Lot 666: 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Coupé
‘Aston Martin is back with its most promising product since the DB4 35 years ago. It’s the best looking British sportscar since the E-Type and an imperious chassis, gutsy engine and sumptuous cabin mean its talents are much more than skin-deep. Classic GTs come no finer this side of a Ferrari 456GT. Even without the emotional knee-jerk reaction to a car of such beauty, the DB7 is a triumph. In nigh-on every area of engine and chassis performance it has what it takes to hold its own against the opposition and, in many spheres, shows them the way home.’ - Autocar
It was the company’s 1987 acquisition by Ford which ensured the future of Aston Martin, and the former’s takeover of Jaguar two years later which made possible the revival of the DB line, dormant since the end of DB6 production in 1970. Jaguar’s axed XJ-S replacement - the XJ41 - was deemed more suitable as an ‘entry level’ Aston Martin, and work on the project commenced towards the end of 1991, responsibility for the final design being given to Tom Walkinshaw’s JaguarSport company.
Brilliantly styled by Ian Callum in a manner reminiscent of the traditional Aston Martin, the body was notable for employing numerous composite-material panels in its construction. The chosen engine was a 3.2-litre version of the twin-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder AJ-6 unit that had replaced the venerable XK in Jaguar’s saloon range. This was endowed with a suitable power output courtesy of a water-cooled Eaton supercharger. The result was 335bhp and a top speed of 160mph, a performance that put the DB7 on a par with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz 500SL and Porsche 928.
This right-hand drive DB7 Coupé was purchased by the current owner at Bonhams’ Olympia Sale on 4th December 2006 (Lot 614) and comes with full Aston Martin agent service history. An automatic transmission model finished in Pentland Green with unmarked Parchment leather interior, ‘R616 EGH’ has covered only 500-or-so miles since acquisition by the vendor and currently displays a total of circa 65,000 on the odometer. Sold only because its owner is moving to the USA, the car is presented in stunning condition and benefits from recently fitted new tyres. It is offered with the aforementioned service history, owner’s manual, two sets of keys, current MoT certificate and Swansea V5. Fitted by an Aston Martin dealer, a CD player is the only notified deviation from factory specification.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
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