The 1991 Aston Martin Virage
The few for sale in the US I have seen are around $80,000 or inquiry. This car nearly broke Aston Martin into the 90's Super Car race. I say nearly because it was nearly as fast and powerful (330 hp 364 lb ft), but it was so much more comfortable to drive. I personally feel this was the first modern super GT car. The big 5.3L V8 and a proper 5 speed manual made it a real driver’s car, while the 2+2 technically allowed for 4 adults, like any other 2+2 it really did not. But what it did do was create a long sweeping roofline on an achingly beautiful coupe from a company that knows a thing or two about fast and pretty GTs.
The engine featured 4 valves per cylinder and heads designed by Callaway to help the Viarge pass emissions. Most descriptions of the engine do not cover the ‘twin block’ management system, which makes things somewhat more complicated. Each block of 4 cylinders is run much as a separate unit, each with it’s own Engine Control Unit. In addition there are separate ignition systems, and two separate throttle units, each with air admittance valves for cold starting. It assumed that synchronization is achieved via the crankshaft sensor, in any event, the two units work fine together. The Weber ECU system is pretty obscure – we can’t find much information on it, and it doesn’t seem to have been fitted to many other cars in this guise. So for maintenance, one is flying somewhat blind on engine management for the Virage. (cite)
I think this would be the perfect 90's classic GT car to tour the world in. While slightly obscure and maybe hard to repair, it would be fun and set you aside from most drivers. I feel like this is one of the forgotten Astons and I very much wish to own a 1991 Model Year. If I found one and I have the money, this example would be it.
Maybe he is right. I should get a Vantage.... HHHNNGGGG
The Vantage was the Aston Supercar of the day. Made from 1993 to 2000, the Vantage, like all other Vantages, was a higher preformance model of another car in their line up. Using the same 5.3L V8, Aston added two superchargers creating a 550 hp and 555 lbft beast of a car. With a top speed of 186 mph and 0-60 4.6 seconds this car would rival many today. They made their car even more beautiful if that is even possible. Only Aston could do that. Here is a 2000 Vantage V600 LeMans for sale.
Aside from the horrible Ford parts bin steering wheel. THis here would be the king of all Unicorn. Think they would trade for my GTO?