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 engine elevated it’s 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.
This beautiful car was purchased 22 years ago from Graypauls as, “one of the most exclusive and luxurious convertibles available anywhere in the World” as Bob Denver, then Chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda said when the car was brand new.
All stamps are present from regular services at Aston Martin approved dealerships, with the last service carried out 700 miles ago. The current vendor kept the car in a dehumidified garage when not in use. With matching fitting trunks in the boot for weekend getaways it is offered with the full original tool set, a large file of documentation, the original handbook, the workshop manual and two sets of keys, the car is ready to carry on touring.
This is quite simply one of the most beautifully maintained and presented Aston Martin grand tourers we have been able to present for sale, with the added benefit of coming from immpecable ownership.