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Lot 251: Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage Coupé

Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars, Bonhams (19 May 2012)

Introduced in March 1999, the DB7 Vantage was an exciting new model powered by a state-of-the-art, all-alloy V12 engine, a 'first' for a production Aston Martin. This 6-litre, quad-cam, 48-valve unit produced 420bhp and 400lb/ft of torque while meeting all current and projected emissions regulations. There was a choice of two alternative transmissions: a new six-speed manual or ZF five-speed automatic with manually selectable ratios. A top speed of 185mph was claimed for the Vantage coupé. The existing six-cylinder DB7 bodyshell was re-engineered to accommodate the new V12 engine/transmission package, resulting in a stiffer structure exceeding all contemporary crash test requirements, while the suspension was developed specifically for this new model. The 15" diameter wheels too were unique to the Vantage, which also featured cross-drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes equipped with ABS. Notwithstanding all the DB7 Vantage's high-tech attributes, its makers had not lost sight of customer expectations of what constituted an Aston Martin. Thus the Vantage's hand crafted interior featured traditional Connolly hide upholstery and could be trimmed and equipped to individual customer requirements. All the usual luxury fittings came as standard while clients could choose from an extensive list of options. This automatic transmission DB7 Vantage has covered only some 68,000 miles from new and has been in the current owner's hands since May 2009. The car comes complete with all the usual 'extras' including heated seats, screens and mirrors, electric windows/mirrors and Kenwood Mask stereo system with boot-mounted CD changer. Other noteworthy features include a mesh grille and new tyres on unmarked alloy wheels. Finished in Solent Silver with blue/grey leather interior, 'V272 ROC' is described as very clean for its year and is said to drive beautifully. The car is offered with service history, its original leather handbook, MoT/tax to June 2012 and Swansea V5C document.

Lot Details
Auction Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars
Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, Aston Martin Works Service
TypeCar
Lot Number251
Estimate£18000-£24000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£19500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£22425
Year1999
Condition rating1
Registration numberV272 ROC
Mileage-
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Number of doors2