Sold for £29,812
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: S949 SDB
Chassis No: SCFAA3114XK202379
MOT: March 2023
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 reality. Unveiled at the March 1993 Geneva Salon, the DB7 utilised a steel semi-monocoque chassis equipped with all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering. Derived from a proven Jaguar unit, the 2+2-seater’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, it was allied to either a five-speed manual or automatic transmission and reputedly enabled the Aston Martin to sprint from 0-60mph in 5.8 seconds and reach 161mph. However, it was the way the DB7 looked, rather than its performance potential, which wowed the public. Penned by Ian Callum at the same time as the Coupe, the convertible Volante version was unveiled at the LA and Detroit motor shows of early 1996 - America being the chief market for the company's soft-tops. Just 879 straight-six powered DB7 Volantes were produced with a mere 150 of those featuring manual transmission.
One of only 879 straight-six Volantes, this particularly pretty example has the automatic transmission and is presented in Mendip Blue with contrasting Cream leather. Originally supplied new via Stratstone Aston Martin of Wilmslow, Cheshire in 1998, it has since covered just 60,716 miles from new. In December 2020 the Volante was subject to over £14,000 worth of expenditure with Stratton Motor Company Aston Martin, which included a full service, bodywork repairs, interior refresh, water pump overhaul, new radius arms, drive belts and much more. The car comes with its bookpack with a wallet with the service book showing stamps and services carried out by Aston Martin dealers and specialists, the last being completed in 2020 at 59,094 miles. There is a collection of invoices and MOTs and documentation in the history file, along with the V5C.
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