Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, the Virage was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 Coupe in 1996.
This V8-powered car was intended as the company’s top model, with the 6-cylinder 1994 DB7 positioned below it. Although the DB7 was switched to a V12 engine and claimed a performance advantage, this V8 model remained the exclusive, expensive, and hand-built flagship of the Aston Martin range. By the end of the 2000 model year, 1,050 of all Virage related models had been produced.
“This Virage is the last vehicle of a series of nine V8 cars that were commissioned by an enthusiast in 1987 to celebrate 21 years of the Marek V8 cars, which came of age in 1990. They are all finished in the rich Hunter Green with Tan upholstery, burr walnut wood trim and dark green carpeting. All had registration numbers that were consecutive in the same Surrey C.C series. All except the Lagonda have manual gearboxes. In 1995 they passed into the caring hands of another enthusiast who built them a special garage with climate control. This owner, not having the time to exercise them all as he would wish, decided, with some reluctance, to sell them. Sadly, the collection was not sold as one, but broken up.” – Aston Martin Owners Club Register 2005.
Having covered less than 14,000 miles from new, this early manual example of the Virage presents extremely well. The car received a full service, new clutch, release bearing and slave cylinder in February 2016 at Aston Martin Hagley and comes with a current MOT and UK V5C. A wonderfully original Virage with incredibly low mileage and fantastic provenance; a unique opportunity for the serious collector.