First shown to the public at the 1988 Birmingham International Motor Show, the Aston Martin Virage succeeded the previous generation V8 coachbuilt cars from the factory at Newport Pagnell. Although still constructed using traditional methods, the Virage was a more modern take on what had gone before, and included a revised 5.3 litre V8 with 4 valves per cylinder and catalytic convertors as well as being much more contemporary in design. This particular car should not be viewed in the same way as any other Virage. Chassis number 50168 was built for the personal collection of a member of overseas royalty, resulting in a car that is truly unique. During 1998, the car underwent a remarkable enhancement programme by Aston Martin Works Service that included a complete mechanical refurbishment bringing the engine and transmission up to the very latest specification, the brakes and suspension upgraded to sports dynamics, a complete bare metal respray and the interior completely retrimmed using special grain Connolly hides, Wilton carpets and revised instrumentation including a steering wheel incorporating a driver’s airbag. Having now covered just 6,500 miles, this matchless, concours-winn
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