Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1990 Aston Martin Virage

Aston Martin is a name associated with quality, not quantity, with hand built cars, engines with plates identifying the assembling technician by name, and with absolute peak of a certain form of British craftsmanship and style.

This car, posted on the Cohort by Dean Edwards,  was introduced in 1988, and sold until 2000. It had a 5.3 litre (hand assembled, obviously) engine with round 330 bhp and 364 lbft of torque, and an aluminium hand shaped body. It cost around £125,000, before options and personalisation (not that we used that term then), or close of £300,000 in today’s money.

So, a car that cost as much as a house, sold at the rate of around 100 a year and was incredibly labour intensive to build.

Quite a surprise, then, to remember that this was a product of the Ford Motor Company.