These 90s Aston Martins seem a long way away from their present day counterparts in terms of design. But the sensory experiences expected out of an Aston have probably stood the test of time.
The Virage debuted in 1988 as the replacement for the long running V8. It was the first car to have been launched by the company under Ford ownership and would remain the flagship of the range up until the DB7 came about in 1994.
The standard Virage came with a 5.3 litre V8 good for 330 bhp and 350 lb/ft (475 Nm) of torque. This worked with a 5 speed manual or 4 speed auto to get the car up to 60 mph from standstill in 6s and onto a top speed of 155 mph (250 kph).
The car pictured here and up for auction at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island sale is a 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante ‘Wide-Body’ convertible. This car is especially desirable because it come with a Aston Martin Works Upgrade package. This package added a larger 6.3 litre engine good for 174 mph (278 kph) and uprated brakes, wheels and suspension. The aggressive looking wide-body package this car also came with added cosmetic upgrades like flared wing panels, deeper air dam and side skirts. It is one of only 20 such cars built for the US market and has only 7160 miles on the clock.
Photos Courtesy- RM Sotheby’s