Lot 044: Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
At launch the DB7 set new standards for the world's most famous brand and went on to become the most successful Aston ever, with more than 7,000 leaving the production line before it was replaced by the DB9 in 2003. Impeccably styled by Ian Callum, the DB7 is also widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time.
Put together like no Aston before, each bodyshell took five days to complete before being shipped off to Rolls-Royce for a paint job so deep you could drown in it. At first the car was only available with a 3.2-litre supercharged straight-six that produced 335bhp and could propel the car to 60mph in just 5.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 165mph. But in 1999 a Vantage model with a 6.0-litre V12 was launched that now boasted a massive 420bhp sufficient to crack the 60mph barrier in 4.9 seconds with a top speed of 186mph in manual form (the automatic was limited to 165mph).
The handling is well up to the job and was specially developed for British roads, while the ride is superb for such a sporting model and the Brembo brakes provide phenomenal stopping power. Some 15 years down the line and the car still has a fine reputation for reliability, a rare quality in a supercar of this performance.
This rare manual gearbox 6-litre V12 example was first registered on January 1st 2000. Ordered with the Premium Sound system it was delivered in metallic silver with blue and grey two tone upholstery whilst the hood was finished in blue mohair. It was purchased through the Runnymede Motor Company at around 25,000 miles, the odometer now showing a total of just over 34,000. For sale from a deceased estate, it has remained unused since 2010. It will carry a 12 month MOT at the time of sale and just before it was parked up was fitted with a new coil pack at the cost of some �2,500 less than 1,000 miles ago. The vendor's estate will be fitting a new set of tyres as a precaution, a wise move on a car of this performance, the whole car presenting well having been carefully stored over the period of inactivity. The icing on the cake is a naughty V12 number plate.
Catalogue amendment; Upon arrival we have been able to confirm the service history. The car was given its first service by Stratton Motor Company, then JCT 600 at 832 miles, 5795, 10564, 13,829, 18,275. Then by the works service department at Newport Pagnell in November 2003 at 20,480, JCT 600 again at 24,612 miles in May 2005 and 26,295 by Runnymede. Subsequently Broughtons of Cheltenham attended to a heater issue in 2008 at a cost of �832. The deceased vendor ran his own garage and maintained the car himself including the fitting of the new coil pack.
Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles|
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Registration number||V123 BAD|
|Engine capacity (cc)||5935|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|