Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake Zagato

Text Joachim Fischer
Photos Tom Shaxson
The Aston Martin Virage was created during a difficult period for the company. The majority of the cars (345 of a total of 365 examples) were produced in 1990 and 1992, after which production collapsed. Less than 10 cars were produced in each of the following years. The models proved to be too large, too expensive and too unwieldy. In 1992, the company realized that customers "didn't want the Virage".


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At that time, even the closure of the traditional company was discussed. Ford, the owner at the time, decided at this stage to develop a more affordable model that would attract new clientele to the brand. The result of this thinking was the Aston Martin DB7, which was closely related to the Jaguar XK. As a result, the Virage became an early discontinued model. Until the DB7 was ready for series production, the company financed itself essentially through special versions of the Virage, which the Service Department completed to customer order at very high prices. The Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake by Zagato shown here had its world premiere at the Chantilly Art & Elegance on September 7, 2014 – and then went into the collection of a Swiss. Only one example exists – precisely a best example of a NEO CLASSICS. It was an extraordinary design by Norihiko Harada, at that time chief designer of Zagato, a large car with a wheelbase of 2.74 metres, which looks a bit like the rear at the front. Under the sheet metal, everything actually remained unchanged, the 490 hp 5.9-litre V12 (AM25) from the Virage worked in the front, the power was transmitted to the 20-inch rear wheels via a “Touchtronic 2”; the interior also remained almost untouched, with the exception of the boot, of course.

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