Lot 77 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: KF02RXA
Chassis No: SCFAB32371K402208
MOT: January 2021
Introduced at the March 1999 Geneva Salon, the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage eschewed its predecessor's 3228cc supercharged straight-six for a 5935cc 48-valve, all-alloy V12 that developed 420bhp and 400lbft. Available with a choice of six-speed manual, five-speed automatic or (later) Touchtronic semi-auto transmission, the DB7 Vantage could be had in Coupe or Volante (Convertible) guises. The latter had its top speed limited to 165mph but could reportedly accelerate from 0-60mph in 5.1 seconds. To cope with such performance, the 2+2-seater's structure, suspension and brakes were all upgraded. Asked to rework his masterpiece, stylist Ian Callum added a reshaped back bumper, more pronounced sills, combined driving lamps / indicators and horizontal bars to the radiator grille. Priced at £104,486 in 2002, Aston Martin's flagship soft-top came with central locking, electric windows / mirrors, traction control, ABS, air-conditioning, front airbags, alarm / immobilizer and 18-inch alloy wheels as standard. Notable as the marque's first V12 production model, the DB7 Vantage lasted until 2003 by which time some 2,056 Volantes had been made.
One of just 118 UK-supplied cars to be fitted with the sportier six-speed manual gearbox, chassis 402208 was finished in Bowland Black with Charcoal leather upholstery and a Black mohair hood. Further boasting a sports steering wheel, heated front windscreen, sports exhaust, Aston Martin indoor car cover, Black leather hood cover, gloss painted engine bay panelling and mesh upper / lower grilles, the Volante was acquired by the vendor in August 2013 at 25,644 miles using the old adage 'buy the best example you can afford'. Treated to an uprated twin-plate clutch in March 2018 plus an oil and filter change, coolant drain / flush / refill and new high-pressure power steering hose the following April, the 2+2-seater also had its paintwork professionally machine polished. Now showing circa 42,400 miles to its odometer, this striking and decidedly rare DB7 Vantage Volante is offered for sale with history file and fresh MOT certificate.
Sold for £31,500
(including buyers premium)