As anyone in the market for a used performance or luxury car will know, it’s all too easy to default to the conventional options.
Brands such as Porsche, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all likely to appear at or near the top of many buyers’ lists. If you’ve a more substantial budget, then no doubt you’ll be considering something more exotic from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Maserati or Lamborghini.
A used Aston Martin, however, could just as easily make a viable option. Many Astons also offer a more exclusive, refined and desirable image than some of the more exuberant or overly prevalent rivals.
You can be certain that any Aston will endeavour to deliver comfort, performance and a genuine thoroughbred feel. So just what kind of used Aston Martin can you expect to take pride of place in your driveway?
£20k: Aston Martin Virage Coupe (1989-2000)
The Aston Martin Virage was unveiled at the British motor show, held at the Birmingham NEC, in October 1988, a mere two and a half years after its conception.
With Aston not having produced an all-new car in two decades by this point, the Virage — which succeeded the long-lived V8 featured Aston Martin V8 below — needed to be a completely new car. As such, the model received a new body, chassis, cabin, suspension and braking system along with a heavily revised engine.
With a two-tonne kerb weight, dimensions to trouble a regular-size parking space, and a punchy 330bhp 5.4-litre V8, the Virage was a dyed-in-the-wool British muscle car.
Besides being capable of 0-60mph in 6.8sec, the Virage was also comfortable and refined.