First shown at the Birmingham Motor Show in September 1992, the «Vantage» was an high-performance version of the «Virage». It was produced from 1993 through 2000 and, like so many other «Vantage», soon became the only variant available.
The Virage name lasted just a few years, with its final descendants inheriting the simple and familiar V8 name.
The design was freshened, leaving only the roof and doors of the car intact. The «Vantage» was wider, lower, and used four round tail lights, featured a new rear suspension and interior electronics.
The massive 362 mm diameter ventilated discs and four piston «AP Racing» callipers fitted to the front of the Vantage were at the time, the largest fitted to a road car.
The most radical change on the «Vantage», however, was inside the engine compartment. The 5.3 litre (5,341cc) V8 engine with twin superchargers. Power output topped the industry at 550 hp (410 kW) with also an impressive torque of 555 lb·ft (745 N·m) at 4,000 rpm. Top speed was 300 km/h (186 mph), with acceleration to 60 mph (97 km/h) taking 4.6 seconds.
Although «Vantage» is the correct designation the model, it’s very common, even for specialists, to hear it being called «V550», abbreviating and aglutinating Vantage and 550 hp.
By February 1998, production had reached the 200 unit mark during five years of production and by the time production ended, a mere 239 «V550» examples had been produced – a very exclusive motorcar indeed.
This 1996 built LHD «Vantage» was order and delivered to a Portuguese client and had two other owners since.
Complete with all owners and service books, some magazines with essays on the «Vantage», garage cover, two keys, original too kit and Aston Martin Heritage Trust certificate.
Now with 30.256km, it has always been very well cared and serviced at Aston Martin and Aston Martin specialists, with last service done in August 2018 with 29.709km.