Lot 151 - 1990 Aston Martin Virage
|Odometer reading||95,002 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,800|
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.
Originally supplied on 1st March 1990 to Mr. Rowan Atkinson, this Aston Martin Virage has been owned by the current vendor since May 2010, however the car has been used very little of late and has been professionally stored throughout his stewardship. This is the eleventh Virage to be manufactured and is one of only circa 50 examples fitted with a manual gearbox. A superb history folder accompanies G511 VUU with substantial work having been carried out by Bastion/Trinity Engineering in Cobham. Finished in Cumberland grey with Stone interior, this Aston Martin is supplied with a current V5C registration document and we are advised the vendor will put her in for an MoT test prior to the auction. With Aston Martin Virage's having been produced in surprisingly low numbers this could well prove to be a sound investment.
INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD NOTE THAT THE RESERVE ON THIS CAR HAS BEEN REDUCED. THE NEW ESTIMATE IS £18,000-£25,000.
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.