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Lot 387: Aston Martin DB7 Volante

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

It was the company's 1987 acquisition by Ford that ensured the future of Aston Martin, and the former's takeover of Jaguar two years later that made possible the revival of the 'DB' line, dormant since 1970. A shortened and modified XJ6 saloon platform formed the basis for the DB7. 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 Jaguar AJ-6 unit, which was endowed with suitable power courtesy of an 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 DB7 Volante is finished in Racing Green with green-piped tan leather interior. Other noteworthy features include heated front and rear screens, electrically heated and adjustable front seats, cruise control, Pioneer CD/radio with electric aerial, front and rear fog lights, and a quarter tonneau cover. Recent repairs/replacements include the battery, clutch, brakes, front tyres, supercharger driveshaft and suspension bushes. Always maintained by Aston Martin specialists, the car is offered with HPI printout, sundry bills, current road fund licence, MoT to 27th November 2013, Swansea V5 and two sets of keys. A mesh front grille and battery cut-out switch are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number387
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£16500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£18975
Year1997
Condition rating2
Registration numberD7 GJF
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFAA311XVK201438
Engine numberAM/0301271
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors