Virage coupe prototype DP2034
Virage coupe prototype DP2034

Virage coupe prototype DP2034

(1988)

The Virage, when unveiled at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show was the first new Aston Martin for 18 years. Styled by the British team of John Heffernan and Ken Greenley, the beat off stiff opposition from others during a competition held by AML to decide on the new design. This silver car above is the third prototype Virage, DP2034/3, taken on the turntable at the AML stand at the 1988 event.

Virage coupe prototype DP2034

At this time, the surrounds to the Audi 200 sourced headlights were finished in black, something that never featured on the production cars. The other car on show at Birmingham was DP2034/4, finished in Balmoral Green was photographed extensively for the sales brochure and the rare Virage book.

I’m yet to see and photograph the first Virage prototype which featured a unique 2 door Lagonda series 4 body. After the Virage/Lag was surplus to requirements, Works Service completely rebuilt the car and it joined a private collection.