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Lot 427: Aston Martin DB7 Coupé

The Harrogate Sale, Bonhams (13 November 2013)

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 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 the end of DB6 production in 1970. Jaguar's axed XJ-S replacement - the XJ41 - was nevertheless deemed 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 sports cars, 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 automatic transmission DB7 Coupé has been owned for the last seven years by an active AMOC member and is only being sold to make way for a modern replacement. Finished in Malvern Silver with Parchment hide interior, 'N454 AKP' boasts Speedline Alessio wheels in excellent condition and the desirable factory fitted 'extras' of cruise control, heated windscreen, Cobra alarm/immobiliser and an Alpine radio/cassette/CD 6-stack auto-changer sound system. We are advised that the air conditioning benefits from £2,000 spent on an overhaul, including re-gassing, and that the Aston is in generally good condition, the engine quiet and using negligible oil/water and the gearbox changing smoothly. The car is offered with sundry bills, SORN, MoT to April 2014 and Swansea V5C registration document.

Lot Details
Auction The Harrogate Sale
Bonhams, Harrogate, Yorkshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number427
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£12500
Hammer Price (inc premium)£14375
Year1996
Condition rating2
Registration numberN454 AKP
Mileage-
Chassis numberSCFAA11175K100622
Engine numberAM10200704
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors