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2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE - £31,950

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Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993, the DB7 was scheduled to follow the DB6 (now there is a surprise), but because of marketing it was the DBS and we had to wait for 27 years for the DB7 to appear. Originally, it was the brainchild of Victor Gauntlet, who first suggested a new smaller Aston Martin in 1990. Production was to be sited at a new factory in Milton Keynes. However, the advent of the Ford Motor Company not only provided funding but also the dynamic Walter Hayes. Code-named DP1999, development of the new car was charged to Rod Mansfield, Engineering Director. In 1993, at the invitation of Walter Hayes, Sir David Brown became life president of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. This provided the perfect opportunity to revive the DB prefix. The new production was established at Bloxham, near Banbury and Aston Martin Oxford Ltd was born. Chassis number sequence begins at: 100,001. The body is a semi-monocoque shell with composite materials used for some of the outer panels. The designed by Ian Callum captures the very essence of 'Aston Martin'. The elegant shaped radiator opening and the consequence compound curves of the front of the bonnet can be traced back to the DB3S. The sculpted interior with its predominate curved lines, is trimmed in Connolly leather and further complimented by burr walnut panels. After the DB7 had been in production for some four years, demand for more performance prompted a joint engineering programme between Fords advanced vehicle technology department and Cosworth engineering. The DB7 Vantage coupe and Volante was introduced at The Geneva Salon on the 9th March 1999 and marked the production of the first 12-cylinder Aston Martin. The engine is an all alloy multi valve 6.0 Litre V12 producing 420 horsepower with a top speed of 180 m.p.h. and able to accelerate to 60 m.p.h. in 5.0 seconds. Controlled by a sophisticated Visteon electronic engine management system offering monitoring and coordination of many parameters such as ignition strategy, traction control, exhaust emission and diagnostics, this engine employs the most advanced manufacturing techniques and use of composites. Both 6-Speed close ratio manual and a ZF 5-speed automatic transmission option was available. To cope with the extra performance, the chassis and drive train underwent some changes to improve tensional rigidity. Suspension improvements included new upper and lower wishbones and rear vertical links, revised damping ratings and new more ridged Bilstein shock absorbers. Brakes linked to the Teves 4 channel electronic anti-lock control systems, Brembo callipers bite on 355 mm cross-drilled disk to the front, 330 mm to the rear. The Vantage was equipped with specially designed 15' diameter road wheels, shod with ZR rated Bridgestone SO2 tyres special to the Aston Martin requirements. Bodyworks enhancements were limited to slightly flared sills and a larger opening front air intake finished with a new bright work slated grille. Front and rear bumpers were improved in impact absorption, the rear under bumper section redesigned to accommodate the larger bore exhaust tailpipes. New front driving lights and indicators were featured as an integral part of the deeper more aerodynamic front air dam and a high-level third brake light to meet current legislation. Cockpit changes were limited to improved instrumentation, more comfortable and supportive multifunctional heated sports seating for driver and passenger, the engine now being fired by way of a red starter button positioned in the centre console below a more traditional analogue clock. As with exterior coachwork, customers were now able to choose from virtually any interior leather and finishing combination along with a selection of veneer and inlays of alternative materials such as Aluminium and Carbon Fibre. Summary:; In a crowded market place, Aston Martins always stand head and shoulders above the rest and there is recognition of the DB7 Vantage as a modern classic. To some people, a car is just a set of wheels - to many Aston Martin owners, their car is a passion and so it is with the current owner of this DB7 Vantage. You can measure that in the 25,000 spent during his ownership, his involvement with Vantage Magazine in showing off his pride and joy - maybe it is his attendance at a lecture given by Ian Callum, the car's designer together with subsequent correspondence. That passion delivers excellence in a modern classic and definitely one for your shopping list. Vehicle History; This lovely DB7 Vantage was supplied new by PJ Evans of Birmingham to a Mr Pryjmachuk on 28th March 2002 - PJ Evans maintained the car (and stamped the book) through to 12th November 2005 when it was sold to its second registered keeper, Stratstones of Wilmslow in Cheshire and strangely enough the next service was with Stratstones but in Cardiff on 15th December 2005 with a recorded mileage of 45,624. A third Stratstones branch, Derby, sold the car on 15th May 2006 to the third owner a Mr E Hirst who continued the exemplary maintenance of the car at Stratstones of Derby until the car was sold to the current owner when the mileage was recorded around 66,000 miles. Since that time, it can be seen that the car has covered barely 5,000 miles and it would be fair to say that the car has had care lavished upon it. As well as routine maintenance, Chiltern Aston were commissioned to carry out body maintenance and repair, bumper brackets and skirt brackets have all been replaced, a new front nearside wing fitted when bubbles started appearing through the composite. Both rear quarters were stripped with any corrosion addressed and waxoyl pumped into voids. New badges, GT switchgear, aluminium pedals, new wheel centres, new wheel nuts, new brake calipers - the list is extensive. As the owner says 'At least the buyer won't face the 6,000 bill that I paid out on my first service!'; The car appeared in an article in Vantage magazine (a copy comes with the car) and the Handbook sports the autograph of Ian Callum from when the owner met him after a lecture - yes, this is a real enthusiast's car just ready for its new owner to enjoy. The owner and his wife retired to France near Limousin and although the well maintained smooth roads (without potholes ) in France and the lovely weather are perfect for the DB&, another project calls and so the Aston is reluctantly going to have to pay for it!

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  • Transmission 69197354786223e29b85070a0695cc247a4c2b215c743673c2d02e864b4cd687 N/A
  • Steering ca68a9643bbb915d30839040f432af59e679db8cf98e23a4378cbef2ed805059 RHD
  • RefCode: TA1144131

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