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Cubby Broccoli's 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction

21 September, 2023

A 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante ordered new and owned by the father of Bond cinema, Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli, will be auctioned at RM Sotheby's on September 22, 2023.

 Cubby Broccoli 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction

The car was purchased after Broccoli had re-introduced Aston Martin cars to Bond in the 1987 film The Living Daylights.

The Aston Martin V8, chassis no. SCFCV81C2HTL15528, engine no. V/585/5528/LFA, retains its factory-correct colour scheme of Cannock Black over Natural leather, complemented by a Black soft-top.

 Cubby Broccoli 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction rear view

Powered by its matching-numbers 5.3-litre V-8 engine, mated to a three-speed Chrysler automatic gearbox this is a well-preserved example, having covered just 19,020 miles at the time of cataloguing.

Following a 15-year hiatus of Aston Martin cars from the James Bond franchise, the V8 Volante was selected to be featured in the 1987 film The Living Daylights. Broccoli was so enamoured by the V8 Volante used during filming that he placed an order direct with the Aston Martin factory so he could have one of his own.

 Cubby Broccoli 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction door open

Completed on 19 December 1986, Broccoli’s V8 Volante was exported to the United States via Aston Martin Lagonda of Beverly Hills, arriving at the dealership on 23 January 1987. Finished in the striking colour scheme of Cannock Black over Natural leather with a matching Black soft-top, he specified both a three-speed Chrysler automatic transmission and air conditioning. He used the car sparingly, having covered just under 6,000 miles by the time of his death in 1996.

 Cubby Broccoli 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction front

His family retained the car for two years before selling to a private collector in Georgia. This V8 Volante then travelled across various states before returning to California in the early 2000s. Of note was its presence at the launch of Galpin Motors’ Aston Martin dealership in 2005, which was attended by then Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

 Cubby Broccoli 1987 Aston Martin V8 Volante on auction interior

In 2011, the car was sold to a gentleman in North Carolina, who retained it for five years before selling it to the current owner, a prominent Aston Martin collector in the United Kingdom. In his care for the past seven years, Broccoli’s V8 Volante has been fitted with the period-correct BBS alloy wheels which are now shod with new Avon tyres, as per factory specifications.

The odometer reads just 19,020 miles at the time of cataloguing, and the car retains its matching-numbers V-8 engine.

Aston Martin DB5

In the same auction, a Goodwood Green Aston Martin DB5, Chassis No. DB5/1406/R, Engine No. 400/1390, once owned by the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan is also for sale.

1964 Aston Martin DB5 once owned by the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan

The DB5 was also offered as last year's 2022 Sotheby's Bond on Bond Street auction, but probably didn't sell then.

The Bond on Bond Street auction ends September 22nd, 2023.

Bidding and info on RM Sothebys website.

UPDATE: Cubby's Aston Martin V8 Volante seemed to have failed to sell (when asked, RM Sotheby's couldn't comment on the sale), but the DB5 sold for £495,300.


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