Lot 319 - 1991 Aston Martin Virage
|Odometer reading||67,758 km|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £55,000|
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 six-cylinder 1994 DB7 slotted below it but this V8 model 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.
And they were right. Every owner can claim the soundtrack to be one of the most intoxicating around. This automatic, righthand drive variant was first delivered to Japan in its factory colours of British Racing Green with a contrasting red leather interior. The carpeting is also red with a mushroom alcantara headlining. It has travelled little over the recent years but recently benefited from a fresh MoT test certificate (with no advisories) and a full and comprehensive service by Aston Martin specialists, Runnymede Aston Martin. Presented in excellent condition throughout, it is easy to forget how rare the Virage is with only 1,050 produced and their values now are, very much, in the ascendancy.