1991 Aston Martin Virage

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1991 Aston Martin Virage

Seller:  Runnymede Motor Company

Odometer: 43,000

Engine: 32 valve 5.3 Liter V8

Phone:

+44 (0)1753 644599
+44 (0) 7836 222111

Location: United Kingdom

Price $61,913 US Dollars

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The Aston Martin Virage has had same owner for the last 12 years.    The Virage was built between 1989 -1995  and the total production was only 365 unit.    You wont see this car everyday.    Many parts were sourced from other cars.  For example,  GM , Jaguar, and Ford provided the steering column , climate control panel, and dash switches.    Ford acquired Aston Martin and Jaguar just before the Virage was launched. I was always disappointed to find out parts were sourced from a cheaper inferior car.   Its one thing to be informed but to spot the part from a less desired car is depressing.

The Virage  was considered a heavy car even though it was all aluminum body.   It could reach a top speed of 158 mph.   Shockingly, the 5 speed ZF manual transmission was fitted to only 40% of the cars.   The more popular option was to order the automatic transmission with a Chrysler 3 speed Torqueflite transmission.    In 1993, the 3 speed was upgraded to a 4 speed automatic.    Later a 6 speed manual transmission was offered late in the production run.  The 6 speeds are the ones to own.

To this day, I cant stand the way Aston Martin names their model line up.   Its so confusing.

Aston Martin had the Virage and its high performance counterpart is the Vantage in 1993.    The Vantage was later referred to only has the V8 Coupe starting in 1996.    They always considered the V8 the flagship model and the 6 cylinder the lower entry model.    The 1994 DB7 which was a 6 cylinder model had a V12 engine dropped into it but it was still considered the lesser model to the exclusive, hand built flagship V8 models.    In 2000, the 12 cylinder Vanquish debuted and was considered the new flagship model.   The Virage name was brought back for 2011 to be a middle model for the new line up.

 

Do you think this is a future collectible?

Would you want a Ford influenced Aston Martin?

 

Fun Fact: The headlights on the Virage were taken from the Audi 200 and the Volkswagen Scirocco.

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Seller Description:

First registered late in 1991 this Aston Martin Virage Coupe has been in the same careful ownership for the past 12 years, during which time it has only been used on dry days and for special occasions. Finished in Aston Green with contrasting tan hide interior with Walnut dash and door cappings and Wilton carpet throughout. At the time of build, the car was given an excellent specification which includes automatic transmission, Metallic finish coachwork, air conditioning, 16″ alloy wheels with speed rated tyres, superior quality Hifi system with 6 stack CD player, electric heated seats and electric mirrors. This low mileage example comes with a comprehensive service history and an original book pack and the condition is a compliment to its previous owners. The Virage is the last truly hand built Aston Martin to emerge from the Newport Pagnell factory and as such has now become very collectable. Today it remains as a model still within the reach of many but the market predicts that these cars may well double in value over the next 10 years. Very realistically priced for one in this condition at £49,950.

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