Coys Auction - The Spirit of Motor Cars
Berkshire SL5 7JX
Saturday 4th October 2008
Motor Cars at 15:00
The Virage was Aston Martin''''s replacement for its long-running V8 models. Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, it was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to V8 in 1996. This new V8-powered car was intended as the company''''s top model, with the six cylinder 1994 DB7 slotted below it. Although the DB7 switched to a V12 engine and claimed the performance crown, this V8 model remained the exclusive, expensive, and hand-built king of Aston Martins. It was replaced in 2000 with the Vanquish, while the V8 Vantage name reappeared on a new entry level model in 2005. By the end of the 2000 model year, 1,050 of all Virage related models had been produced.
The design was fresh and modern, looking more like a Lagonda than the V8 Vanta