Lot 166 - 1990 Aston Martin Virage

Lot 166 - 1990 Aston Martin Virage

Lot 166 - 1990 Aston Martin Virage

Lot Number 166
Registration H95 LUD
Chassis Number SCFCAM1S1LBR50055
Engine Number 89/50055/M
Odometer reading 45,000 miles
Result Sold - £23,772
  • Fresh from long term storage
  • Maintained by well renowned specialist Oselli Ltd for over 20 years
  • £6,000 recommission work carried out in June 2022

The Virage was Aston Martin's replacement for the decades old V8 models and was introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988. This V8 powered car was intended as the company's top model with their six-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 despite its all aluminium body but the 32 valve, 5.3 litre V8 engines elevated its performance to sportscar 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 accompanying history file for this handsome Aston shows not only 10 stamps in its service history book, but also a large number of invoices for work carried out over the years by the well renowned Aston Martin specialist Oselli Ltd. The car presents very well and whilst it has recently come out of long-term storage, it has benefitted from a recommissioning service by Oselli at a cost of £6,000. The car runs well, but it is recommended by the vendor that a new set of tyres be fitted, given the amount of time spent in storage. Commonly with Virage’s put into storage, the odometer can fail and this is the case with the car offered here. However, the accompanying paperwork shows that the car has covered no more than about 45,000 miles in its 32 year lifetime. Even allowing for the cost of a new set of tyres, this Virage offers incredible value for money and is a rare opportunity to acquire an honest example with great service history.

Supplied with a UK V5 registration document, service book with 10 stamps in it, owner’s handbook, file of receipts, first aid kit, (never used), full original toolkit, spare space saver wheel and a MoT test certificate valid until March 2023. With a new set of tyres fitted, this brute will be ready to storm the British roads once again.

Interested parties should note that contrary to the catalogue description, the toolkit supplied with this car is missing a couple of items.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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