AM V8/V8 Volante 1972-1990

VANTAGE - - The Specialist 22gt Racing -

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TION En­gine 5340cc, V8 Power 310bhp @ 5500rpm Torque 360lb ft @ 3500rpm 0-60mph 5.7sec Top speed 155mph If the ’60s were As­ton’s golden era, the ’70s saw the glow fade with fre­quent fi­nan­cial crises. David Brown had sold up, so the big coupe be­came the AM V8, its con­vert­ible sib­ling the V8 Volante and the trou­ble­some fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem was dropped in favour of four We­ber car­bu­ret­tors. Early cars had around 310bhp, but emis­sions regs saw that fig­ure di­min­ish through the decade. The com­pany’s lack of cash meant the V8 would sol­dier on for al­most 20 years, in which time 4021 were built. Volante buy­ing guide, Van­tage is­sue 4.

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