2001 DB7 Vantage Volante
A well maintained DB7 Vantage Volante Manual, RHD in Aston Martin Solway Grey with Pacific Blue and Cream leather interior and Black Hood. It is a most attractive example in all of the right colours. With an average mileage of 43,450 miles, which can be authenticated, it has a full Aston Martin Main Dealer service history. An unusual but attractive feature of this car is that it comes with a 6 speed manual gearbox. It is a car that represents seriously good value in todays market.
Fitted with an excellent Becker radio and sound system, it has the added attraction of a Bluetooth mobile phone connection capability.
The DB7 was the first Aston Martin to come from Fords ownership of Aston Martin in 1989, the DB7 was announced in 1994. It was a particularly elegant and beautiful design, styled by Ian Callum, that at the time was rightly regarded as one of the most beautiful ever produced. Initially made with a 6 cylinder 3.2 litre supercharged engine, the DB7 was based on a heavily revised and updated Jaguar XJS platform, enabling design and production to start quickly and at a cost that was affordable. The DB7 sold in record numbers. There were 2450 DB7 and DB7 Volante cars made.
Following from the experience of the DB7, it soon became apparent that the chassis design could handle significantly higher power and that to put Aston Martin right in the top drawer of Grand Touring cars, that a serious uprating would be possible and desirable. This duly came in 1999, with the announcement of the DB7 Vantage. Now with a V12 6 litre engine, performance was significantly increased with a top speed approaching 180mph, with acceleration to match. The DB7 Vantage was manufactured from 1999 to 2004, by when a total of 4600 cars had been sold.
The DB7 was a first for Aston Martin in that it was the first car since 1954 not to have been designed and manufactured at Newport Pagnell. Instead the DB7 was manufactured as a joint Venture with TRW at a factory in Bloxham, Oxfordshire. Many people accuse the DB7 and the DB7 Vantage as a Jaguar in drag. It is not. While the layout of the chassis and a small number of components are common to the XJS, the fact is that there is very little in common. Not only has performance escalated well beyond any XJS, the body design, engine and suspension are unique and the car has a totally different character, with vastly improved road holding, comfort levels, braking and of course acceleration and top speed.
The DB7 and DB7 Vantage are at the forefront of affordable Aston Martin motoring. With all of the style and quiet elegance of the best traditions of Aston Martin, this DB7 Vantage Volante represents superb value. Genuine examples are now few and far between and rightly much sought after. She will be sold fully serviced and with a new MoT. With a most attractive specification, this is a car that longs to be used for those long Continental trips, where the effortless performance and incomparable touring qualities of the car will come to the fore. It is a car that will not be around for long and an early inspection is highly recommended.
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