Aston Martin. The name brings up images of exotic locales, racing victories and, of course, James Bond.
Aston Martin motorcars have always been some of the most exclusive and desirable in the world, and so prices for these automotive works of art are quite high, often costing more than the average house.
Happily, there are still a few affordable Aston Martins available, and while most tend to be V8 Vantages or DB9s, both amazing deals in themselves, there is a model from the end of the classic era that can sometimes be had for a fraction of what it cost new.
That car is the Virage and the Pick of the Day is a stunning black 1992 Aston Martin Virage located in Huntington Station, New York.
According to the Aston Martin dealer advertising the Virage on ClassicCars.com, this coupe is finished in black with a Magnolia leather interior that is piped in Black with Black carpeting, with about 43,000 original miles on its odometer.
The Virage is powered by a quad-valve V8 that generates 330 horsepower and 350 pound-feet torque. As with most Virages, it is equipped with an automatic transmission, although with that kind of power, the car does not suffer much in performance.
Doubt that? The automatic-equipped 1993 Virage can reach 60 mph in as little as 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 158 mph, according to the manufacturer. From the inside, it is much like a Bentley, with acres of wood and leather, sort of like a fast-moving British country estate.
This car is one of 54 Virages imported to the USA, and has been known by the dealer for many years, according to the ad. The Aston has been in storage for several years, and while it recently has received some servicing, it will need some minor maintenance and regular servicing to be in full fettle, the dealer says.
The Virage was a completely hand-built car and the quality of the construction was so good that it basically put the company in receivership because of the great expense in time and money that it took to produce them.
The Virage was also the last Aston Martin road car to be powered by legendary engine designer Tadek Marek’s final Aston engine, an awesome four-cam V8 that marked the end of an era for the company.
When new this Virage cost somewhere in the range of $200,000 and with an asking price today of only $57,500, it is a genuine bargain for an Aston from the classic era.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day