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Lot 461: 1996 Aston Martin Virage Volante

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

With less than three years between conception and display, the Virage was truly a miracle result for Aston Martin Lagonda. In 1986 AML had a two door Lagonda development car on the road and had also announced a design competition between five British design studios. The winners, stylists Ken Greenley and John Heffernan, created a large, modern and entirely modern GT but with an evolutionary link straight back to the DB4. Reeves Callaway in America reworked the 5.3 litre V8 engine with four valves per cylinder, Weber fuel injection, compatibility with world-wide exhaust emission regulations and an output of 330bhp.Shown at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show in Coupe form, with first deliveries in 1990, the sensational new Virage restated its forerunner's muscular looks in the modern idiom, slightly narrower but with increased interior space. A top speed approaching 160mph was possible, while from rest to 60 and 100mph took just 6.5 and 16sec respectively. The Virage has a look of menace, even when stationery, and when introduced it set new standards of speed and comfort. One will not find another car of this capability with such bespoke luxury.In 1990 the Virage Volante was announced with first deliveries in 1992/3. Recapturing the spirit of grand touring in the best European traditions, the example offered is a very elegant motor car with a fully-lined hood incorporating heated glass rear window, and an interior fitted with the finest hand-picked Connolly hide giving a warm aroma of English leather, deep Wilton carpets and fine wood finish. Manufactured in 1996 this car is the 198th out of a total of 202 made and was the last standard bodied right-hand drive Volante to leave the factory. The current and third owner from new purchased this Aston Martin in October 2001 and it is supplied with full service history and all MoT test certificates. Finished in Litchfield black with a black mohair hood and light grey interior, this fine motor car is described as being in excellent condition in every respect.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number461
Estimate£32000-£38000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£35000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1996
Condition rating
Registration numberN504 JNG
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFDAM2C45BR60198
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
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