Aston Martin Virage
The replacement for Aston Martin’s long-running V8 models and the Vantage V8 in particular was introduced in 1988 at the Birmingham Motor Show. Named Virage, its hand-formed aluminum body was more graceful and less angular than its predecessors and remarkably modern, low and clean in its execution. As always, the finest materials were used, from Connolly leather to Wilton wool carpeting and rich wood trim. The car was more than a powerful gentleman’s express, however. The 330-horsepower 5.3-liter engine was now equipped with Weber-Marelli fuel injection and a new head featuring four valves per cylinder engineered by performance specialists Callaway in Connecticut, well-known for their tire-shredding, twin-turbocharged Corvettes.
The first Virages arrived in the United States in the summer of 1990, joined by the cabriolet Volante version two years later and a Vantage edition shortly thereafter. Its quarter-million dollar price tag and low production numbers, however, placed it solidly out of reach of the average sports car buyer and more firmly as a solid alternative to the contemporary Bentley Turbo R. While about 400 Virages were built in all, only about 54 ever made their way stateside.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
330 bhp, 5,340 cc dual overhead camshaft, 32-valve V8 engine, automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102.8"
Source: RM Auctions
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