19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 99

1997 Aston Martin DB7
Manual example with just 30,019 miles

Sold for £18,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: R146 YNB
Chassis No: SCFAA1115WK101919
MOT: November 2022

  • One of just 529 Manual i6 couples specified with the desirable Manual gearbox, presented in Mendip Blue with contrasting Cream leather interior with Walnut trim
  • Just 30,019 miles from new and 2 former keepers
  • Recent major service at Aston Engineering at a cost of nearly £1500

Although Victor Gauntlett had long mooted the idea, it took the arrival of Ford money and TWR Group know-how for a new generation, 'small' Aston Martin to become a reality. Introduced at the March 1993 Geneva Salon - albeit deliveries did not start until late the following year - the newcomer had been subjected to more testing and development work than any of the marque's previous models. Indeed, under the watchful eye of Engineering Director Rod Mansfield Project NPX (as the nascent DB7 was labelled) got through some thirty prototypes. Based around a steel semi-monocoque chassis the production version was equipped with all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and power assisted rack and pinion steering. Derived from a proven Jaguar unit, the DB7's 3239cc DOHC straight-six engine boasted four valves per cylinder, Zytec multi-point fuel injection and an Eaton supercharger. Credited with developing 335bhp and 360lbft, when allied to five-speed manual transmission it reputedly enabled the Aston Martin to sprint from 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and reach 165 mph. However, it was the way the fixed head coupe looked, rather than its performance potential, which wowed the public. Styled by Ian Callum, the DB7 has long been regarded as a modern masterpiece. Priced at circa £80,000 the six-cylinder coupe remained current until 1999 by which time some 1,578 had been sold, of which, less than half, 529 had the desirable 5 speed manual transmission. At the time, the i6 production run had exceeded that of any other Aston Martin model although when considered against the numbers built from 2004, the DB7 i6 is in actual fact, quite a rare car.

Presented in Mendip Blue with contrasting Cream and Walnut interior, this rare and desirable Aston Martin DB7 i6 features the all-important, and clearly rare, manual gearbox. First registered on 13 November 1997, the car was first delivered to legend footballer Ryan Giggs. Giggs owned the car for just over a year until it was sold to a collector in January of 1999. Here, the car remained in this ownership until ultimately it was to be purchased by its current owner in November of 2017. ‘R146 YNB’ boasts an impressive specification, including air conditioning, cruise control, electrically operated and heated seats and a 6 disc CD interchanger.

Now showing only 30,019 miles on the odometer at time of consignment, ‘R146 YNB’ is offered for sale with a number of previous invoices and MOTs, it’s original owner’s manual which contains 11 stamps – 9 of which being Aston Martin main dealer and the following two from the supplying dealer for the current owner. In addition, this DB7 was recently subject to a major service with Aston Engineering in May of 2021. This was at a total cost of £1468.40. The car has benefited from a new battery in March of 2022 and worth noting is that the headlining was replaced in 2018. The vendor rates the condition of the bodywork, engine, transmission and interior trim all as ‘Very Good’, with the paintwork and electrical equipment ‘Good’.

For more information, please contact:
Andreas Hicks


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
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