Lot 246 - 1997 Aston Martin V8 Coupé
|Odometer reading||35,700 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £40,320|
Launched at the International Motor Show, Birmingham in October 1988, the sensational newcomer re-stated its Aston Martin V8 forerunner's brawny looks in the modern idiom, contriving to be slightly narrower yet providing increased interior space. The car was still no lightweight but with 330bhp on tap courtesy of the trusty V8 engine's new 32-valve top end, was good enough for a top speed approaching 160mph and a 0-60mph time of under seven seconds.
After spearheading the Aston Martin V8's transformation for the 1990s, the Virage name was dropped during 1994, its place as the 'standard' model being taken by a Vantage-style V8 Coupé. Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1996, the new V8 Coupé adopted all of the Vantage's muscular styling cues but retained the normally aspirated, 5.3-litre engine of the Virage and delivered similar performance. The model formed part of the Aston Martin range for just three years and is one of the rarer members of the modern V8 family.
One of the last of the fabulous, hand-built V8 Coupe's to be made; this outstanding example is everything you would expect from the 'quintessentially British' motoring legend that is Aston Martin. This 1997 V8 Coupé was first registered AM V8 and was used as the Aston Martin factory press and test car before being sold into private hands later that year and registered with the current registration number. The car is finished in Rolls-Royce Royal Blue with parchment leather seats piped in dark blue, blue carpets edged in dark blue and parchment headlining. With only 35,000 miles on the odometer, it comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2015, the original owners guide and old Mot test certificates. This is a very good example of a modern classic that will become a much sort after model due to its rarity.