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Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Automatic - £37,950

Chassis Number: SCFAB12321K302005

Engine Number: AM2/02045

UK Registration Number: Y447 RNU

Date of first reg: 5th July 2001

Exterior colour: Mendip Blue

Hood:

Interior colour: Parchment with Pacific

Current Odometer reading: 49,385

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Automatic

Options: Heated Front Screen


Background

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993, the DB7 was scheduled to follow the DB6 (now there is a surprise), but because of marketing it was the DBS and we had to wait for 27 years for the DB7 to appear. Originally, it was the brainchild of Victor Gauntlet, who first suggested a new smaller Aston Martin in 1990. Production was to be sited at a new factory in Milton Keynes. However, the advent of the Ford Motor Company not only provided funding but also the dynamic Walter Hayes. Code-named DP1999, development of the new car was charged to Rod Mansfield, Engineering Director. In 1993, at the invitation of Walter Hayes, Sir David Brown became life president of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. This provided the perfect opportunity to revive the DB prefix. The new production was established at Bloxham, near Banbury and Aston Martin Oxford Ltd was born. Chassis number sequence begins at: 100,001.

The body is a semi-monocoque shell with composite materials used for some of the outer panels. The designed by Ian Callum captures the very essence of ‘Aston Martin’. The elegant shaped radiator opening and the consequence compound curves of the front of the bonnet can be traced back to the DB3S. The sculpted interior with its predominate curved lines, is trimmed in Connolly leather and further complimented by burr walnut panels.

After the DB7 had been in production for some four years, demand for more performance prompted a joint engineering programme between Fords advanced vehicle technology department and Cosworth engineering. The DB7 Vantage coupe and Volante was introduced at The Geneva Salon on the 9th March 1999 and marked the production of the first 12-cylinder Aston Martin. The engine is an all alloy multi valve 6.0 Litre V12 producing 420 horsepower with a top speed of 180 m.p.h. and able to accelerate to 60 m.p.h. in 5.0 seconds.

Controlled by a sophisticated Visteon electronic engine management system offering monitoring and coordination of many parameters such as ignition strategy, traction control, exhaust emission and diagnostics, this engine employs the most advanced manufacturing techniques and use of composites. Both 6-Speed close ratio manual and a ZF 5-speed automatic transmission option was available.

To cope with the extra performance, the chassis and drive train underwent some changes to improve tensional rigidity. Suspension improvements included new upper and lower wishbones and rear vertical links, revised damping ratings and new more ridged Bilstein shock absorbers. Brakes linked to the Teves 4 channel electronic anti-lock control systems, Brembo callipers bite on 355 mm cross-drilled disk to the front, 330 mm to the rear. The Vantage was equipped with specially designed 15" diameter road wheels, shod with ZR rated Bridgestone SO2 tyres special to the Aston Martin requirements.

Bodyworks enhancements were limited to slightly flared sills and a larger opening front air intake finished with a new bright work slated grille. Front and rear bumpers were improved in impact absorption, the rear under bumper section redesigned to accommodate the larger bore exhaust tailpipes. New front driving lights and indicators were featured as an integral part of the deeper more aerodynamic front air dam and a high-level third brake light to meet current legislation.

Cockpit changes were limited to improved instrumentation, more comfortable and supportive multifunctional heated sports seating for driver and passenger, the engine now being fired by way of a red starter button positioned in the centre console below a more traditional analogue clock. As with exterior coachwork, customers were now able to choose from virtually any interior leather and finishing combination along with a selection of veneer and inlays of alternative materials such as Aluminium and Carbon Fibre.

Summary:

In a crowded market place, Aston Martins always stand head and shoulders above the rest and there is recognition of the DB7 Vantage as a modern classic.

Presented in a perfect colour combination and in a condition that reflects the focus of successive owners on the importance of service and maintenance of a performance car, this is not one to be missed.

Vehicle History

Originally supplied on 6th July 2001, by Paramount of Derby (later Stratstone) this is a car that has a great history both in terms of ownership and service/maintenance.

The first change in keeper came in August 2005 through the services of Aston Martin specialist HWM who sold the car to a Mrs Harmsworth and they continued with the maintenance of the car throughout her ownership to 2012 when the current owner took up the stewardship of the car.

This is the first Aston Martin that he has owned and he researched the DB7 model over a 2 year period before deciding to by this particular car from Duncan Hamilton in Hampshire. He has completed some 6,000 miles in the car and the MOT history shows that it has been used steadily over that period, mainly at weekends. It has always been garaged and was rarely seen out in the rain. Regular maintenance has continued with a local Aston Martin specialist and his focus has been on the detail condition of the car. It was entered in the AMOC Concours at Duxford in 2016 and received full marks for its original condition.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

01.08.07    19,603
30.07.08    25,926
25.09.09    34,923
23.09.10    42,096
29.09.11    43,379
24.09.12    43,433
13.09.13    45,124
17.09.14    46,430
03.09.15    47,482
26.09.16    48,368
12.09.17    48,954

Service and Maintenance Record

28.06.01- Mileage: 00,049- Service Agent: Paramount Derby

Pre-delivery inspection

13.08.01- Mileage: 00,730- Service Agent: Paramount Derby

1,000 mile service

19.03.02- Mileage: 01,889- Service Agent: Paramount Derby

7,500 mile service

04.03.03- Mileage: 04,556- Service Agent: Paramount Derby

15,000 mile service

14.07.04- Mileage: 07,470- Service Agent: Paramount Derby

22,500 mile service

02.08.05- Mileage: 08,029- Service Agent: HWM

30,000 mile service and Aston Martin Approved Multi-Point Inspection, MOT

28.07.06- Mileage: 12,430- Service Agent: HWM

Data log for engine faults, set up engine test cycle on WDS, check for vacuum leaks, and HO2 circuits, check MAF meters, remove hoses and re-tighten, evacuate A/C and re-charge, road test and data log

14.09.06- Mileage: 13,254- Service Agent: HWM

37,500 mile service, data log warning on ABS, replace L/H and R/H link leads, replace upper shock absorber bushes, fit new number plate

05.12.06- Mileage: 15,377- Service Agent: HWM

Fit new driver’s door handle

18.04.07- Mileage: 17,891- Service Agent: HWM

45,000 mile service, change brake fluid, replace cam cover gaskets, drill out and replace broken manifold stud

01.08.07- Mileage: 19,603- Service Agent: HWM

Replace all 4 tyres, MOT

02.11.07- Mileage: 20,622- Service Agent: HWM

52,500 mile service, replace driver’s seat base pin, replace headlamp seals

22.05.08- Mileage: 24,679- Service Agent: HWM

60,000 mile service, change brake fluid, replace battery, replace central locking fuse and replace alarm siren, fit new front brake pads, lubricate throttle spindle and adjust cables

15.01.09- Mileage: 29,047- Service Agent: HWM

67,500 mile service, s/fit new drive belt, s/fit new locking wheel nuts, strip down throttle spider, clean and lubricate all springs and refit, replace worn radius arms, replace front shock absorbers, replace cracked windscreen

28.09.09- Mileage: 34,919- Service Agent: HWM

Submit for MOT, refit clock glass, top up oil and anti-freeze

06.11.09- Mileage: 36,331- Service Agent: HWM

75,000 mile service, replace rear brake pads, replace both rear tyres, refit rear view mirror

02.03.10- Mileage: 37,151- Service Agent: HWM

Engine check light on logged for adaptive fuel too lean – all checks ok, identified fault as running too low on fuel

29.03.10- Mileage: 38,006- Service Agent: HWM

Engine check light on, check pipe work in engine bay, replace breather pipe, check catalysts, test throttle settings, locate secondary throttle sticking, replace upstream and downstream Lambda probes, replace broken exhaust clamp, fit new front shock absorber top bushes

21.05.10- Mileage: 39,855- Service Agent: HWM

Engine check light on, checked pipework, found breather pipes cracked but not holed, checked PCV valves at back of engine, all ok, reset

14.07.10- Mileage: 41,883- Service Agent: HWM

Replace left hand blower motor, replace fuel pumps and test fuel pressures

24.09.10- Mileage: 42,906- Service Agent: HWM

Re-gas air conditioning, MOT

13.10.10- Mileage: 42,543- Service Agent: HWM

82,500 mile service, change brake fluid, unblock air conditioning tubes, replace exhaust mounts

30.11.10- Mileage: 43,344- Service Agent: HWM

Replace plugs and coils, replace cam cover gasket on primary bank

30.09.11- Mileage: 43,380- Service Agent: HWM

MOT

28.09.12- Mileage: 43,433- Service Agent: HWM

MOT, re-gas air conditioning

14.03.13- Mileage: 43,553- Service Agent: AM Specialist Sittingbourne

90,000 mile service, replace wiper blades and carry out vehicle inspection

09.05.13- Mileage: 43,925- Service Agent: AM Specialist Sittingbourne

Remove front subframe, supply and fit new front upper and lower radius arm suspension bushes, refit. Carry out full geometry check

13.09.13- Mileage: 45,124- Service Agent: Herne Motors

MOT, replace fob batteries and R/H marker bulb

14.02.14- Mileage: 45,362- Service Agent: Herne Motors

Replace under bonnet brackets, remove rear bumper, prepare and paint and refit with two new stabiliser brackets, carry out paintwork repairs to both lower rear quarters

19.09.14- Mileage: 46,431- Service Agent: AM Specialist Sittingbourne

97,500 mile service, MOT, remove and repair grille, repair driver’s floor mat, 4 new wheel centres

20.04.16- Mileage: 47,708- Service Agent: Herne Motors

Paintwork repairs to lower L/H side and front apron, refurbish L/H front wheel

28.09.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: AM Specialist Sittingbourne

Annual service completed FOC reference invoice 19.09.14

23.02.18- Mileage: 49,107- Service Agent: AM Specialist Sittingbourne

Annual service and top up air conditioning


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