Lot 295 - 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

Lot 295 - 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

Lot 295 - 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

Lot Number 295
Registration L2 AML
Chassis Number SCFDAM2C2PBR60093
Engine Number 60093
Odometer reading 22,000 miles
Estimate £28,000 - £34,000
Result Sold - £31,350

The Virage was Aston Martin's replacement for the decades-old V8 models and introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988.  This V8-powered car was intended as the company's top model with the 6-cylinder 1994 DB7 slotted below it but this V8 model (by then in Vantage form) remained the exclusive, expensive and hand-built king of Astons. The Virage was a large, heavy car in spite of its all-aluminium body, but the 32-valve 5.3 litre V8 engines elevated its performance to near sports car levels. ""Acceleration just never seems to run out"", claimed Sports Car International on a first test. They also praised the ""eager and quicker revving"" nature of the engine with its Callaway-designed heads and Weber-Marelli fuel injection. ""Nothing sounds quite like an Aston V8,"" they concluded. The Virage Volante convertible debuted at the 1990 Birmingham Motor Show with production examples beginning in 1992 featuring 2+2 seating. Sources claim that between 224 and 233 examples had been produced when the series ended in 1996.

Chassis 60093 was first displayed at the London Motor Show in 1993 before being handed to the Aston Martin engineering department some months later for the development of the new V8 coupé engine. The V8 coupé engine is essentially a Vantage engine without superchargers and different pistons to lower the compression. A handful of Virage's were later fitted with this engine in 1996 prior to the LWB variant.

In June 1997, chassis 60093 was serviced by Aston Martin showing a mileage of 4,564. Having had a speedometer change, its first private owner bought the car with a recorded mileage of circa 3,599 miles (making a total of just over 8,000 miles in total) in January 1998. Despite having had two private owners since Aston Martin's ownership of the car, pleasingly it still retains its original factory AML registration. Valuable in its own right. The recorded mileage today is 18,028 (total circa 22,600 miles) with all MoT test certificates and service history on file along with documentation supporting its provenance.Presented in wonderful original condition and certainly in keeping with its very low mileage, just a few trips have been covered since its last MoT with an Aston Martin main dealer on the 31st October, 2011. This threw up no advisories and benefits from two new tyres and battery fitted at the same time. Only 233 Virage Volante's were manufactured and sold by Aston Martin and with the way later Aston Martin prices are creeping up, any Volante looks to be a sound future investment proposition. In particular, this one with its outstanding documented provenance. A wonderful opportunity for the serious investor or collector to acquire one of the last hand built cars made by Aston Martin.

Presented in wonderful original condition and certainly in keeping with its very low mileage, just a few trips have been covered since its last MoT with an Aston Martin main dealer on the 31st October, 2011. This threw up no advisories and benefits from two new tyres and battery fitted at the same time. Only 233 Virage Volante's were manufactured and sold by Aston Martin and with the way later Aston Martin prices are creeping up, any Volante looks to be a sound future investment proposition. In particular, this one with its outstanding documented provenance. A wonderful opportunity for the serious investor or collector to acquire one of the last hand built cars made by Aston Martin.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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