Chassis Number: SCFDAM1C9NBR 60008
Engine Number: 89/60008/A
UK Registration Number: J 869 MJK
Date of first reg: 15th June 1992
Exterior colour: Rolls Royce Royal Ming Blue
Hood: Black Mohair
Interior colour: Black Leather
Current Odometer reading: 24,250
Options: CD System, Alarm, Immobiliser
Following three years of intense development, Aston Martin choose to unveil their new car for the nineties and beyond, at the International Motor Show in England on the 18th of October 1988. Called the Virage it was one of the sensations of the show attracting enormous public and media attention. The engine, based on the well tried and tested all alloy V8 designed by Tadek Marek with its racing pedigree, was heavily revised with entirely new cylinder heads with four valves per cylinder (last used by Aston Martin in 1921-2) for better breathing and to overcome power losses inevitable with the use of catalytic converters. This is so the engine can run on unleaded fuel anywhere, in effect it is a “worldwide” engine compatible for all markets. Development of the new four valve heads was undertaken by the renowned experts, Callaway Engineering of Connecticut, United States.
The chassis was designed in conjunction with the Cranfield Institute of Technology (one of the leaders in aerospace technology). It is torsionally stiffer, lighter and less complex that that of its predecessor, the V8. The body, in true Aston Martin tradition is aluminium, hand beaten by skilled craftsmen to a design by John Heffernan and Ken Greenley. “From the outset we felt that the car should be an evolutionary successor to the DB4, 5, 6 and V8,” said Heffernan. The front spoiler incorporates an aerodynamically shaped under tray, while the rear features a boot lip spoiler, each combining to produce zero lift. Glazing is flush throughout.
A Virage Volante was first displayed at the 1990 International Motor Show, with a 2+2 following in 1992. In 1993 the car was further improved when the four speed version of the Torqueflite automatic gearbox was introduced with variable sport or comfort settings.
The market for Virage Volantes continues to strengthen and with its low mileage, good ownership history and fine colour combination, this car represents hand built Aston excellence at a value for money price against its older siblings.<
Originally supplied through Aston Martin main dealer, Reg Vardy, and when Byron International first came across the car, the registration document recorded two keepers, however, it has only had one user through two corporate owners – effectively a one owner car at that time.
The car had been maintained by Aston Martin dealers, Ian Mason and Lancaster Reading however, as one of a number of cars available to the owner, it had only covered a low mileage and regular servicing was replaced by maintenance according to use.
It should be noted that the vehicle’s instruments were changed in 1994 and the recorded mileage on the odometer should read approximately 4,000 miles higher, but this still makes this a very low mileage car. This change of instruments is doubly important as the original, fragile electronic system was replaced by the later, analogue system fitted to the V8 Coupe. This was both an expensive and very desirable up grade.
At that time, in 2010, the car had been in long term storage and required re-commissioning. It was purchased by an Aston enthusiast owner and was subject to a gentle programme of refurbishment but circumstances changed and the owner asked Byron International to market the car at a value for money price to ensure that the next owner had the scope to maintain the improvement of the car.
The new owner – the current one – carried on that programme of improvement, developing the appearance of the car but also investing in the continued maintenance of the engine.
This means that the car is offered to the market in exceptional condition with a low mileage and a clear recorded history. One of Aston Martins last great hand built Volantes.
08.07.92- Mileage: 00,939- Service Agent: Ian Mason
1,500 mile service
16.06.93- Mileage: 03,533- Service Agent: Ian Mason
6,000 mile service
10.05.95- Mileage: 01,817- Service Agent: Ian Mason
12,000 mile service – NB instrument pack changed 1994
18.11.96- Mileage: 05,120- Service Agent: Ian Mason
18,000 mile service
09.06.98- Mileage: 06,287- Service Agent: Ian Mason
General check over, new HT leads, new starter motor, check levels and lights etc.
10.04.01- Mileage: 09,008- Service Agent: Lancaster Reading
24,000 mile service
18.05.07- Mileage: 12,996- Service Agent: Lancaster Reading
24,000 mile service, stripped out throttles and inlet manifolds, cleaned up all mating surfaces and re-fitted with new gaskets, stripped out and repaired air intake duct, replace bonnet cable, check wiring for engine fault , replace faulty lamba sensor, brake fluid change, coolant change, replace exhaust clamps
24.05.07- Mileage: 13,140- Service Agent: Lancaster Reading
Air conditioning conversion
19.06.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Lancaster Reading
Replace air temperature sensor, reset module
24.08.10- Mileage: 14,613- Service Agent: Aston London
Remove spark plug covers and replace spark plugs, replace radiator filler cap and expansion tank cap, top up coolant. Change engine oil and renew sump plug drain washer. Check and diagnose hoot not operating. Dismantle rear n/s interior trim to correctly secure n/s/r window proximity switch. Remove wheels and check brake pads, check levels and tyre pressures
24.08.11- Mileage: 16,456- Service Agent: Aston London
Replace rear differential oil seal and top up oil, check engine warning light fault, repair broken wire and adjust throttle potentiometer. Fit new C post moulding and clean off mastic, clean mastic off passenger window and lubricate channel. Clean oil off o/s/f engine area anc check for leaks, check levels, balance all 4 wheels
12.03.12- Mileage: 17,681- Service Agent: Aston London
MOT, Re-glue footwell carpet, replace missing battery plug, remove spark plugs, remove fuel spray bar cover, remove fuel spray link pipe, drain fuel filter, replace fuel filter, purge fuel lines fit new filter and flexible fuel hose, reconnect system using new seals, fit new spark plugs.
20.04.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: J R Thompson
Various paint and refinishing
06.07.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: HWM
Parts only: C post pillar moulding
19.11.13- Mileage: 18,043- Service Agent: RS Williams
Remove interior trim as required. Sealing floor section around hood ECU mounting. Fit service exchange hood ECU. Lubricate front and rear window channels. Check operation of hood. Refit interior trim as required. Check fault on engine. Read fault codes and assess. Remove both engine ECU units and associated fixings. Repair EFi loom. Remove right hand crankshaft sensor. Remove and modify crank sensor mounting bracket. Refit bracket with new sensor. Adjust sensor clearance. Remove and overhaul right hand distributor. Refit distributor and check engine phase timing. Replace coolant and air temperature sensors. Clean engine ECU mounting area. Fit service exchange ECU’s. Cleaning and lubricating connectors. Remove and strip coils, re-build coils using heat sink transfer compound. Refit coils. Drain fuel tanks and check for water ingress. Clean fuel flap drain tubes and refill with fuel. Remove battery, charge and drop test. Clean battery area and fit new battery. Replace air filters, set up and adjust engine idle. Check emissions then strip and clean both idle control valves. Replace faulty throttle potentiometer and set up. Investigate fuel pressure failure. Remove fuel collector pot, and fuel pump assembly. Remove fuel tank pick up unit and replace filters, clean gasket faces and refit pick ups. Replace fuel pump and fuel filter assemblies, Clean fuel collector tank, refit collector pot and fuel pump feed pipe assembly. Refill tank, road test and final checks.
18.04.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors
Flush coolant, run block seal , drill and waxoyl chassis