The May Sale 2018

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1990 Aston Martin Virage Auto Coupe

Lot No.: 561

Registration: H128 VKS
Chassis Number: SCFCAM1S4LBR50065
Engine Number: 8950065A
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 5340
Year of Manufacture: 1990
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 31,500
  • Tasteful colour combination of Buckinghamshire Green with a Magnolia interior
  • Recent extensive expenditure. Now presents beautifully mechanically and cosmetically 
  • Supplied with a fresh MOT, V5, tax discs, and invoices for works/maintenance completed
  • Complete repaint and wheels refurbished
  • Six previous owners and 52,000 warranted miles
  • Beautifully prepared and ready for its next lucky custodian to enjoy

The Virage was a large, heavy car in spite of its all-aluminium body, but with a reworked version of Tadek Marek's legendary quad-cam 5.3-litre V8, now with a 32-valve head designed by Callaway Engineering of Connecticut, hydraulic tappets and Weber-Marelli fuel injection, it produced 364 lb·ft torque and 330bhp, which was enough to elevate its performance to near supercar levels. The five-speed ZF manual was only fitted to about 40% of Virage, with the car’s driving attributes lending themselves more to the popular automatic option of Chrysler's three-speed Torqueflite transmission.

"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 and were generally mightily impressed with the whole package: "The new car outperforms the old in every respect. It's quicker, sharper handling, more refined and has an astonishingly good ride. It's better made, too. The factory's craftsmanship is legendary, but now it is allied to 1990s standards of quality and reliability’’. Costing £135,000 at launch, by the end of the 2000 model year, just 1,050 Virage related models were produced in total, quite a low production number when compared to some of its predecessors.

The car presented here is a 1990 Virage Automatic offered from a small private collection and looks fabulous finished in the tasteful and classic colour combination of Buckinghamshire Green with contrasting green-piped Magnolia leather and dark green carpets. During its later years it has been maintained by classic specialists, 'Classic and Iconic' ensuring it has been maintained to the best of health and in “A1 condition” in the words of our vendor. At significant cost, he has recently commissioned a complete repaint of the exterior, new carpets, all wheels refurbished, new correct spec Avon Turbo-Speed tyres, a new air conditioning compressor, brakes and sundry engine works. Additionally, a mileage-appropriate, service was completed in July 2017 and the car has covered very few miles since. The MOT is valid until March 2019.

Now with some 52,000 miles on the clock, and said to drive as beautifully as it looks, this handsome Virage is attractively guided and offers really affordable ownership of a classic and distinguished nineties British muscle car.