Chassis Number: SCFDAM1C2NBL60026
Engine Number: 89/60026/A
UK Registration Number: TBA
Date of first reg: 8th June 1993
Exterior colour: Black
Hood: Black Mohair
Interior colour: Tan leather
Current Odometer reading: 41400
Options: GPS and 10 CD system, Alarm and 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 undertray, 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.
Just as with its V8 predecessor, The Virage Volante has consistently been better received in the market place that its saloon variant. This original left hand drive, EU registered car is presented in a popular colour combination and offers a great opportunity for classic Continental touring but with many of the luxuries that we have become accustomed to in modern cars.
Straight from the personal collection of a Belgian collector, this is a cracking investment in a modern classic.
This lovely car was first registered in France on 8th June 1993 and was acquired by Madame Fuller on 16th February 1996. However, she did not keep the car for long and it was acquired in the name of Madame Monique Zweegers of Vosselaar, Belgium on 19th December 1997. A bill of sale on file notes the sale value at 600,000 French Francs – the odometer reading was noted at 15,000 km and the interior colour delightfully described as Havane – visions of Cuban cigars offers a more descriptive perspective than Tan!
Whilst Madame Zweegers was the name on the invoice, thereafter, correspondence clearly identifies Mr P Zweegers and specifically in relation to Works Service where the condition of the car precluded a road test but nevertheless, a comprehensive report and estimate were submitted in July of 1998 which tellingly reported on the information unit the odometer was alternating between miles and kilometres – clearly faulty.*
This work was undertaken and then in September 1998, Mr Zweegers was informed that now that the car could be properly road tested, other items needed attention – and another estimate was submitted.
Later in 2003 the car, now with a recorded 22,000 km recorded was offered for sale on mobil,de and acquired by the current owner to join his static collection in Belgium.
There are currently no MOT history details for this car.
26.11.98- Mileage: 33,097*- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works
Clean engine and underbonnet area, renew front road springs, adjust suspension ride height, steering and suspension geometry. Supply road wheels tyres and balancing. Flushing and renewing brake hydraulic system, renew front and rear brake pads. Renewing pressure caps and radiator temperature switches. Renew front hub outer wheel bearings. Renew engine air inducting trunking and renew foam covering. Renew fuel pump/exhaust heat shield. Remove right hand exhaust manifold, weld leak in pipe and replace damaged stud. Carry out 12,000 mile service Remove left hand rear boot trim securing wiring and make good connection to amplifier. Replace hood and ABS electronic control units. Check wiring harnesses and renew damaged connections, renew front indicator assembly. Repair wiring to front lamps, renew corroded lamp holders. Remove vehicle information units and send for specialist repair. Clean and adjust washer jets. Refit hood operating switch, check operation of hood and renew locking motors. Renew fuel flap solenoids. Remove dash assembly and carry out specialist repair. Remove carpets, mats and sound deadening and remove corrosion from front and rear seat wells, treat with inhibitor, prime and repaint. Make up sound deadening to pattern, replace with carpets and mats. Refit rear seat rims and remake rear bubby box. Make up and fit new water shedders inside rear interior side panels. Making up and fitting hood well carpeting. Refit dash top and undertray panels. Releasing left and right hand hood B post trims, removing and reshaping tensioning wire brackets to prevent fouling of hood. Renewing right and left hand door ¼ light capping end and left hand capping pad. Remove right hand door mirror assembly, tighten base, replace glass and refit. Fitting and adjusting rear quarter glasses to door glass and hood frame. Refitting door window seals as necessary and water testing. Replace bonnet release lever and cable. Renew front wheel arch liners, bumper under panel and front spoiler, respaying and polishing and refitting. Touch in paint chips, machine polish and hand wax. Thoroughly clean and hide food interior leather.