Lot 244: Aston Martin DB7 áV8 Vantage
Introduced in 1993 to the public, the handsome new DB7 was Aston Martin's first six cylinder model since production of the DB6 Mk. II had finished in 1971. Styled by Ian Callum, its lines were evocative of earlier Aston Martin models and elements of the DB4/5/6 could be seen in its design. Arguably one of the most attractive looking cars ever produced by Aston Martin, the DB7 was well received and attracted new customers worldwide with its traditional layout of the curvaceous two door coupÚ body and powerful six cylinder engine. Power was supplied by an all alloy double overhead camshaft supercharged 24 valve inline, six cylinder engine which produced 335bhp @ 5750rpm. The supercharger was supplied by Eaton who also provided blowers for the mighty eight cylinder Vantage that was produced at Newport Pagnell at the same time as the DB7 at Bloxham. Regarded by many as the purest modern Aston Martin, the DB7 will undoubtedly be a collectable car for years to come and is equally at home in the city or out on the open road. This, however, is no ordinary DB7. Commissioned by a member of the Saudi Arabian Royal family, Aston Martin at Newport Pagnell somehow managed to squeeze a 6350cc, V8 Vantage engine into this outstanding car. A beautiful power bulge adorns the bonnet; not for cosmetic purposes as is often the case, but out of necessity in fitting such a huge engine into the space where a straight-six would normally rest. The brakes are courtesy of AP Racing - without doubt a necessity in stopping this 452bhp beast. Suspension and steering have also been uprated to accommodate the performance of this remarkable car. Sounding like no other DB7, the V8 badge on the rear gives an indication as to what one can expect, but when driven on the open road, the exhaust note and thunderous roar from the bonnet leave no doubt as to how much power is available. Finished in Cheviot red with parchment leather trim, piped in oxblood and matching claret carpets, this Aston Martin DB7 V8 Vantage is a collector's dream, having only covered 3,220 miles from new. The performance of the car can be summed up in one word: "staggering".
Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Museum
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