AM V8/V8 Volante 1972-1990
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.