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Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante - £39,950

Chassis Number: SCFAB42391K401289

Engine Number: AM2/01323

UK Registration Number: n/a.

Date of first reg: 27th February 2002

Exterior colour: Silver

Hood: Black

Interior colour: Black Leather

Current Odometer reading: 42,841km

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Left

Transmission: Touch Tronic

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Background

The Volante or soft top version of the DB7 was planned from the beginning and the development of a dedicated convertible design began once the form of the coupe had been established. But the two cars were treated as separate entities with no thought of compromise. “We actually clay modelled the raised roof” recalled Ian Callum in a recent interview, “and I worked closely with the trimmers at Aston Martin to learn the constraints coming from the hood material and the folding mechanism, and to ensure that the hood had the correct form. The skills of the trimmers ensured that the silhouette of the raised roof reflects the purity and elegance that characterised the rest of the car.”

The end result is a car that, from the edge of the doors forward, the Volante is virtually identical to the coupe. However, the rear panels are redesigned to produce a shape with a longer boot lid and stowage space for the hood, though this was not designed to fold out of sight. What was out of sight was the extra stiffening and the strengthening of the screen surrounds which delivered some degree of roll over protection. To satisfy US type approval, a larger rear bumper was fitted pushing the overall length up by 3 inches. The tailored hood was operated by electric controls and the overall weight of the car raised a total of 150 kilograms. So, in spite of the otherwise unchanged specification (no rear anti roll bar) slower acceleration and lower top speeds resulted.

The construction of the DB7 was a departure from established Aston Martin practice. Rather than the traditional hand-made aluminium skin attached to a steel platform, the new car had a steel semi-monocoque body shell with steel panels together with composite bonnet, sills and boot lid. The bodies were made in Coventry and then sent to Rolls Royce in Crewe for painting and finally to the new facility at Bloxham where engines, running gear and interior trims were fitted.

The installation of a new paint plant at Bloxham in 2000 shortened that production process and put Aston Martin in closer control. At the 1999 Geneva Motor Show Aston Martin launched a new version – the DB7 Vantage. The new car had a 48 valve, all alloy 60-degree 6.0 litre V12 that had been developed by Cosworth and forged in their foundry. It incorporated the latest Formula 1 technology and had a Visteon engine management system capable of processing 1.6 million commands per second. The car, like the original DB7, had been subjected to a rigorous test programme – not for Aston Martin of the ‘90’s was there to be discoveries about high speed engine problems as they had experienced in the 1960’s with the DB4. The DB7 Vantage had a high-speed durability test running for 48 hours continuously at 165 mph in hot mid-summer in Southern Europe.

The new engine produced a massive 420 b.h.p. and a performance potential of over 180 mph and there had to be other areas of development in the car. The Brembo brakes, run through a Teves four channel anti-lock braking system, half ventilated, cross drilled front discs of 14” diameter. Special 15-inch alloy wheels were specially developed with 9-inch rims at the rear and 8-inch rims for the front wheels. Added to that were an advanced traction control system and revised suspension. New upper and lower wishbones linked a new vertical link at the front while at the rear, there was an additional transverse link incorporated. The modifications were completed by Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated springs.

To accommodate the V12 engine and the associated 6 speed manual or 5 speed automatic gearbox, the underside of the car had to be redesigned. This involved an enlarged transmission tunnel and new front-end structure with increased strength and torsional rigidity built into the revised structure. New cooling requirements meant wider radiator openings and justified the new bright metal grille while new bumpers and integrated sill design blended in the other subtle external differences. Inside the car was standard Aston Martin luxury with Connolly hide and the introduction of a large red starter button mounted in the centre console. At missile control, that red starter button would have a large, lockable lever preventing accidental use, such is the power it unleashes. Press the button and almost primeval forces are set free, the initial thunder of the engine settling back into a barely perceptible burble. Engage gear, brace your neck and accelerate – power, beauty and soul.

Summary:

With performance to spare, wonderful good looks, an original left-hand drive and a great ownership history, this will be a fantastic car for Continental touring or perhaps keeping at your Mediterranean hideaway for sunny Summer days.

Byron International can organise UK registration details if required, but, even outside the EU, Monaco has reciprocal arrangements with EU registration authorities and transfer to your local licencing authority will be simple.

A great time to buy and then plenty of time to enjoy this modern classic.

Vehicle History

This lovely car is a 2001 model registered to its first owner in Bologna, Italy 0n 27th February 2002. The only records of this ownership come in the form of the new car warranty document and the service stamps which note a service on 5th November 2002 at an odometer reading of 7,500. The car then finds its second and current owner through the services of British Motors in Monaco – in fact the owner divides his time between Monaco and Madrid and the car remains under its Monégasque registration.

The owner has been described by his family as an avid sports car enthusiast, having always owned a sports car or two at any given time since his 20’s. The cars were mostly used locally for commuting and never for road trips. He has owned numerous Ferraris, Corvettes, Lamborghinis, Mercedes SL's in addition to three Astons. asked which car was his favourite and without hesitation he says the Aston. He also enjoyed the process of buying them priding himself in his deal making prowess, and was able to trade up over the years to better and better cars.

During the 1980’s the owner was President of Philip Morris Spain, who were major sponsor of Grand Prix cars and drivers with the Marlboro brand. He attended, even hosted, many of the pre-race dinners with the drivers and rubbed elbows with all of them. James Hunt, Emerson Fittipaldi, Niki Lauda to name a fewand his children remember attending races with him in Watkins Glen, Monaco and Jarama.

So service records from both Monaco and Spain are understandable and complete the picture of a low mileage example of one of Aston Martin’s acknowledged modern classics that has been owned by a discerning and enthusiastic driver.

MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

There are currently no MOT history details for this car.

Service and Maintenance Record

05.11.02- Mileage: 07,500 km- Service Agent: Emilianauto S.p.A, Bologna

1,000 mile service

14.05.04- Mileage: 18,460 km- Service Agent: British Motors

12,000 km service, replace oil, air and fuel filters, replace front and rear brake pads, replace two tyres, re-charge air conditioning,

11.02.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Parts only ANAGRAMA

30.03.06- Mileage: 22,232km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Check lights, Disassemble and assemble trunk lining to reset multiple trunk lid connector Review and correct door handle levels

17.07.06- Mileage: 26,472 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

24,000 km service

28.11.06- Mileage: 26,940 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Rectify hood not working, check engine turns on and pulls

26.12.06- Mileage: 26,940 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Get breakdown codes review engine management components and mount intake bodies and throttle bodies to check cylinder compressions. Replace spark plugs and coils to clean body of butterflies make adjustment and synchronize potentiometers of butterflies. Check fuel pressure and flow, replace injector 4 then replace all 12.

26.01.09- Mileage: 29,412 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

36,000 km service

06.02.09- Mileage: 29,482 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Replace radiator clean control circuit and test

27.03.09- Mileage: 28,672 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Review engine codes, check intake manifold and pipes to locate air intake. Replace upper bench oxygen sensor. Review and correct levels, check lights, final control and rec. test

06.04.09- Mileage: 29,710 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Fuel and sublet work

27.07.09- Mileage: 33,293 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Check and locate oil leak. Unhook steering rack to replace high and low pressure hoses. Replace oil radiator hose.

17.02.12- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Pilot

27.02.12- Mileage: 38,465 km- Service Agent: C de Salamanca, Madrid

Change engine oil and check levels, read and delete fault codes and print trace. Check air intakes, replace air filters

09.06.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Euroauto Roazas, Madrid

2 x Goodyear 245 40 R 19 Tyres

09.09.15- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Rein Motor, Madrid

Plugs, coils, rocker cover gasket, injector joints, plug caps

10.01.18- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Rein Motor, Madrid

Oil change, oil filter, air filter and starter motor and battery, sensor


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