Owning an Aston Martin Virage
‘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.’