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BODY AND 1
Much love and money is lavished on early Astons, so the highest value examples must be absolutely impeccable to stand out. The body is handcrafted aluminium; the chassis and tubular frame are steel.
The standard, Marek-designed 4.0-litre straight-six develops 282bhp, whereas the lusty Vantage model has Weber carbs and a higher compression head, generating 325bhp. Thoughtful owners might have carried out an unleaded fuel conversion. Check for signs of oil or coolant leaks.
Gearboxes were a five-speed ZF manual or three-speed auto, with a limited-slip differential and live rear axle. The manual ‘box is considered best for press-on driving. Check the numbers match between drivetrain components and chassis.
TRIM AND 4
Convertible Volantes were offered from 1966, but only 140 were made. Check for water ingress. Interior rarities might include an original Aston Martin fire extinguisher.
Brakes are powerassisted Girling items, and steering was power assisted as standard or from 1969. Some models have HarveyBailey suspension upgrades. Check the spoked wheels are free from corrosion.