The most powerful production car in the world at the time, no car of the 1990s could propel its occupants with such speed and in such opulent comfort as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage V550. The Aston Martin Vantage V550 was a unique car when new that formed its own place in the specialist car market, and little has changed in the impact they have today when seen in the metal.
The car, built from 1993 to 1999, carried the ‘V8 Vantage’ name but was a vastly improved and reworked Virage, with much better lines and a performance-focused chassis and drivetrain. Hence the ‘Vantage’ suffix, as it was a driver's car, through and through. Available as a six-speed manual, it was a very fast car. Officially, a 186mph top speed is promised, with 60mph coming up in 4.6 seconds from standstill.
A deep front spoiler channels air to the radiator, the air then exiting via bonnet louvres and the classic Aston Martin side vents. Hauling such an imposing car down from high speed was left to the 362mm-diameter ventilated front discs by AP Racing – at the time, the largest fitted to a road car. Inside, the cabin showcases the true craftsmanship of those who worked at Newport Pagnell at the time, with an all-leather interior that perfectly dressed the supportive seats for the driver and passengers.
On a dry road, the V550, one of Newport Pagnell’s very last hand-built cars is an intoxicating experience. Colossal power and torque mean that the big automobile is one of the best ultimate Grand Touring ever created. The combination of massive, low-profile tires and the twin-supercharged engine’s 550 bhp and 550 lb-ft of torque when conditions get slippery... it demands respect.
Jeremy Clarkson, who loved the sumptuous big-engined Brit, admitted: “The Vantage is not a car that you can jump into and drive quickly straight away – you’ve always got to remember the huge weight. Go into a corner too fast and it’s going to plow straight on.
“This is a Rolls-Royce…with attitude.”
The 1994 example we are pleased to offer, is one of only two in existence in Hong Kong. Finished in deep Antrim Blue with Magnolia hides was originally delivered in the UK in 1994. Imported by the current owner to Hong Kong in 2008. The car remained in single ownership for 11 years and showing just 24,000 miles. Service history is available for the past 10 years. This magnificent example of the twin Supercharged Vantage, is supplied with the original owners handbook and leather pouch. With fewer than 250 units made in total, this ensure you will own something very special.
These distinguished and commanding performance cars have firmly established themselves, not only as sought after classics but as the very last product of the coach built era of hand built cars. Designed, production engineered and constructed by Aston Martins artisans, craftsmen and engineers, at the now closed Newport Pagnell factory.
Body: 2 Doors Coupe
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 24,000 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: Originally delivered in the UK in 1994. Imported by current owner to Hong Kong and registered in 2008. Showing "1 Hands" on Hong Kong VRD. Relatively Low Mileage and overall in good restored condition throughout with maintenance history since 2008. Original books, tools, sales brochures, UK records and Aston Martin Certificate present.
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The most powerful production car in the world at the time
Phenomenal performance with a 550 bhp twin-supercharged V8 engine and a 6-speed transmission
One of the last hand-built Aston Martin in Newport Pagnell and Fewer than 250 were ever built.
Fully restored condition and comes with Aston Martin Heritage Certificate
2015-2019 Service all performed at Driven Motorwerks
2019 Full Restoration
- Full Paint Respray
- 4 Wheels Restored + New Wheel Caps
- Full Wax/ Polish
- New front Wind Screen, side window, Pillar Rubber seals
- Interior Upholstery restore, Leather, Foam Cushion, Deep clean all including door card
- New Battery
- New fuel door actuator & mechanism
- New power steering sensor, crank angle sensor
- Check full electric system
- New Belts and Pulley
- Wheel Alignment
- New brake pads
- Fuel System Cleanup
- New Battery
- New A/C Refrigerant
- Check Clutch
- New Clutch Slave Cylinder
- New Brake Fluid
- New Bonnet Lining
- New engine seal
- Change SuperCharger oil
- New Air Filter, Coils, Spark Plug wire, Spake Plug
- New Belt and Pulley + tensioner
- New Engine Mount and Transmission Mount
- Front Brakes
- Coolant flush, New Engine Oil, Steering fluid
- Clean Injectors
- New CV boot
- New Crank Shaft Seal
- New Bushings, Sway Bar, linkage Bush
2001 (17295 Miles)
- Extended Warranty and full inspection certificate
- UK MOT Certificate (12756 Miles)
- New Steering Rack
- New clutch
- New brake pads
1998 (Done by AML at 11834 Miles)
- New Exhaust and catalyst converter
- Adjust suspension
1997 (9441 Miles)
- Full AML Inspection
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
Captioned from Octane by Peter Tomalin
Introduced in 1993 as a replacement to the Virage, the new Aston Martin Vantage had the benefit of new Ford funding and R&D to make significant changes to performance and drivability. The V8 engine was further developed with the addition of two superchargers and the latest engine management systems to give it an impressive output of 550bhp, 0-60 in 4.5 secs and 190mph top speed! Making it one of the fastest road cars in the world!
Although the new car had the same wheelbase as the Virage the chassis was extensively lightened and significantly re-designed at the rear to vastly improve the cars handling. In order to cope with the cars brutal performance the brakes and suspension were up rated and wider wheels and tyres fitted as standard. The new Vantage also benefitted from a new body design to give it a fresher and more purposeful stance and of course being an Aston Martin, new levels of interior comfort were also attained!
These enormously impressive cars are very rare with a total of just 236 ever produced, and 97 were LHD examples, and not surprisingly they have become very collectable as significant models in the Aston Martin range.
The euphoria that greeted the launch of the Virage in 1989 didn’t last very long. The first completely new Aston Martin in two decades had been warmly welcomed by the press, and by Aston’s loyal fanbase, but within a couple of years sales had fallen off and the mood had changed. The general feeling was that the Virage lacked both firepower and road presence.
The boys in Works Service were first to respond to the clamour for something a bit ballsier, and in January 1992 began offering a 465bhp 6.3-litre engine conversion, together with bigger brakes, firmer suspension, wider wheels and tyres, and bulging wheelarches.
It was a bit of a hotrod, but it worked. The press lapped it up, and Works eventually converted 40 cars. (At around £60k a pop, on top of the £132,000 it cost to buy the standard Virage, the boost to Aston’s coffers was as welcome as the boost to the Virage’s image.)
Meanwhile, the engineering department was developing the ‘official’ super-Virage, and in September 1992 it made its debut at the British motor show. Simply called Vantage, everything about it seemed right, its wide, low, muscular stance oozing presence but also sophistication, from its jutting chin and fared-in headlamps (three per side, a system borrowed from the late-80s Alfa SZ), through its sculpted sills and evocatively flared arches, to its subtly flicked-up tail and four round tail-lights. John Heffernan and Ken Greenley had worked a remarkable transformation on their original Virage design (in fact only roof and doors were carried over).
Under the newly louvred bonnet, the big news was the addition of twin superchargers, lifting the output of the standard-capacity 5.3-litre V8 to 550bhp, with a matching 550lb ft of torque at 4000rpm. It was by some margin the most powerful production car the company had yet built and, at the time, the world’s most powerful production engine. The top speed was 186mph (measured, not claimed) and the 0-100mph time, despite a kerbweight of almost two tons, just 10.1 seconds. Aston Martin was back in the supercar business.
Tellingly, nowhere in the launch blurb was the Virage name mentioned; this was, as far as Aston was concerned, a wholly new model. The interior had been redesigned and now had airbags as an option for the first time (though the air-bagged steering wheel was particularly ugly). The rear suspension ditched the Virage’s complex A-frame and went back to the classic de Dion set-up, while springs, dampers and anti-roll bars were all beefed-up. The 18in wheels, the Goodyear Eagle tyres, the mammoth 362mm front discs and Group C calipers, all were unique to the Vantage, as was the ZF six-speed gearbox, one of very few deemed robust enough to handle the torque. Final development miles were completed by one Jackie Stewart, at the time a member of the Aston Martin board.
Deliveries started in late 1993, and, while the Vantage was never going to sell in huge numbers (that was the soon-to-be launched DB7’s job), it hit the mark with well-heeled customers of the old school. Road testers loved it, and schoolboys everywhere had a new poster car.
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