To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 6 - 7 March 2020. Estimate: $100,000 - $125,000
Ordered new by Georges Marciano, founder of Guess Jeans
One of only 20 Virage Volantes sold directly to North America
Finished in attractive Suffolk Red over Parchment
Two owners since new; presents extremely well throughout
When the first Virage Volante rolled off the line at Newport Pagnell in 1992, Aston Martin had just announced the option of a 6.3-liter conversion—available to owners of both the coupes and the convertible Volantes. The new Virage Volantes would go directly across the road to Works Service, where much of the bodywork was immediately replaced.
Many of these Virage Volantes received the upgraded bodywork but retained the original 5.3-liter engine. They are often referred to as “wide body” Volantes due to the enlarged wheel arches, such as the example offered here. Other changes to the bodywork included an enlarged front air dam and a mostly aesthetic bolt-on rear spoiler.
First ordered by Guess Jeans founder Georges Marciano, this Virage Volante was delivered through Rolls-Royce of Beverly Hills. Ordered in red with a white top, the Volante remains in its original colors of Suffolk Red over Parchment leather with Burgundy piping and a Cream Everflex convertible top. Throughout Mr. Marciano’s ownership, invoices show minor work performed by the authorized dealership in keeping with a rarely used vehicle, including a battery replacement in October 1996.
The current owner purchased the Virage in June 1997, and a statement dating from that time notes the recorded mileage at just 1,280 miles. In 2009 the Virage Volante moved with the owner from Georgia to Florida, and in 12 years the car had done just over 2,000 miles—a testament to how carefully it was maintained. The following decade saw the Virage Volante lovingly preserved, and it now presents in original condition with the odometer reading 4,700 miles.
Offered with original service invoices and a clean CARFAX report, this “wide body” Virage Volante is made even rarer by its North American provenance and original condition.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am20.