Lot 195 - 1994 Aston Martin Virage ‘Widebody’ Volante (6.3 litre)
|Odometer reading||10,815 miles|
|Estimate||£150,000 - £175,000|
|Result||Sold - £160,000|
Introduced at the October 1988 Birmingham Motor Show to almost universal acclaim, the Virage was the first new Aston Martin for eighteen years. A satisfying blend of muscularity and understatement, its sleek aluminium silhouette was the work of John Hefferman and Ken Greenley. Based around a modified version of its Lagonda sibling's sheet-steel platform chassis, the newcomer benefited from revised wishbone independent front suspension, a lightened de Dion rear axle, four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted rack and pinion steering. Suitably reworked by Callaway Engineering of Connecticut, USA (using 'four-valve' cylinder heads, hydraulic tappets and Weber electronic fuel injection), its 5340cc, 'quad-cam' V8 engine not only satisfied forthcoming emissions legislation but also developed some 330bhp and 350lbft of torque, allied to a choice of either four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions.
This Aston Martin was originally registered on 21st January, 1994 and is a one owner vehicle from new. Finished in Buckinghamshire Green with black interior piped in spruce, this Virage Volante has the 'widebody' upgrade and an engine upgrade to 6.3 litre. It is rare for a Virage to benefit from both of these factory enhancements, thus making this a very desirable example. The engine burst into life when requested and sounded incredible with an exhaust note one could never tire of. Our road test confirmed this to be an Aston Martin offering power, handling and style in abundance. A light touch on the accelerator is required as the 6.3 litre V8 engine never appears to be working hard. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 2nd October 2017, together with a history folder confirming the low mileage and the original bill of sale showing the final invoice price of £195,236. Manufactured in small numbers, the Virage is starting to attract the attention from investors this heavyweight deserves. Benefitting from the registration number 63 AM, this a highly desirable and collectable motor car.
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