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Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante - £SOLD

Chassis Number: SCFAB32323K404015

Engine Number: AM2/0432

UK Registration Number: KE 53 ZDJ

Date of first reg: 27th September 2003

Exterior colour: Antrim Blue

Hood: Blue Mohair

Interior colour: Navy /Parchment

Current Odometer reading: 56,800

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Manual

Options: Powerfold Mirrors, Uprated Brakes,Sports Exhaust,iPod Dock, Heated Screens. Alloy Wheels with low profile tyres, Wire Grille

To arrange a visit please email sales@allastonmartin.com or to discuss, call Tim Foster on 07771 847290 or Philip Jones on 01737 244567.

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Introduction

A real driver’s car with its 6 speed manual gearbox and V12 6 litre engine, this beautifully presented Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante is the ultimate “wind in the hair” choice.

With just over 39,000 miles recorded on acquisition by the current owner, the MOT records demonstrate the validity of the odometer reading and confirms that this is a fine, low mileage example of a true modern Grand Tourer.

With the fitment of some desirable options and accessories, there can be few cars on the market today with a comparable service and ownership history making the choice of an Aston purchase very simple.

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Background

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, Kenwood car stereo 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:

A real driver's car with its 6 speed manual gearbox and V12 6 litre engine, this beautifully presented Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante is the ultimate "wind in the hair" choice.

With the fitment of some desirable options and accessories, there can be few cars on the market today with a comparable service and ownership history making the choice of an Aston purchase very simple.

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Vehicle History

Originally supplied by Grange Aston Martin of Welwyn in September 2003, this lovely car has had only three subsequent owners. The first change of keeper was in February 2005 when the original supplying dealer sold the car to a Ken Landsberg of London.

The service record shows two services on the same date, reflecting the standard service and a pre-delivery check over. The new owner selected to have the Tracker security system fitted at this time. The car's maintenance moved to Stratstones in London up to May 2005 when it was acquired by the current owner who also continued with the subscription to Tracker.

The thorough mechanical upkeep of the car was continued through HWM of Walton on Thames and then changed latterly to the care of Trinity Motors.

Over the seven years of his ownership, Mr Thomas enjoyed the car in exactly the way it was designed - this is evidenced by photographs of Track Days at Goodwood, trips to Le Mans as well as family and Classic events - but throughout, the car has been garaged, never driven in Winter months and it has been meticulously maintained. In 2012, storms bought down a tree on the owner's garage which in turn caused paint damage to the car. His misfortune was the next owner's good luck as the insurance paid for a full professional respray by Trinity Motors.

We at Byron International know this detail as in 2014, we brokered the car to the current owner, a German national working in High Wycombe. A pre-purchase inspection by Newlands Motors confirmed the integrity of the car and the maintenance transferred to their local dealer Hofmanns of Henley.

With just over 39,000 miles recorded on acquisition by the current owner, the MOT records demonstrate the validity of the odometer reading and confirms that this is a fine, low mileage example of a true modern Grand Tourer

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MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

05.09.06    12,458
16.05.07    13,919
18.01.09    23,685
07.12.09    27,052
08.12.10    29,377
23.01.12    31,671
22.02.13    35,342
14.01.14    38,822
18.08.14    39,051
10.08.15    43,294
24.08.16    47,950
15.08.17    49,967
28.08.18    52,188
19.08.19    53,954
10.09.21    56,744

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Service and Maintenance Record

05.09.03- Mileage: 00,062- Service Agent: Grange Aston (Welwyn)

Pre-delivery inspection

11.11.03- Mileage: 01,164- Service Agent: Grange Aston (Welwyn)

1,000 mile service

30.04.04- Mileage: 05,740- Service Agent: Grange Aston (Welwyn)

7,500 mile/6 month service

23.02.05- Mileage: 10,002- Service Agent: Grange Aston (Welwyn)

15,000 mile/ 12 month service

23.02.05- Mileage: 10,002- Service Agent: Grange Aston (Welwyn)

22,500 mile/ 18 month service

16.03.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tracker

Fitment of Tracker security system

16.01.06- Mileage: 11,200- Service Agent: Stratstone London

30,000 mile / 2 year service

07.09.06- Mileage: 12,454- Service Agent: Stratstone London

37,500 mile / 2.5 years service

11.05.07- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Tracker

Transfer of Tracker system to current owner

16.05.07- Mileage: 13,909- Service Agent: HWM

45,000 mile / 3 year service

11.12.07- Mileage: 18,410- Service Agent: HWM

52,500 mile / 3.5 years service, cleared evaporator drain tubes, adjust exhaust cruciform, replace leaking washer bottle, check iPod function

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

Tonneau cover repair

07.05.08- Mileage: 21,049- Service Agent: HWM

60,000 mile / 4 years service, Refit wiring to right side repeater lamp, check over for Track Day

28.11.08- Mileage: 23,635- Service Agent: HWM

67,500 mile / 4.5 years service, replace front brake pads, replace front tyres

20.01.09- Mileage: 23,700- Service Agent: HWM

MOT

04.06.09- Mileage: 24,296- Service Agent: HWM

75,000 mile / 5 years service, renew brake fluid, replace 4 exhaust clamps on rear box, replace o/s primary intake pipe, put spare bulb in boot

08.12.09- Mileage: 27,057- Service Agent: HWM

82,500 mile / 5.5 years service, replace remote batteries, MOT. Panel & paintwork: reshape dent in o/s/r quarter panel, and attend to gel coat on o/s/r lamp fillet panel, prepare and paint, flat and polish and refit.

06.09.10- Mileage: 29,070- Service Agent: HWM

Replace door mechanics on o/s outer door handle.

07.12.10- Mileage: 29,377- Service Agent: HWM

90,000 mile / 6 years service, MOT (spark plugs not replaced)

12.05.11- Mileage: 29,885- Service Agent: HWM

Engine check light on, replace 12 spark plugs and coils, replace broken clip on o/s door handle

12.01.12- Mileage: 31,671- Service Agent: HWM

MOT

19.04.12- Mileage: 32,115- Service Agent: HWM

97,500 mile / 6.5 years service

18.10.12- Mileage: 32,348 - Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Remove windscreen, clean off corrosion to lower A post pillars, prepare, prime and repaint windscreen pillars, fit new windscreen with new rubber seals and specified sealant, test operation of heated element, fit scuttle panel and bond into position with new seal and specified sealant, refit wipers and check sweep

18.10.12- Mileage: 32,348- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Remove all trim items and body fittings, lamp assemblies, hood etc and sand back and prepare and prime body for prime repairs, flate primer and paint complete exterior of vehicle , lacquer all areas, flat & polish (total invoice �14,128)

31.10.12- Mileage: 32,348- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Replace catalytic converter with new unit and secure with new gasket and clamp

29.11.12- Mileage: 34,678- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Replace both rear tyres

27.03.13- Mileage: 36,007- Service Agent: Trinity Engineering

Replace starter motor with new unit

07.08.14- Mileage: 39,000- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Appraisal Report

15.08.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Replace discs and pads, replace hub caps, rectify central locking faults, replace/modify boot lock assembly

19.08.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Prepare and take for MOT test

20.08.14- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Newlands Motors

Call out to puncture, s/fit tyre

10.08.15- Mileage: 43,294- Service Agent: Hoffmans of Henley

Service & MOT

25.08.16- Mileage: 47,950- Service Agent: Hoffmans of Henley

MOT

15.08.17- Mileage: 49,967- Service Agent: Hoffmans of Henley

Service & MOT, replace n/s/f track rod end, replace both front anti roll bar linkages

19.08.19- Mileage: 53,954- Service Agent: Tower Garage Marlow

MOT test and adjust headlamp

27.08.20- Mileage: 56,527- Service Agent: Auto Mobil XAPF GmbH

Trace and switch off fault code, replace and balance all four tyres

10.09.21- Mileage: 56,774- Service Agent: Tower Garage Marlow

MOT test, engine diagnostics check, cleared all codes, fabricate headlamp brackets to adjust N/S beam

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