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Aston Martin DB7 Saloon i6 - £SOLD

Chassis Number: SCFAA1119SK100511

Engine Number: AM1/0100629

UK Registration Number: N 794 YKP

Date of first reg: 1st December 1995

Exterior colour: Mendip Mica Dark Blue Metallic

Hood:

Interior colour: Pacific with Parchment

Current Odometer reading: 17,717

Mileage Warranty:

Steering: Right

Transmission: Manual

Options: CD Autochanger, Wire Mesh 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

An Aston Martin DB7 i6 with a manual gearbox is a rare car – a real driver’s iteration of Ian Callum’s iconic design and a real classic in the making.

That circumstance has delivered an example like this to market with a verifiable low mileage, substantial service history and in outstanding condition is unusual and represents a real opportunity for a ground floor investment in Aston Martin and a certain future classic.

She has been the subject of expert re-commissioning at substantial cost meaning that she is ready to join a collection or be that launch pad to a pride in Aston Martin ownership.

Don’t delay – this is one to buy!

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Background

Background:

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1993, the DB7 was scheduled to follow the DB6 (now there’s 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 Bambury and Aston Martin Oxford Ltd was born. Chassis number sequence begins at: 100,001.

Code named NPX, the new design was subjected to far more development testing that any previous Aston Martin. Approximately 30 prototypes were driven in some of the most diverse areas in the world. From the altitude and heat of Arizona to the intense cold of Scandinavia. Also full use was made of Ford’s own test facilities.

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 it’s predominate curved lines, is trimmed in Connolly leather and further complimented by burr walnut panels. The instrument panel has round, analogue gauges with the exception of the clock, which has digital display. Front seats are electrically operated and designed to hold the body in place while making the most of cornering capability. Air conditioning is fitted, as is cruise control.

The engine is a light alloy, twin camshaft, supercharged in-line 6-cylinder, with a displacement of 3228 cc. The cylinder head has 4 valves per cylinder with Zytec electronic multi-point fuel injection. The Eaton ‘roots’ type supercharger is driven by a toothed belt from the crankshaft. To meet exhaust emission requirements, fuel is unleaded and the latest engine management systems are employed, together with an exhaust three-way catalyst. The power developed is 335 b.h.p. at 5600 rpm with a peak torque figure of 368lb.ft. at 3000 rpm. Transmission is either a Getrag manual 5-speed gearbox or a 4-speed GM automatic. Telvis antilock disc brakes are all mounted outboard. Steering is power assisted with 2.54 turns lock to lock. The independent wishbone suspension has coil springs and monotube dampers all round and there is an anti-roll bar controlling both front and rear systems. The 18 x 8 inch light alloy wheels are of a special design and are shod with Bridgestone 245/40ZR18 tyres. Autocar magazine, October 19th 1993, achieved 5.8 secs 0-60 mph, 14.4 secs 0-100 mph and a maximum speed of 157 mph.

Summary:

An Aston Martin DB7 i6 with a manual gearbox is a rare car – we are grateful to the Registrar of the Aston Martin Heritage Trust , Tim Cottingham, for some supplemental expert guidance

He immediately identified the car as a “pre-airbag” model – one of just 167 right hand drive manuals, he described the car as a bit lighter, great value with cheaper road tax and a real driver’s car. An original iteration of Ian Callum’s iconic design and a real classic in the making.

Some find the first of a new model very seductive, before it grows wheel arch extensions, body kits and larger engines. Light, original and a true testament to Aston Martin traditions of a 6-Cylinder in-line engine driven through a manual 5-Speed gearbox. What more do you need than this early DB7 an acknowledged classic Aston Martin.

That circumstance has delivered an example like this to market with a verifiable low mileage, substantial service history and in outstanding condition is unusual and represents a real opportunity for a ground floor investment in Aston Martin and a certain future classic.

Don’t delay – this is one to buy!

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Vehicle History

With its Supercharged 3.2 litre engine, sleek aerodynamic Ian Callum designed body married to a 5-speed manual gearbox, this is a real sportscar and, with a low recorded mileage and matching condition, one to look at very closely.

It has a very clearly recorded ownership and service history that validates its mileage and give a clear indication of why this car is a real classic investment. The records show that the car was first registered on 1st December 1995 to Mr. & Mrs. Drake of Tunbridge Wells – supplied by local Aston Martin dealers, Lancaster of Sevenoaks, they were responsible for the early maintenance of the car and its transfer to the second owner, a Mr. R Morris of Southwater in December 1998.

Based on the south coast, the new owner transferred servicing duties to Portfield of Chichester and he kept the car until September 2002 when the new name for Aston Martin in Chichester, Harwoods sold the car to C Booth of Arundel. Mr. Booth kept the car for only a short time and Harwoods again brokered a deal with a Mr. Hennige-Wigg whose passion for the car was shown in the long-term ownership and continued maintenance of the car until ill health kept the car off the road.

Under his stewardship, the car was a concours winner with the AMOC - 2004, Spring Concours Woburn Abbey, 1st in Newcomers, 2004, Autumn Concours, Basildon Park, 1st in Bloxham. For anyone considering continuing the pursuit of Concours honours, there are a set of ."Frisbee" style hub caps, albeit in need of some care and attention, available with the car. When the car was new, these would have been part of the specification giving the opportunity for full authenticity.

Sadly Mr. Hennige-Wigg passed away in May of 2021 and his widow contacted Byron International. The car was taken by covered transport in August 2021 to Aston Martin specialist, Chris Done of DB7.COM, where over the following two months, the car underwent a thorough check and re-commissioning.

This recommissioning was thorough and cost circa £7,000.00, it included provision of a new Cat One Cobra alarm system, new tyres and thorough checks on all mechanical and electrical power systems, together with a major annual service – it means that this is a car with outstanding ownership/mileage that is presented in a condition commensurate with that exceptional history.

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MOT History

MOT Date   Odometer

29.12.98    06,164
23.12.99    07,128
15.12.00    07,406
21.12.01    07,603
11.09.02    07,921
23.06.03    11,721
29.06.04    12,980
31.05.06    14,151
29.05.07    15,140
28.05.08    16,099
22.05.09    16,323
27.05.10    16,834
21.06.11    17,211
21.06.12    17,477
12.07.13    17,681
27.10.21    17,712

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Service and Maintenance Record

29.11.95- Mileage: 00,091- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

Pre-delivery inspection

22.04.96- Mileage: 00,939- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

1,000-mile service

04.11.96- Mileage: 3,039- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

7,500-mile service

06.06.97- Mileage: 4,662- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

15,000-mile service

06.01.98- Mileage: 05,505- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

22,500-mile service

16.11.98- Mileage: 06,105- Service Agent: Lancaster AML Sevenoaks

30,000-mile service

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

Transfer to new owner

30.03.99- Mileage: 06,335- Service Agent: Portfield AML Chichester

37,500-mile service

11.01.00- Mileage: 07,158- Service Agent: Portfield AML Chichester

45,000-mile service, check alarm and replace seat tilt knob

14.12.00- Mileage: 07,417- Service Agent: Portfield AML Chichester

52,500-mile service, service air conditioning, MOT

21.12.01- Mileage: 07,594- Service Agent: Portfield AML Chichester

60,000-mile service, MOT & re-charge air conditioning

10.09.02- Mileage: 07,921- Service Agent: Harwoods AML Chichester

67,500-mile service

23.06.03- Mileage: 11,721- Service Agent: Harwoods AML Chichester

75,000-mile service

05.02.04- Mileage: 12,525- Service Agent: Harwoods AML Chichester

82,500-mile service, adjust handbrake

17.11.05- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Manbat

New Varta Blue Dynamic battery

16.05.07- Mileage: 15,100- Service Agent: Harwoods AML Chichester

90,000-mile service, attend to rattle on nearside, adjust handbrake, unblock fuel filler bowl filter, resecure glovebox

17.04.09- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Cranleigh Autos

Repair to alloy wheel, supply and fit new Bridgestone 245 40 ZR 18 tyre

23.09.09- Mileage: 16,479- Service Agent: Harwoods AML Chichester

Investigate warning light on dash – idle erratic on start. Check warning lights, oxygen sensor bank fault – clear code and tested

10.07.13- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: RS Williams

Parts only: Brake shoe kit

12.07.13- Mileage: 17,681- Service Agent: Rudgwick Garage

Replace handbrake shoes (supplied)

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

Parts only: Pressure cap delivered to RS Williams for consignment to Mr. Hennige-Wigg

27.10.21- Mileage: 17,717- Service Agent: CP Done

Prepare for MOT and generally return to full roadworthy condition Remove failed brake booster assembly and fit second hand but tested brake booster. Needs to primed /bleed through rear brakes. Take off rear wheels for brake bleed. R/H was ok but l/h bleed nipple sheared. Take off this brake caliper and fit service exchange unit. Bleed fresh fluid through this new caliper. Take all 4 wheels off and to tyre shop to have new Michelin Pilote Sports fitted and wheels rebalanced. Diff sensor cable for speedo runs through a big grommet into the lower boot area. This grommet was loose behind rear subframe for some reason, refit. Prep car for MOT. Windscreen washer was found not to be working. Fit good second hand module, washers now all good. Driver’s door mirror would not swivel to the outer notch.Take mirror off door mount lube area that spring runs against and lever spring away temporarily to free up. Refit whole mirror to door and gently move to outer position. Good visibility rearwards now. A/C, found leak at LP service valve, as no pressure currently in system, remove Low Pressure Service Valve and the O ring underneath and replace with new (on parts bill in 1st Invoice) Pressure test system with CO2 at 60psi, seemed to hold pressure. Call out Auto A/C professional to evacuate system and refill with correct amount on new R134a. Test climate control in car on all functions. All flaps and motors work correctly.

03.11.21- Mileage: n/a.- Service Agent: Auto Audio Installations

Modular Cat 1 Alarm with microwave

11.11.21- Mileage: 17,782- Service Agent: CP Done

New Cat L Thatcham alarm system fitted. Take off front left hand wheel and wheel arch liner. Take down cover for fuel filter. Fit new fuel filter and connect to lines with new O Rings. All fittings Coppersliped. Pressure test system then refit filter cover Remove cover on air box which houses engine air filter. Fit new air filter. Refit cover with bolts Copperslipped against seizure. Refit wheel arch liner. Fit new hose and bleed out air from system through nipple onthis caliper, L/H front wheel bearing was found to now have play having been previously removed. Take off bearing cap, remove split pin and locking plate, adjust hub bearing up. Refit locking plate with new split pin, refit cap. Put wheel back on. Clean out Clutch master cylinder fluid, refill with fresh. Bleed fresh fluid through slave cylinder on gearbox. Drain differential unit at rear, clean both drain and level plugs. Refit drain plug. Refill differential to level on fill point. Refit fill/level plug. Drain out engine cooling system Flush out header/expansion tank while system empty. Refit hose with new clip. Refill with mix of fresh Blue anti freeze concentrate and distilled water at the ratio 40:60 Drain out intercooler system through its bottom hose. Refit hose with new clip. Refill as above40/60 Blue anti freeze and distilled water. Remove engine fuel injector cover to access bleed valve on intercooler system. Bleed air now in system, out. Refit injector cover. Replace windscreen wipers. Tighten wiper motor mounts but also take linkage off motor crank and shorten by half a turn. Refit and test with wet screen.

11.11.21- Mileage: 17,782- Service Agent: CP Done

New Cat L Thatcham alarm system fitted. Take off front left hand wheel and wheel arch liner. Take down cover for fuel filter. Fit new fuel filter and connect to lines with new O Rings. All fittings Coppersliped. Pressure test system then refit filter cover Remove cover on air box which houses engine air filter. Fit new air filter. Refit cover with bolts Copperslipped against seizure. Refit wheel arch liner. Fit new hose and bleed out air from system through nipple onthis caliper, L/H front wheel bearing was found to now have play having been previously removed. Take off bearing cap, remove split pin and locking plate, adjust hub bearing up. Refit locking plate with new split pin, refit cap. Put wheel back on. Clean out Clutch master cylinder fluid, refill with fresh. Bleed fresh fluid through slave cylinder on gearbox. Drain differential unit at rear, clean both drain and level plugs. Refit drain plug. Refill differential to level on fill point. Refit fill/level plug. Drain out engine cooling system Flush out header/expansion tank while system empty. Refit hose with new clip. Refill with mix of fresh Blue anti freeze concentrate and distilled water at the ratio 40:60 Drain out intercooler system through its bottom hose. Refit hose with new clip. Refill as above40/60 Blue anti freeze and distilled water. Remove engine fuel injector cover to access bleed valve on intercooler system. Bleed air now in system, out. Refit injector cover. Replace windscreen wipers. Tighten wiper motor mounts but also take linkage off motor crank and shorten by half a turn. Refit and test with wet screen.

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