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Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3 - £129,950

Chassis Number: SCFDAM2C5RBR 60110

Engine Number: 89/60110/A

UK Registration Number: L 11 AML

Date of first reg: 14th March 1994

Exterior colour: British Racing Green

Hood: Black Mohair

Interior colour: Parchment leather piped Spruce Green

Current Odometer reading: 45,487

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Automatic

Options: CD System, Alarm and immobilizer, OZ Aluminium Wheels, 6.3 litre engine, 4 speed automatic transmission


Background

Background:

When the Virage Volante debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1991, the motoring magazine Fast Lane said: 'The Volante is the new soft-top version of the Virage incorporating the latest changes made to the full Aston range. Beautiful hand-built craftsmanship abounds in this most aristocratic of convertibles.'

The only surprise was that it took Aston Martin more than two years from the Virage coupé's introduction to come up with a soft-top equivalent. Weighing in at over two tons, the open Volante was even heavier than the closed coupé, itself no lightweight, this increase in weight being accounted for by considerable body strengthening to compensate for the absent roof, plus the extra complication of the power-operated convertible hood.

Electrically powered, the latter was beautifully made and incorporated a glass rear window, complete with heated de-misting elements. Mechanically the Volante remained much the same as its closed cousin, though with slightly lower final drive gearing to aid acceleration through the gears. Top speed was slightly reduced, to a still outstanding 150mph. Automatic transmission was standard on the Volante, the original three-speeder being superseded in 1993 by a new four-speed dual-mode (normal/sport) unit. The five-speed manual gearbox continued to be available as an option.

Ahead of its forthcoming twin-supercharged Vantage, Aston Martin offered 6.3-litre conversions for the existing 5,340cc V8-engined Virage and Virage Volante. When first released, the '6.3' produced 456bhp at 6,000rpm and 460lb/ft of torque. Some brand new 5.3 Virages were converted from new, in AM Works department, to 6.3 spec – this is one of those vehicles.

The resulting performance gains - 0-60mph in 5.5 seconds and a top speed of up to 174mph (depending on the axle ratio) - required serious chassis modifications, the '6.3' boasting sports suspension, 18"-diameter alloy OZ wheels shod with Goodyear 285/45ZR18 tyres, and double vented and cross-drilled 14" front disc brakes. Outwardly the '6.3' in its 'wide body' configuration was distinguishable by flared wheel arches and new front, side and rear valances.

Summary:

Aston Martin enthusiasts have warmed to the Virage Volantes and, like their V8 predecessors, values have been substantially in excess of their saloon cousins. But what this car represents is truly the pinnacle of the model.

With its distinctive body style and muscular OZ split rim alloy wheels this is a car that demands attention but the real punchline of value lies under the bonnet where the originally factory specified 6.3 litre engine offers performance to match the looks. Rebuilt and expertly maintained, this marks the car as something truly special.

Offered with an unrivalled service and ownership history this is a car that you can enjoy today and your bank manager will appreciate tomorrow!

Vehicle History

This beautiful and original 6.3 litre Volante was registered to Aston Martin dealer Grange Motors of Brentwood in March of 1994 and remained in their custody until January of the following year when it was acquired by an Eric Wright of Chelmsford. In 1997, the car was registered to a Jeffrey Hobbs of Alton in Hampshire before returning to East Anglia in August 1999 to a Michael Dakers of Great Yarmouth.

He kept the car for 10 years before it went to Gary Steward in Norwich and then finally through the services of Stratton Motor Company to the current owner in 2012.

A characteristic of the ownership of this stunning car was the attention to service requirements to the extent that the original service book is completed and a continuation document alongside it. The current owner has taken that attention to detail one step further with a photographic history showing everything from necessary body restoration and a full engine rebuild under the direction of Rikki Cann as well as photographs of Continental tours and service as a Wedding car for the current owner’s elder son in 2013.

A classic car presented in a classic colour combination, this represents an opportunity to acquire a rare and appreciating Aston Martin from the final years of the hand built era.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

05.08.97    02,513
18.09.98    14,503
10.08.99    17,263
09.09.00    23,455
07.09.01    26,047
06.06.03    27,920
23.04.04    28,493
28.10.05    31,674
02.11.06    35,910
22.06.09    37,973
01.10.10    38,232
31.01.12    39,039
11.09.12    43,721
07.09.13    44,681
27.01.15    44,839
30.03.16    45,272
05.07.17    45,300

Service and Maintenance Record

17.11.94- Mileage: 00,344- Service Agent: Grange Motors

1,000 mile service and 6,000 mile service

02.05.95- Mileage: 00,732- Service Agent: Grange Motors

12,000 mile service

05.12.95- Mileage: 01,387- Service Agent: Grange Motors

18,000 mile service

24.06.96- Mileage: 01,865- Service Agent: Grange Motors

24,000 mile service

02.01.97- Mileage: 02,408- Service Agent: Grange Motors

30,000 mile service

19.12.97- Mileage: 03,034- Service Agent: Grange Motors

36,000 mile service and 42,000 mile service

22.06.98- Mileage: 11,052- Service Agent: Grange Motors

48,000 mile service

21.07.98- Mileage: 11,949- Service Agent: Grange Motors

Renew broken r/h front fog lamp

30.11.98- Mileage: 17,202- Service Agent: Works Service

54,000 mile service and oils, deglaze front discs/pads, reset CO settings, replace rear brake pads, replace o/s/f/ light bulbs, touch in paint chips

12.08.99- Mileage: 17,263- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

Oil service

02.05.00- Mileage: 21,642- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

66,000 mile service, secure bot chrome, touch in paintwork, replace cable for gear indicator, replace fan speed resistor, replace lower radiator hose

14.05.01- Mileage: 24,723- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

72,000 mile service

03.06.03- Mileage: 27,921- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

78,000 mile service

23.04.04- Mileage: 28,492- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

84,000 mile service, MOT, replace front discs and pads, replace l/h engine mounting, repair driver’s seat frame, recharge air-con, replace alarm system

19.10.05- Mileage: 31,674- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

Repaint to customer specification

08.05.06- Mileage: 33,911- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

90,000 mile service, replace n/s/f tyre, replace pinion bearing , replace rear brake discs and pads, re-gas air con, replace plug leads set

02.11.06- Mileage: 35,910- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

Remove o/s/f wheel and refurbish, balance and refit. Remove n/s dash top trim panel and repair leather work as necessary

13.08.09- Mileage: 13.08.09- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

Recover car, fuel pump not working, relays corroded, replaced and connections in main wiring harness rectified

03.09.09- Mileage: 38,032- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

96,000 mile service + air conditioning + overhaul radiator and check cooling system

23.01.12- Mileage: 39,095- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

102,000 mile service + detailing of engine bay

10.04.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Wilson, Lendrum & Weir

Touch up Paint

05.05.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: HWM

Parts only: Thumbscrew, valve caps, Virage parts book, mouldings and inserts, service voucher book

31.05.12- Mileage: 40,155- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

Collect car from Rownham Services

01.06.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Stratton Motor Company

1 x 285R18 tyre

21.06.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Harfield Motor Services

Fit stereo, modify wiring and fit owner’s fuel pump kit

02.08.12- Mileage: 43,233- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

42,500 mile service, supply and fit front brake pads, remove air pipes, clean up and supply and fit new spark plugs, remove fuel pump and catch tank, clean out and replace, check for steering and oil problems, lubricate hood rams

28.08.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Parc Ferme

To carry out clay bar treatment, paint correction and exterior Zymol treatment as required

10.09.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Grommets Ltd

Parts only: Rubber grommets

10.01.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Ross Packard Paintwork

To repair and paint n/s/r bumper corner, n/s bonnet corner and n/s door shut

16.04.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: The Easirider Company

Adjustments to Lambswool over rugs

13.05.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Vintage tyres

Fitting and balancing 2 x 285/45/18 Pirelli P Zero tyres

17.07.13- Mileage: 44,388- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

45,000 mile service, Remove wheel bearings, remove hub bracket and repair, refit with new grease and bearings. Remove and refit new front wheel bearings & hub seals, repair brake caliper. Supply & fit new battery, remove rubber seals and re-glue to vehicle

19.08.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Engineering

Parts only: Adjustable link, clip and bush assembly, adjustment nut

11.02.15- Mileage: 44,784- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

47,500 mile service and full engine rebuild with new pistons, rings, liners, shells etc

24.02.15- Mileage: 44,784- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

To remove steering rack, overhaul and fit back on to vehicle, MOT

13.07.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: K Baggs Trimming

Minor repair to tonneau cover fixings as required

23.10.15- Mileage: 45,240- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

50,000 mile service

03.07.17- Mileage: 45,299- Service Agent: Rikki Cann

52,500 mile service, Free off n/s brake caliper top slide, renew track rod ends, waxoyl front & rear suspension, replace bolt on a/c adjuster

11.12.17- Mileage: 45,487- Service Agent: Bullbridge

Preparation for sale incl. deep clean, clean and conolise interior leather, de-dent rear panel, refurbish hood trims.


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