1966 Aston Martin Short-Chassis Volante - 1 of 37 built
1966 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante
One of only 37 short-chassis Volantes
The sixth car made
ZF five-speed gearbox
Known ownership history
Engine professionally rebuilt in 2014 and upgraded to 4.2 litres
Matching numbers block retained with the car
With so few produced, the original short-chassis Volante is now considered one of the most collectible of all Aston Martins.
One of those coveted 37 short-chassis Volantes built is the car you see here, a beautiful right-hand drive example that was completed in March 1966 and delivered to H W Motors. It is the sixth short-chassis car built, the numbering sequence being '2301' to '2337'. The accompanying copy guarantee form reveals that '2306/R' left the factory equipped with the desirable ZF five-speed gearbox, and was originally finished in Platinum with black interior trim and matching Everflex hood.
Chrome wheels, a Motorola radio, and a power-operated aerial are the only items of non-standard equipment listed. The Volante's first owner was 'Messrs Granville Restaurant' of Enfield, Middlesex and its original registration was '7 KC'.
The history file contains details of subsequent owners, commencing with Roland Duce Ltd of Market Overton, Rutland in 1979 (recorded as first owner by the DVLA). The next recorded owner was Godfrey Nelson Knowles of Ampfield, Kent (1985) followed by Mr A J Wilmot-Smith (1987).
In August 1987, the Volante was acquired by William Loughran's private collection, and while there was serviced and maintained in house. It had been converted to automatic transmission when acquired but has since been returned to original specification.
Sold to private collector William Hemmings in July 2002, the Aston was reacquired by William Loughran in April 2009. The car subsequently received a full engine rebuild (in 2014) and was converted to 4.2-litre specification (using a new cylinder block) and unleaded compatibility. The engine rebuild was undertaken by marque specialists Post Vintage and cost nearly £50,000. Related bills are on file together with others including those for an interior re-trim by Autotrim of Huddersfield in 1990. Also on file are numerous old MoTs dating back as far as 1987 showing that the car (previously registered 'PVV 1') has covered fewer than 1,000 miles in 30 years!
In 2014, William Loughran sold '2306/R' to a Mr Riley, who kept the Aston for only one year before selling it back to him. We were able to acquire the Aston Martin from Loughran in 2016, accompanied by the original engine block.