Own­ing an As­ton Martin Vi­rage

Classic Cars (UK) - - The Big Test -

‘I bought my first Vi­rage 17 years ago, and I’ve now got four!’ says Martin Day. ‘I was mainly at­tracted to them by their ex­clu­siv­ity – the early Nineties re­ces­sion meant build num­bers were ex­tremely low. They’re rarer than DB4S, and yet they’re ex­tremely good value, the most af­ford­able As­ton of their kind, when ev­ery­thing about them was still be­ing hand-crafted and judged by eye.

‘I haven’t had many con­cerns. Early cars had trou­ble­some dig­i­tal mileage read­outs which played up a lot, seal­ing rub­bers tend to self-destruct, re­turn to liq­uid form and run down the body­work, and en­gine oil seals need keep­ing an eye on. But they’re lit­tle nig­gles, not ma­jor prob­lems.

‘They’re main­te­nance-sen­si­tive though and need ser­vic­ing. Bad ones have fallen into a trap of be­ing laid-up by peo­ple who think they’ll just need a bat­tery a cou­ple of years later.’

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