Royal Aston Martin Virage Volante Goes Under The Hammer

Aston Martin Virage Volante
Aston Martin Virage Volante

A 1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre Convertible previously owned by HRH The Prince of Wales will go under the hammer in December.

The ‘rag-top’ Volante is the latest version of the Virage incorporating the latest changes made to the full Aston range and boasts some of the best hand-built craftsmanship the marque has to offer.

Owned from new by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd and used by HRH the Prince of Wales until 2007/2008, chassis number ‘60107’ was converted to 6.3-litre specification (engine, suspension, brakes and exhaust) by Aston Martin Works Service but unlike many Virage Volante ‘6.3s’ has the standard (non-wide) body.

Aristocratic to the extreme, the Aston Martin heavyweight weighs in at over tons and was the big seller of the ‘old’ V8 line-up, subsequently given a soft-top makeover some two years after the introduction of this beautiful classic.

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Dressed in Special British Racing Green (non-metallic) with green Everflex roof, the royal Volante included bespoke features include a police radio (since removed), second rear-view mirror and a leather-trimmed container in the centre armrest for the polo ponies’ sugar cubes. Other features were Mushroom leather upholstery, black leather dashboard top, and green carpets to match.

From circa 2007/2008, the car was displayed for some 4-5 years at Aston Martin’s Headquarters at Gaydon, its arrival coinciding with the project, led by Works Service, to convert HRH’s DB6 Mk2 Volante to run on bio-ethanol fuel. While in use from 1994 until 2007, ‘60107’ was always serviced and maintained by AMWS at Newport Pagnell and is accompanied by its service booklet. The car also comes with a current MoT and a V5C document.

The recorded mileage at that time of royal ownership was 33,960, to which the current owner added a mere 889 miles, making the current total 34,849. Works Service had carried out a major service and MoT’d the car immediately before the 2012 sale.

With its unique specification and former Royal patronage, this beautiful Virage Volante is a ‘must-have’ for any serious Aston Martin collector and could be the only one of its unique type.

Full auction details can be found here.

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