Lot 81: Aston Martin DB7
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 revived the nomenclature of the much vaunted and now highly collectable David Brown Astons of the '50s and '60s, but had been subjected to more testing and development work than any of the marque's previous models. As Ford also owned Jaguar at the time, the newcomer was based on a modified XJS platform and, though the memorable styling owed much to the stillborn Jaguar F-Type, the final look was crafted in-house Ian Callum. Power came from a supercharged, Jaguar-derived, straight-six DOHC unit of 3.2-litres capacity, that delivered 335bhp and 361lbft of torque. This was sufficient to propel the 1800kg 2+2 to 60mph in 5.7 seconds and to a top speed of around 165mph. The engine was mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic gearbox. The body structure comprised a steel monocoque chassis part clad with a mix of steel and moulded plastic panels. The luxurious interior was dominated by Connolly hide and walnut. Post July 1996 examples featured twin air bags and revised switchgear, seats, steering, brakes and suspension. They also had steel rather than the composite bonnets of the Series 1 cars. Some 7,000 DB7s were manufactured between 1994 and 2003 - by far the most of any Aston model to date. The DB7 was superseded by the DB9. This DB7 Coupe was manufactured in 1997 and is equipped with the automatic gearbox. Its Blue bodywork is complemented by Blue/Cream leather trim and Beige carpets. It currently displays an unwarranted 42,338 miles and is considered by the vendor to have "good" bodywork, paintwork, trim, engine and transmission. It is MOT'd into October.
H&H Sales Limited, The Imperial War Museum, Duxford
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£15680|
|Engine capacity (cc)||3929|
|Engine - cylinders|
|Number of doors||2|