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 6-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 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 – they were right.
The Virage on offer here has had just three owners since it was purchased from Aston Martin in Mayfair, London in left hand drive configuration. It is described to be in excellent condition throughout having covered a mere 35,000kms and been kept in dry storage for the past decade when not in use. A wonderful manual example presented in the quintessential colour scheme of metallic green with biscuit leather interior.