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The Aston Martin DB7 is a Grand Tourer (GT) which was produced from September 1994 to December 2004. The car was available either as a coupé or a convertible (Volante). The prototype was complete by November 1992 and debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993; the car was designed by Ian Callum and Keith Helfet. The six-cylinder DB7 (based on the Jaguar non-supercharged engine AJ6) was positioned as an ‘entry-level’ model below the hand-built V8 Virage introduced a few years earlier. This model was the highest production Aston Martin vehicle ever, with more than 7,000 built before it was replaced by the DB9.
In 1999, the more powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. Its 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine produced 420 bhp (313 kW; 426 PS) and 400 lbft (540 Nm) of torque. It has a compression ratio of 10.3:1. Transmissions were available with either a TREMEC T-56 six-speed manual or a ZF 5HP30 five-speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin claimed it had a top speed of either 186 mph (299 km/h) with the manual gearbox or 165 mph (266 km/h) with the automatic gearbox, and would accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.
This stunning DB7 V12 Volante is owned by Mark. Mark has owned this car for nearly two years and has built a beautiful car collection of over fifteen cars with the help of his brother-in-law; Rob Carrigan. Mark loves the thrill of buying the best examples he can, once added to his collection he then enjoys driving them when he’s in the country. Mark really does only buy the best-of-the-best examples, and we are very fortunate to be handling the sale of his collection.
So why is Mark now selling his collection? Well, Mark is based overseas and these days he doesn’t get the opportunity to drive his collection as much as he’d like, as more recently his business opportunities are keeping him abroad, so the time has come to pass the cars to new custodians.
Rob looks after the collection for Mark and no expense has been spared in the maintenance of the vehicles. Rob makes sure that whatever the cars need are actioned straight away using specialist garages and original parts. Even the finest indoor covers have been purposely made for each individual car at a cost of over £300 each, and are included in the sale. Every car is securely stored in a new and dry professional unit, as can be seen in our media footage.
The bodywork and paint is in excellent condition as can be seen in the images and video. You’d be very hard pressed to find a better V12 DB7 in as such original condition as this car.
Wheels & Tyres
Original factory wheels are fitted with 245/40 R 18 tyres and wrapped in almost new Continential Sport Contact 3 tyres. There are a few small marks on some of the alloys as you can see from the media file.
The bodywork is exceptional on this car. The only slight issue we found on our inspection was a small paint defect on where the bumper meets the nose cone on the OSF (highlighted in pictures and videos). There are no parking dents and the panel fit all looks visually correct.
The paint work is also exceptional on this stunning Aston Martin. The colour is even and deep on every panel, even in direct sunlight. We also couldn’t see any difference in colour on the nose cone. We only found a few small stone chips on the car. These have been highlighted in the video footage. I think these could be easily remedied by a professional chip removal expert, and with a professional detailing session this car could be a contender for concours events.
Glass and Trim
Like the rest of the car, the glass and trim are all in excellent condition.
The interior is simply beautiful and in excellent condition. The cabin really is a lovely place to be with no issues noticed during our visual inspection.
Seats and Carpets
The leather seats are in excellent condition with hardly any wear, even on the driver’s seat squab and bolster.
The dashboard and gauges are all in the condition expected with such a low mileage and well looked after car.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
The car has its original steering wheel and gear stick and both are in excellent condition.
We didn’t take the car our regular ‘on the road’ run as it was not insured at the time of our visit. However, Rob confirms to us that it drives perfectly without a problem, along with starting on the button. Please review the video footage to see the cold start we performed in the garage.
Engine and Gearbox
Rob confirms there are no issues with the engine or gearbox.
Suspension and Brakes
Rob also confirms the car has no knocks or rattles coming from the suspension. As mentioned, the car has always had the best care in the last three years of Mark’s ownership, and you’ll see receipts for all work carried out.
Not actioned on our visit due to the car not being insured to be on the road.
Electrics and Other
We checked all the main electrics and they performed without fault. A battery conditioner is fitted when the vehicle is not in use to maintain the levels of the battery due to the complexity of the electrical system. Rob tells us the air conditioning is working perfectly.
Please review the picture file to see the invoices and previous MOT’s that come with the car. The original service book has been lost at some point, however, there are invoices for some service history. I understand it may be possible to request a replacement and contact Aston Martin to find out where the car was serviced and have it re-stamped.
The car is showing just over 46,334 as of 03.06.2018.
HPi Check Results
– This car is HPi clear and will be supported by our own HPi check.
Mileage Records – MOT
– 06.04.2017 – 46,852 miles
– 14.04.2016 – 45,337 miles
– 16.04.2015 – 44,509 miles (online)
– 15.04.2014 – 43,966 miles
– 16.04.2013 – 43,278 miles
– 16.04.2012 – 41,505 miles
– 19.07.2011 – 36,734 miles (online)
– 01.07.2010 – 29,715 miles (online)
There’s no doubt the DB7 is an appreciating car and will continue to do so as it matures nicely into ‘classic’ status.
Mark has certainly done it again by buying an absolutely superb top of the range example with that oh so lovely V12 engine.
Personally I think blue is the only colour to have in this car, it’s so understated and elegant and suits the lines of the car. Especially with the lighter colour interior – it’s a great combination.
If you’re after the best DB7 V12 then I think you’d be hard pushed to find a better example in the market right now.
This auction listing was written by Adam from information gained from Rob (custodian of the vehicle) and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Rob will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.