When this is published, the 2021 Academy Awards will be but a passing memory of a bunch of films that few people actually saw. Since I love movies, I thought the Pick of the Day should be one that a star from the golden age of Hollywood once owned: a 1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante.
The golden-age star who acquired this Aston when new was none other than actor, crooner and TV host Dean Martin. While Aston Martins were driven in films by James Bond, this one was owned by the actor who played another fictional spy, Matt Helm.
When new, the Aston V8 Volante was one of the most expensive cars you could buy, more than most Ferraris. Volante was the name used by Aston Martin for its convertible models, starting in 1965.
The car then changed hands in the early 1990s from Dino to its second and final owner, according to the Huntington Station, New York, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. Since then, he had the car meticulously maintained by the best Aston Martin shops in the US, and he has the service records for verification.
In 2003, this Volante was restored by R.S. Williams, LTD in the UK, at which time the original engine was uprated to 7.0-liter specification, giving this stately GT a whopping 500 horsepower. The car has continued to be serviced on schedule, the seller says, and has covered only 68,000 miles from new.
The Aston is finished in BMW Lapis Blue with a blue leather interior, blue Wilton Wool carpeting and blue convertible top. This fine automobile retains its original owner’s manual, tool kit, jack and spare wheel, service records and factory build sheet.
This Aston Martin has to be among the ultimate pieces of Hollywood memorabilia, especially for fans of the original Rat Pack. Dino looks to have had impeccable taste in cars, and how fun would it be to own one that he drove.
This wonderful piece of automotive and Hollywood history does not have a price listed, and who knows what the celebrity bump would be on this already pricey number?
Personally, I look at the stunning and oh-so-stylish Aston Martin and think to myself, “That’s Amore.”
To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.