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Formerly the Property of Greg NormanGreg Norman, North Palm Beach, Florida (acquired new from Palm Beach Motor Cars, July 1989)M.J. Hall, Petersburg, New Jersey (acquired from the above)Private Collection (acquired from the above circa 2011)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
After decades of perfecting straight-six-powered Grand Tourers, Aston Martin acknowledged customer demand for a more powerful GT starting with the DBS in 1967. The all-new eight-cylinder was delayed for nearly two years, but in 1969 the new DBS V8 featured the long-awaited Tadek Marek-designed 5.3-litre, making it the first eight-cylinder Aston Martin production car.
In 1972, the DBS V8 name was dropped for simply “V8” and the straight-six DBS model was discontinued. This new nomenclature also denoted significant visual and mechanical updates, notably a change to a two-headlight in-grille fascia and a larger and more prominently shaped iconic Aston grille. A Volante – or convertible version – was made available in 1978 with a power-operated and fully lined soft top. The subsequent success of the Volante meant the coupe model was built only to order by 1981. Production would continue with updates and advancements through the 1989 model year.
According to a copy of its original factory record, this 1989 V8 Vantage Volante was completed at Aston Martin’s factory on May 5, 1989. One of only 58 produced in US Vantage specification, it is visually distinguished from the standard Volante by its wider fender flares, front air dam, sill plates, and a kicked-up trunk lid. Transported to Palm Beach Motor Cars in West Palm Beach, Florida, it was delivered to its first owner, motoring enthusiast and golf legend Greg Norman, on July 25, 1989, as documented in a copy of the original purchaser’s paperwork.
Registering 7,890 miles at the time of cataloguing, the condition of the car today speaks for itself. The factory-applied Cannock Black paint and black Everflex top are in exceptional condition. Inside, the Parchment leather-upholstered cabin, with contrasting black piping and carpets, is in comparable condition showing very minimal wear. Under the hood, the matching-numbers 5.3-litre V8 lies in a beautifully detailed compartment, and mechanically the car benefits from thorough service by a specialist within the past year. In keeping with the excellent overall presentation, the car’s original owner’s handbooks, tool kit, leather convertible boot, extra keys, and spare tire will accompany the sale.
With time capsule-like preservation and previous ownership by one of the brightest names in golf, very few of these final – and most refined – versions of the model were produced, and seldom are they offered for sale. Presented here is a very special Aston Martin, certainly among the finest examples extant.