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Aston Martin 1997 Vantage V550

Make|Aston Martin
Model|Vantage 'V550'
Year|1997
Exterior Colour|Antrim Blue
Trim Colour|Parchment
Carpet Colour|Blue
Mileage|12000
mls/kms|mls
Date Registered|04/09/1997
Transmission|Auto
Hand of Drive|RHD
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PRICE £199,500
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 driveability. 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. 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 only 236 examples ever made and not surprisingly they have become very collectable as significant models in the Aston Martin range.
This V550 was registered in August 1997 to paper and property entrepreneur Alan Murphy. Mr Murphy immediately had the car converted to automatic by Aston Martin Works Service and had it regularly maintained in the North West of England apart from one foray to Monaco in 1999. He decided to stay in the principality but the car returned to the UK remaining largely in storage as it had only covered some 800 miles in the following 11 years! By the time he parted company with it in 2011 the car had completed just 7,900 miles when it was owned briefly by Mr Seymour followed by a Mr Marton who purchased it in July 2013 at only 9,800 miles! The current keeper acquired the car in December 2014 at 11,400 miles and has had it maintained by Aston Service London and DJ Smail.
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