Lot 288 - 2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
|Odometer reading||22,400 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £32,000|
Introduced in 1993 to the public, the handsome new DB7 was Aston Martin's first six cylinder model since production of the DBS had finished in 1971. Styled by Ian Callum, its lines were evocative of earlier Aston Martin models and elements of the DB4/5/6 could be seen in its design. Arguably one of the most attractive looking cars ever produced by Aston Martin, the DB7 was well received and attracted new customers worldwide with its traditional layout of the curvaceous two door coupé body and powerful six cylinder engine. At the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, Aston Martin introduced the 6 litre Cosworth designed and built V12 engine with 24 valve heads, developing 420bhp limited to 185mph. Other changes included chassis and braking upgrades, the much more powerful engine demanding greater quantities of air intake and cooling, as well as up rated brakes. Ian Callum enlarged the grill, added fog lamps and re-styled the valances to give the car a more brutal look. Gearboxes were available with either a TREMEC T-56 six speed manual or a ZF 5HP30 five speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin claimed it had a top speed of either 186mph with the manual gearbox or 165mph with the automatic gearbox, achieving acceleration from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds. After the launch of the Vantage, sales of the supercharged straight-6 engine DB7 reduced considerably and so production was ended by mid-1999. The Valante, costing over £100,000 at its launch, remained in production until 2004.
This right hand drive, ZF automatic DB7 V12 Vantage Volante was supplied new in May 2000 and is finished in a metallic Cobalt Blue with blue and cream leather interior. The vendor tells us that this DB7 has been serviced regularly by her local garage; the last one carried out on 30th April this year. This totally original V12 Vantage is supplied with a V5C registration document and an MOT certificate valid until August 2014. Undeniably one of the most attractive designs of any modern sports car and superb value for money, this car is in immaculate condition and has only had three owners from new covering a mere 22,000 miles. Regarded by many as the purest modern Aston Martin and very desirable, the DB7 should prove to be a very sound investment and is equally at home in the city or out on the open road.
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