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1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante

Lot No.: 362

Registration: L2 AML
Chassis Number: SCFDAM2C2PBR60093
Engine Number: 60093/A
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 5300
Year of Manufacture: 1994
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold

The Volante (convertible) had been the big seller of the previous generation of AM V8s, so the only surprise was that it took Aston Martin more than two years from the Virage Coupé's introduction to come up with a soft-top sister. The production Virage Volante debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991, a prototype having been displayed at Birmingham's NEC the previous October. Weighing in at over two tons, the open Volante was even heavier than the closed coupé, itself no lightweight, this increase in weight being accounted for by considerable body strengthening to compensate for the absent roof, plus the extra complication of the power-operated convertible hood. Electrically powered, the latter was beautifully made and incorporated a glass rear window, complete with heated de-misting elements. Mechanically the Volante remained much the same as its closed cousin, though with a slightly lower final drive attempting to disguise its burgeoning avoirdupois. Top speed was slightly reduced to a, still outstanding, 150mph. Automatic transmission was standard on the Volante, the original three-speeder being superseded in 1993 by a new four-speed dual-mode (normal/sport) unit. The five-speed manual 'box continued to be available as an option. 

This fabulous Virage Volante has a fascinating history. It graced the stand at the 1993 Earls Court Motor Show and remained with Aston Works until 1997 although it was registered in 1994. During this period, it appears to have functioned as a sort of prototype (those of us who own pre-DB7 Astons will know that most of their cars were sort of prototypes) and was subject to a host of upgrades, including the fitting of the later 1996 V8 Coupé engine (carbon engine cover.350hp). It was fitted with the larger 17" wheels, updated dash binnacle, ABS, Airbag Steering wheel, new 4-speed automatic transmission, and many other upgrades, all of which were carefully documented. The speedometer was changed by Aston Martin Works at an estimated 4.500 miles, and the new one is now showing 21,050. Purchased by Stratton Motor Company in 1997 directly from Aston and sold in 1998 to a private individual who retained the Virage until 2007 when Stratton sold the car again. The current owner has enjoyed the car since 2012 so that makes three private owners since 1998.

Today this Virage presents superbly in Lagonda Red with a Parchment interior piped in Red. We understand the coachwork is very good and the paintwork superb, the engine has been recently serviced and the transmission and gearbox function perfectly. The electrical systems are behaving themselves and the car sits appropriately on a set of period correct Avon Turbospeeds. There is a good History File revealing details of the years the Virage spent 'at home' and the usual invoices, MOTs etc with a Virage Technical Guide and a spare set of keys. A lovely car with a really interesting story which, in our opinion, makes it all the more desirable. 'L2 AML' is proudly displayed on the original Works numbers plates which accompany the car.

To quote 'Fast Lane Magazine' in period; “Beautiful hand-built craftsmanship abounds in this most aristocratic of convertibles”.