(1 OF ONLY 3 CARS) This car was ordered new in May 1993 by the late owner, who had visited the Newport Pagnell factory to finalise its specification. Aston Martin Sales Limited's there is a letter on file records the specification as follows: black hide interior with matching piping, grey Alcatara headlining, black mohair hood, grey carpets edged in matching hide, driver's side air bag, front seat headrest pads, fog lights in spoiler, and a boot lid spoiler. The original purchase price was Â£147,862.
Some two years later, the owner revisited Newport Pagnell to discuss upgrading the Virage to 6.3 litre specification. In a letter on file, Aston Martin Lagonda Limited confirm the following works to be carried out in combination with the capacity increase: installing a large bore exhaust, revising the front and rear suspension, installing an up-rated braking system, fitting 18" road wheels and tyres, flaring the wheel arches, installing traction control, and modifying the automatic gearbox and its cooling system. In addition, the Virage was to receive the distinctive Vantage front and rear body panels, front spoiler and bonnet, etc. Dated June 1995 (at 3,800 miles), the related bill is for Â£111,000.
The car comes with its original service booklet, which has been stamped by Aston Martin Works Service nine times up to 2001 (at 7,818 miles). Subsequent stamps record servicing by Trinity Engineering, AM Works, Harwoods and, finally, Chicane Classics in July 2012 (at 22,363 miles). The current odometer reading is circa 26,000 miles. It may have been serviced again in 2016 (to be confirmed) as the car since has been in storage and has had some more restoration work done of late...with more money spent on the car.
We believe this car represents an opportunity for the Aston Martin collector to acquire a rare (believed to be one of three in this specification), high-performance variant of an already exclusive model, benefiting from fastidious, single-owner stewardship from new.