|Aston Martin V8 |
Bonhams - 3 Dec 2012 Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia Weybridge, Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands
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|'We wanted a car that was a new form. Fresh, exciting, purposeful but unquestionably Aston Martin,' explained Aston Martin Chairman and Chief Executive Victor Gauntlett on the announcement of the Virage, while stressing: 'It was important that, although new in virtually every way, the Virage was of evolutionary, rather than revolutionary, design. It has to be a car that could stand in line with every post-war Aston Martin and be the self-evident successor to that tradition.'|
Launched at the International Motor Show, Birmingham, in October 1988, the sensational newcomer re-stated its Aston Martin V8 forerunner's brawny looks in the modern idiom, contriving to be slightly narrower yet providing increased interior space. The car was still no lightweight, but with 330bhp on tap courtesy of the trusty V8 engine's new 32-valve top end, was good enough for a top speed approaching 160mph and a 0-60mph time of under seven seconds.
After spearheading the Aston Martin V8's transformation for the 1990s, the Virage name was dropped during 1994, its place as the 'standard' model being taken by a Vantage-style V8 Coupé. Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1996, the new V8 Coupé adopted all of the Vantage's muscular styling cues but retained the normally aspirated, 5.3-litre engine of the Virage and delivered similar performance. The model formed part of the Aston Martin range for just three years and is one of the rarer members of the modern V8 family.
Finished in blue with dark blue-piped cream leather interior, this V8 Coupé was purchased by its late owner in April 2005 and since acquisition has been kept in a purpose-built heated garage. Started regularly, it has been used sparingly but not at all for the last six months. Maintained regardless of cost and presented in generally very good condition, 'P993 KEC' comes with an extensive history file containing bills and MoT certificates dating back to 2000 when the recorded mileage was 3,715 (currently 11,656). A very clean example, the car is offered with old-style logbook, MoT to August 2012 and Swansea V5. Some re-commissioning may be required before it returns to the road.
Sold on the 19.05.2012