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
Options: CD System, Alarm and immobilizer, OZ Aluminium Wheels, 6.3 litre engine, 4 speed automatic transmission
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 Automatic transmission was standard on the Volante, the original three-speeder being superseded in 1993 by a new four-speed dual-mode (normal/sport) unit.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.
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!
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.
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
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.