Aston Martin Vantage VOLANTE DB7 2001

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45 000 - 65 000 €
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Result : 52 220 €

Aston Martin Vantage VOLANTE DB7 2001

The first V12-engined Aston Martin
2+2 with timeless lines
Service books, excellent overall condition

French registration papers
Chassis number: SCFAB42341K401958

Launched in 1993, the Aston Martin DB7 literally saved the manufacturer from bankruptcy. Magnificently styled, well finished and quick, the model proved a success. The man responsible for Aston Martin’s resurrection in the 1980s, Victor Gauntlett understood that for the business to survive and to bring out new models, the company needed to increase its output with a more modern and practical car. Beginning in this way in 1990, the project was made possible thanks to the investment made by the giant Ford group in the English firm. Design work and engineering development were entrusted to the TWR Group (Tom Walkinshaw Racing), which was enjoying much success at the time with its official Jaguar XJR models in the World Sportscar Championship. At last, in March 1993, the DB7 was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. It was equipped with a light-alloy 3228cc straight-six engine with dual overhead camshafts, producing 335bhp. It would be 1999 before a high-performance version came out: the DB7 V12 Vantage, the first ever Aston to be powered by a V12 engine. It was a sixlitre unit developing 420bhp. The Volante variant (the name given by Aston to its convertibles) followed. With just 2046 units built, it is a rare and sought-after version, but prices remain affordable.

The model which we are offering for sale was first registered in Florida in June 2001 and was owned by a major American collector for nearly seven years, before he replaced it with a Zagato version in 2008.
Staying in Florida, it changed hands in 2008 and 2013, as can be seen from the service book and invoices with the car.
It was never involved in an accident and was always carefully maintained before being imported into France. Dispatched at once to Aston Martin Paris, a service costing more than 3500 euros was carried out, and last April both rear tyres were replaced. Elegantly finished in metallic dark blue, set off by its interior in two-tone blue and beige leather, which is in perfect condition, this Aston Martin DB7 Volante is certainly one of the most attractive 2+2 convertibles to be fitted with a V12 engine.
On test, the car handled exceedingly well, the operation of its Touchtronic automatic transmission proving ideally suited to the character of this Aston Martin. There can be no doubt that this model’s numerous qualities will see its value climb rapidly in the years to come.
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