinements, progressing from the DB5; the Volante was in fact destined to be an ‘interim’ model that was built on a left over DB5 chassis. As a result, it is the lowest-production convertible Aston, and it remains one of the rarest and most coveted of all Aston Martin road cars today.
Our stunning car left the factory on the 25th March 1966 and was delivered new to L. Bernstein of 1A Belgrave Square, London.
This ultra-rare Short Chassis Volante was commissioned to a complete 100-point body off & mechanical restoration by Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell and completed in 2011. Since then, the car remained in storage and was showcased at Pebble Beach in 2016.
Available for sale at Sports Classics London.