The customer approved the design sketches of a stretched 4 door Vantage and also the development of an even more powerful 600 bhp version of the 5.3 litre twin supercharged engine. Despite the four door coachwork, the Special Type I saloon was badged as an Aston Martin in defiance of the previous decision surrounding the badging of the 4 door Virage cars as Lagondas.
Only three Type I saloons were made, one each in red, grey and black, all right hand drive and with the four speed automatic transmission. Even though AML may have wanted to put the car into limited production, as the styling work was done exclusively for the client, this was sadly out of the question.
These photographs have been kindly provided by Aston Martin Works