Lot 269 - 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante
|Odometer reading||13,800 miles|
|Estimate||£32,000 - £38,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,200|
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. 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. Power was supplied by an all alloy double overhead camshaft supercharged 24 valve, inline six-cylinder engine which produced 335bhp@5750rpm. Regarded by many as the purist modern-day Aston Martin, the DB7 will undoubtedly become increasingly collectable in years to come. This elegant example was first registered on the 28th April, 1997 to its first and current keeper. Unusual in that it is showing only 13,800 miles and is due to the fact that the car was used by its owner only when visiting London.
A recent vehicle history report from Stratstone Aston Martin shows the car's history with a service carried out on 21st August 1997 with 712 miles recorded. The car returned to Stratstone for various items including on 6th August 1998 deglazing of the brake discs and general check over as well as various parts over the years including a new battery, reconnection of boot linkages and various small service items. More importantly, combined with the MoT history the mileage is consistent throughout its life, showing 9,418 miles in 2004 and the MoT test history picking up the mileage in 2006 with 11,046 miles recorded.
Recently a full service at Grange Aston Martin was carried out on January 16th 2016 totalling £2,900 with further recent expenditure on the 2nd April 2015 at ex-RS Williams employee Excalibur Engineering totalling £4,814 and on the 24th October 2014, £6,350 was spent at Wren Restorations with a further £483 at Aston specialist Nicholas Mee on the 10th June 2014.
Presented in the rare Highland Purple with a contrasting cream leather interior piped in matching purple the driving experience is thoroughly enjoyable; indeed the combination of the six-cylinder engine mated to the automatic gearbox means that running costs are kept low and ease of use is maximised. The convertible top works well and a soft garage cover is included. The DB7 Volante is now a collectable and eminently useable classic car with values that are certainly beginning to rise. In terms of investment alone, now is the time to buy.
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