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Aston Martin DB7 Vantage - £31,950

Chassis Number: SCFAB12362K302896

Engine Number: AM2/02958

UK Registration Number: PW 02 AML

Date of first reg: 28th March 2002

Exterior colour: Stronsay Silver

Hood:

Interior colour: Navy Blue/Light Grey

Current Odometer reading: 71,600

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Automatic Heated Front Windscreen

Options: AM Stainless Steel Grille, AM Reversing Sensors


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.

To some people, a car is just a set of wheels – to many Aston Martin owners, their car is a passion and so it is with the current owner of this DB7 Vantage. You can measure that in the £25,000 spent during his ownership, his involvement with Vantage Magazine in showing off his pride and joy – maybe it is his attendance at a lecture given by Ian Callum, the car’s designer together with subsequent correspondence.

That passion delivers excellence in a modern classic and definitely one for your shopping list.

Vehicle History

This lovely DB7 Vantage was supplied new by PJ Evans of Birmingham to a Mr Pryjmachuk on 28th March 2002 – PJ Evans maintained the car (and stamped the book) through to 12th November 2005 when it was sold to its second registered keeper, Stratstones of Wilmslow in Cheshire and strangely enough the next service was with Stratstones but in Cardiff on 15th December 2005 with a recorded mileage of 45,624.

A third Stratstones branch, Derby, sold the car on 15th May 2006 to the third owner a Mr E Hirst who continued the exemplary maintenance of the car at Stratstones of Derby until the car was sold to the current owner when the mileage was recorded around 66,000 miles.

Since that time, it can be seen that the car has covered barely 5,000 miles and it would be fair to say that the car has had care lavished upon it. As well as routine maintenance, Chiltern Aston were commissioned to carry out body maintenance and repair, bumper brackets and skirt brackets have all been replaced, a new front nearside wing fitted when bubbles started appearing through the composite. Both rear quarters were stripped with any corrosion addressed and waxoyl pumped into voids.

New badges, GT switchgear, aluminium pedals, new wheel centres, new wheel nuts, new brake calipers – the list is extensive. As the owner says “At least the buyer won’t face the £6,000 bill that I paid out on my first service!”

The car appeared in an article in Vantage magazine (a copy comes with the car) and the Handbook sports the autograph of Ian Callum from when the owner met him after a lecture – yes, this is a real enthusiast’s car just ready for its new owner to enjoy.

The owner and his wife retired to France near Limousin and although the well maintained smooth roads (without potholes ) in France and the lovely weather are perfect for the DB&, another project calls and so the Aston is reluctantly going to have to pay for it!

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

12.05.06    45,810
08.05.07    50,675
13.05.08    54,459
28.04.09    58,290
12.05.10    61,720
05.05.11    66,374
14.04.12    67,657
27.04.13    68,337
17.04.14    68,974
30.05.15    69,870
27.05.16    70,669
17.05.17    71,319**

Service and Maintenance Record

27.03.02- Mileage: 00,011- Service Agent: PJ Evans

Pre delivery inspection

19.04.02- Mileage: 01,334- Service Agent: PJ Evans

1,000-mile service

07.10.02- Mileage: 09,339- Service Agent: PJ Evans

7,500-mile service

07.04.03- Mileage: 17,215- Service Agent: PJ Evans

15,000-mile service

04.08.03- Mileage: 24,608- Service Agent: PJ Evans

22,500-mile service

21.01.04- Mileage: 33,109- Service Agent: PJ Evans

30,000-mile service

15.11.04- Mileage: 35,947- Service Agent: PJ Evans

37,500-mile service

15.12.05- Mileage: 45,624- Service Agent: Stratstone Cardiff

52,500-mile service

11.05.06- Mileage: 45,810- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

52,500-mile service

07.11.06- Mileage: 48,856- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

60,000-mile service

08.05.07- Mileage: 50,674- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

67,500-mile service, MOT, replace anti roll bar drop link bushes

13.05.08- Mileage: 54,462- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

75,000-mile service, MOT

08.07.08- Mileage: 55,039- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

Replace power steering hoses

28.04.09- Mileage: 58,289- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

Replace rear exhaust clamps, replace number plate bulbs, adjust n/s headlamp, MOT

14.07.09- Mileage: 59,086- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

82,500-mile service, replace ignition coils and crankshaft oil seal

10.11.09- Mileage: 60,662- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

Passenger door handle u/s, internal mechanism faulty, handle replaced. Engine light showing, vacuum hose split, replaced. Winter health check carried out

12.05.10- Mileage: 61,718- Service Agent: Stratstone Derby

90,000-mile service, MOT and s/fit o/s door handle, supply and fit n/s/f tyre

12.05.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works

Parts only: Wheel centre badges

21.05.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Protyres

Supply, fit and balance 2 x 265/35R18 tyres with valves, balance etc

24.05.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Number plate bulbs, paint pot & lacquer kit

09.06.11- Mileage: 67,274- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

7,500-mile service, fit 2 new door strikers, fit new centre cubby box assembly, fit top coolant hose, fit new rear radius arms, fit front top wishbone bushes, rust protect the underbody as required, fit new clean airt trunkings, fit clear side repeaters

25.08.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only DB7 wing to headlamp foam

28.08.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only DB7 no plate plinth rubber

03.10.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: DB7 wiper spindle cap

20.10.11- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Parts & Performance

Parts only: Reconditioned heater matrix

09.02.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Blue overmats

26.03.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Battery

23.04.12- Mileage: 67,793- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

15,000-mile service fit new aerial mast bolt check rear suspension, carry out throttle set up, change brake fluid, fit new boot struts, fit new multi drive belt, fit front top shock absorber mountings

16.05.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Rear quarter corrosion

02.07.13- Mileage: 68,423- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

7,500-mile service, fit new coolant system radiator, re-gas air con, fit new pressure cap, immobilise boot beep

16.07.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

N/S/F wing and strakes

22.08.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works

Parts only: Bonnet rear seal

28.08.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Works

Parts only: Centre vent, road wheel valve caps

05.06.14- Mileage: 69,184- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Roof and n/s door repair

05.07.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Soft feel door escutcheon

08.08.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Bonnet switch, steering wheel

18.08.15- Mileage: 70,120- Service Agent: ASTONDB7.COM

7,500-mile service

22.10.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: HWM

Parts only: Remote control transmitter, wheel locking kit

25.07.16- Mileage: 70,848- Service Agent: ASTONDB7.COM

15,000-mile service, adjust wipers, fit boot sealing rubber, replace front mounts for front subframe, grease drive shafts and fulcrums. Service both rear hub housing pivots replacing sleeve on l/h/hub

28.07.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: LH and RH side/fog lamp row

29.07.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: heelcraft

Refurbish Aston Martin Wheel

13.09.16- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: DB7 No Plate plinth and front plate housing

20.12.17- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Aston Martin Sevenoaks

Parts only: Pressure cap assembly

19.06.18- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Chiltern Aston

Parts only: Water pump hose


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