Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin

Aston Martin Virage Volante

To full 6.3 Specification
£69,950

  • Chassis No: SCFDAM1C9NBR60025
  • Engine No: 93/60025/A
  • Coachwork: Chichester Blue Metallic
  • Trim: Magnolia with Blue
  • Odometer: 219 Miles (not warranted)
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Following three years of intense development, Aston Martin choose to unveil their new car for the nineties and beyond, at the International Motor Show in England on the 18th of October 1988. Called the Virage it was one of the sensations of the show attracting enormous public and media attention. The engine, based on the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek with its racing pedigree, was heavily revised with entirely new cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (last used by Aston Martin in 1921-2) for better breathing and to overcome power losses inevitable with the use of catalytic converters. This is so the engine can run on unleaded fuel anywhere; in effect it is a "worldwide" engine compatible for all markets. Development of the new four valve heads was undertaken by the renowned experts, Callaway Engineering of Connecticut, UnitedStates.

The chassis was designed in conjunction with the Cranfield Institute of Technology (one of the leaders in aerospace technology). It is torsionally stiffer, lighter and less complex that that of its predecessor, the V8. The body, in true Aston Martin tradition is aluminium, hand beaten by skilled craftsmen to a design by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley. "From the outset we felt that the car should be an evolutionary successor to the DB4, 5, 6 and V8," said Heffernan. The front spoiler incorporates an aerodynamically shaped under tray, while the rear features a boot lip spoiler, each combining to produce zero lift. Glazing is flush throughout.

A Virage Volante was first displayed at the 1990 International Motor Show, with a 2+2 following in 1992. In 1993 the car was further improved when the four speed version of the Torqueflite automatic gearbox was introduced with variable sport or comfort settings.

In the mid nineties the factories service department, Works Service, offered an up grade to 6.3. The following are selective quotes from the press release issued by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

Kingsley Riding-Felce, Service Division Director, said every effort had been made throughout not to lose the the standard Virage's flexibility and practicality. "We did not wish to end up with a massively-powerful and unsocial car which would be unsuitable for anything but motorways," he said. "With the 6.3 we have achieved our objective of a high-performance and yet still classic sports car which is eminently suitable for everyday use and a great pleasure to drive. Its handling and road holding are also of the highest order, yet here too the driver's and passenger's comfort has been important".

Suspension modifications include different spring and shock absorber ratings and revised roll bars and wishbone mountings, and 285 / 45 ZR Goodyear Eagle tyres are on special 18in alloy wheels. Bodywork changes include flared wheel arches and revised front spoiler, with a boot-lid spoiler option. The vented and drilled disc brakes are the largest fitted to a production car, and the calipers are Group C racing developed.

Supplied new to the first overseas owner & renowned collector, this car was returned to the UK some three years ago, re - registered and carefully stored by our client since. Finished in arguably one the most popular yet understated colour scheme, this drophead must be the finest example available today having covered, we understand, less than 250miles from new. Representing one of the last true hand built Newport Pagnell Volante's, this stunnig car is only for sale today due to the reduction in numbers of an outstanding collection of motor cars.

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