Thursday on the Thames
The Virage is an odd little car. Why are the tires so thick? Why does the rear end sit so high? What’s up with that massive rectangular chunk that houses the exhaust pipes? I don’t know, but that’s just the way it was designed. Oddities aside, Aston Martin Lagonda has always had a proclivity for smooth designs, and this is one of the most elegant body styles of them all, in my opinion.
I may be biased, though. I have a soft spot for the Virage because I had one of those Maisto pullbacks of this car when I was a kid. It was the same color combo too, BRG over tan. When I saw that American Excellence stocked this 1:18 Cult Scale model the other week, it was a done deal. A chance for me to own the "adult" version of my old toy.
Nostalgia factor aside, this model won't blow your doors off, especially given its ~$150 price tag. The detailing is very basic, akin to entry-level resin models by the likes of Otto and BoS (I'd say GT Spirit is a little better). That means solid chunks of grille and sticker decals for the interior. Fit and finish is overall tidy, but the front wheels (which steer all of 2 degrees) sag like a Maisto. That being said, this is the debut of the Virage in 1:18, as far as I know, and I'm now waiting for someone to make the Vantage of the same generation. You can also get it in blue, but I'm not sure why you would.
For memories' sake, this Cult Scale offering was worth it for me. Your results may vary.