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Aston Martin DB7: Buying guide and review (1994-2003)

Aston Martin DB7: Buying guide and review (1994-2003) Classic and Performance Car
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The Aston Martin DB7 is a car to polarise opinions. Devotees will tell you that it was the first Aston truly dependable enough to be driven every day, the first you could leave out in the street and be sure it would function in the morning as, say, a Porsche would. It was also the first Aston built with modern high(ish)-volume methods to proper, consistent quality standards, and it sowed the seed of the company Aston Martin has since become. 
 
Today a DB7 can seem almost irresistibly cheap for a car with those looks and that badge, never mind the pace potential. You can buy one for as little as £16,000. So how can you lose? 
 
With more than 7000 examples sold worldwide, the DB7 represented a new beginning for Aston Martin. It realised the ambition of Victor Gauntlett for a volume model that would draw on the enduring legacy of the DB4 and secure the company’s future. 
 
Ford’s purchase of Aston Martin, followed rapidly by Jaguar and coupled with the astute chairmanship of Walter Hayes, would bring this vision to reality. Jaguar contributed a heavily reworked XJ-S platform – known as XJ41. Tom Walkinshaw’s TWR Group assumed engineering development and manufacturing responsibility at the former XJ220 plant at Bloxham, with the Kidlington workshop building the complete engine. 
 
Under the bonnet was an AJ16 Jaguar straight-six engine, which gained an Eaton supercharger to help extract 335bhp from the 3.2-litre capacity, and while the XJS-derived platform was clearly dated, having first appeared 19 years before the DB7’s 1994 launch, it did the job. 
 
The stunningly evocative styling was by Ian Callum and the DB7 was launched, with the blessing of company life president Sir David Brown, at the 1993 Geneva motor show. A powerful part of its appeal 19 years after launch is that it was the car that saved the company. 
 
The DB7 was also the first (and last) Aston Martin with a steel monococque structure, although it did add some newer bodywork technology with its heat-pressed composite front wings and bootlid. Early cars had composite bonnets, too, but the panel gaps proved both inconsistent and heat-relatedly mobile, so later cars had a steel panel. 
 
So there’s not as much bespoke Aston Martin in a DB7 as a purist might like. The ‘Jag in drag’ references of the time are a bit harsh, though, because even the Jaguar-derived parts had Aston-specific calibration and development, and a DB7 looks like a proper Aston both outside and in. 
 
It’s better to think of the DB7 as a new beginning, as the starting point for today’s company with its Gaydon factory and the V12 engine, which began life in 1999’s DB7 Vantage. 
 

Which DB7 to buy? 

 
The DB7 was made in bigger numbers than any Aston before it, with 2451 six-cylinder cars leaving the factory before the V12 replaced them and took production to its 2003 end. In total, 7091 DB7s were built, including Volante convertibles. Today’s Aston production rate, however, far eclipses those figures. 
 
Now that the DB7 is coming out of its wilderness years, this means that really good ones can be worth more than commonplace early DB9s and V8 Vantages. 
 
Because a DB7 is more exclusive than the Jag XK8 rival, it looks sleeker and, perversely, its imperfections now take on the aura of a classic car’s character. Besides which, a six-cylinder one handles beautifully and goes with great verve, although the more common (75 per cent of production) four-speed automatic with the engine detuned to 317bhp might not be a petrolhead's cup of Earl Grey and is worth around 20 per cent less. 
 
Or there’s the V12, initially with 420bhp, later with 435 as the Vantage GT; it’s very quick and sounds wonderful, the GT especially covetable with its mesh grille, bonnet vents, shorter gearing, uprated brakes and keener handling. Manuals are more common with this engine at around 40 per cent of production. Although early cars were never the the most accomplished drivers' cars, the last-of-the-line Vantage GT is a much improved proposition – something that is reflected in the price. 
 
The Aston Martin DB7 was also the basis for a couple of special Zagato-bodied cars. Just 99 standard coupe versions were built, as well as 99 AR1 models. AR1 actually stands for America Roadster 1, due to being exclusively offered in the USA, although obviously a handful made it to other countries. 
 

Performance and specs 


Engine  In-line six-cylinder, 3228cc, supercharged
Power 335bhp @ 5750rpm
Torque 361lb ft @ 3000rpm
Transmission Five-speed manual/four-speed automatic
0-62mph 5.8sec
Top speed 157mph
Insurance group   20
Price when new £78,500
 

Dimensions and weight

 
Wheelbase            2591mm 
Length 4631mm
Width 1820mm
Height 1238mm
Weight 1650kg
 

Common problems

 
• A full and detailed service history is a very nice thing to have, because infrequent oil changes can clog the hydraulic timing-chain tensioner in the otherwise very durable straight-six. The rattly chain that will eventually develop is pricy to replace. 
 
• The V12 is also a very reliable engine on the whole, and it was the first appearance of an engine that has remained in production to this very day. There are a couple of things to look out for though, one of which is the engine's occasional habit of breaking down one of the 12 individual coil packs. This is generally due to heat and age, causing misfires. It's often easy to miss on a test drive, as even on 11 cylinders the Aston Martin remains smooth and refined. As they are hard to get at, replacement can be expensive – so proof of recent replacement  (of all 12) by a specialist, although generally not always necessary is always a bonus.
 
• Have a good look underneath, where rust can take hold – more likely in a V12, oddly, because cost-cutting led to less protection. Front floorpans, inner wings and suspension turrets, rear radius-arm mountings and rear chassis legs are the trouble spots. Getting the car on a ramp is the best way to see everything, and it will pay in the long run to get a car with no structural issues.
 
• Although much easier to spot, you should also be on the look out for the beginnings of rust on the the wheelarches and door bottoms. Another possible area for concern is the bottom corner of the rear window aperture, which can make an otherwise nice example look scruffy.
 
• Look in the service history for checks of the suspension’s fully adjustable alignment, too; the tyres wear quickly if it’s out, while the car will not feel planted on the road. 
 
• You’re unlikely to find an original composite bonnet on an early car because most have been replaced with a steel one. As well as the gap problems, a composite panel goes porous if its outer layer is perforated and bubbles duly appear. 
 
• The six-cylinder DB7’s boot-mounted badge can trigger this, which is why the V12 doesn’t have one. 
 
• On the steel panels, rear wheelarch lips and the bottom corners of the rear window aperture are worth a close check. 
 
• The sumptuous interior is durable and high in quality, but try the air-con because blockages can blow the evaporator apart if the car isn’t used regularly. Fixing this involves removing most of the interior. 
 
• Damp carpets could be from a failed windscreen-to-scuttle seal. 
 

Model history 

 
1993: DB7 makes debut at Geneva
1994: First customer cars delivered
1996: Volante launched
1999: V12 Vantage replaces six-pot DB7
2002: Run-out DB7 on sale (GT, GTA); Zagato launched (delivered 2003)
2003: Zagato Vantage Volante, DB AR1, unveiled; 99 made. Final DB7s built.
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.amoc.org – Aston Martin Owners' Club
• www.amocna.org – Aston Martin Owners' Club North America
• www.astonmartinworks.com – Aston Martin Works 

Summary and prices

 
‘Any six-cylinder DB7 worth having will start at around £25,000,’ cautions Derek Campbell, MD of the Chiltern Aston Centre. ‘Any less than this and you must have it inspected thoroughly. Provenance and how it has been looked after are vital. And low-mileage, manual cars are worth the most.’ 
 
At the other end of the scale, late Vantages can nudge £50,000, especially if it’s the open Volante version or the final, limited-run GT. And if you find one of the 99 Zagato-bodied versions, you'll encounter a price tag in excess of £200,000. 
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Last updated: 4th May 2017
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  • 2002 Aston Martin DB7

    $44,900(£0) $44,900(£0)

    The name Aston Martin ranks among the elites of the automotive world. Coming to prominence on the racetracks of the world, in the 1950’s, the name Aston Martin has become synonymous with fine low production luxury GT cars. The DB (David Brown) cars are, with few exceptions, considered the most desirable and beautiful cars ever produced, and these attributes are no better exemplified with the DB 7. Featuring a 420 horsepower 6 liter V12, the car offered a silky smooth ride and astonishing performance. The car on offer here is a stunning 2002 ASTON MARTIN DB-7 VANTAGE CONVERTIBLE. The condition of the car cannot be overstated. It is a 3 owner car, has only 11,600 miles, and is absolutely gorgeous! The car is Bowland Black with a Saddle Tan leather interior and a Black convertible top (one of only 4 in this color combination). This car is beautiful from every angle and her condition reflects the low mileage. If you are looking for the best DB7, look no further. She is fully optioned with automatic transmission, mohair headliner, and premium sound system. All systems function as they should and the convertible top is in excellent condition. The car has been well serviced by Aston Marti

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 11000 mi
    For sale
    $44,900(£0) $44,900(£0)
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  • 2001 ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE VOLANTE

    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)

    --Mendip Blue with Pacific Blue over Magnolia leather interior, Pacific carpeting and Blue Mohair convertible top, 26,000 miles from new, 6-speed Touchtronic transmission Factory options include: Factory Mesh Front Upper and Lower Grilles, Leather Convertible Boot cover All alloy four cam 6.0 liter V-12 developing 420 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 400 ft. lb. of torque @ 5000 rpm. 0-60 in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. Recently serviced by Autosport Designs, Inc., this DB7 Vantage Volante has enjoyed only seasonal use and has been serviced accordingly to remain in exceptional condition at all times. This DB7 Vantage Volante is exceptional throughout with service history and original owner’s manual. Video walk-around and road test: https://youtu.be/jA6LqNzZeYM

    • Year: 2001
    • Mileage: 26000 mi
    For sale
    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)
  • Aston Martin DB7 Vantage

    £46,950 £46,950

    Engine Size 5.9 l Mileage 9,800 miles Previous Owners 2 Bodystyle Coupe Seats 2 Transmission Automatic Exterior Colour Skye Silver Interior Trim Tan A superb, ultra-low mileage DB7 Vantage finished in Skye Silver with Dark Grey over Light Tan hides, Slate Grey carpets and Walnut veneers. Fitted with all standard equipment, including original handbooks, tools and optional spare wheel. Accurately described as being in outstanding condition, the paintwork and interior finishes are best described as almost new. An automatic gearbox example, the car was exported from new in 2002 and repatriated to the UK this year. Subsequently delivered to Aston Martin Works Service in Newport Pagnell, a thorough inspection and comprehensive manufacturer scheduled service has just been completed, with no faults noted. Previously kept in climate controlled environments, this exceptional condition example has covered at total of just 9,800miles. Thirteen years after production ceased, the DB7 Vantage is fast becoming a collected classic car and now almost impossible to find, with ultra-low mileage and pristine condition. Available and displayed now in our London showrooms, interested parties and collecto

    • Year: 2017
    • Mileage: 9800 mi
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    £46,950 £46,950
  • Aston Martin DB7

    £27,995 £27,995

    About this Aston Martin DB7 The Aston Martin DB7 is a grand tourer which was produced by Aston Martin from September 1994 to December 2004. The grand tourer was available either as a coupé or a convertible and as a six cylinder 3.2 Supercharged (as here) or a later 5.9 V12. The 3.2 is far simpler to work on and was made in lesser numbers and therefore is considered to be the most collectable and most likely to rise in value. The example offered by us here is finished in Pennine Grey, a colour synonymous with the Bond brand and this combined with the matching charcoal grey leather, carpets and shiny split rim alloys wheels make for a stunning example of this appreciating and beatiful classic. The service history is comprehensive with a book full of Dealer stamps including 4x works service entries. There is a folder of supporting invoices with old MOT certificates and details of previous keepers. Supplied with spare keys - it doesn't get much better...

    • Mileage: 77700 mi
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    £27,995 £27,995
  • Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Anniversary Edition

    £39,995 £39,995

    About this Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Anniversary Edition In 2003 Aston Martin decided to celebrate the end of DB7 Vantage production by announcing they would build 100 Anniversary Edition DB7 Vantages. Even though they promised 100 would be built, rumor has it they only made 33 in the end, all of which were presented in Slate Blue. This stunning and rare vehicle is powered by a 5.9 litre V12 engine which produced an amazing 420bhp along with 5 speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin claimed that the automatic model had a top speed of 165 mph, and would accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds.

    • Mileage: 51000 mi
    For sale
    £39,995 £39,995
  • Aston Martin DB7 VANTAGE

    £30,995 £30,995

    About this Aston Martin DB7 VANTAGE In 1999, the powerful DB7 V12 Vantage was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Vantage model featured an all new 5.9 litre V12 engine which produced an amazing 420bhp. The engine came with a choice of a 6 speed manual gear box or a 5 speed automatic gearbox. Aston Martin claimed that the automatic model had a top speed of 165 mph, and would accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.9 seconds. This particular car has low mileage along with excellent service history with 12 stamps in the service book, 10 of which are from a main Aston Martin dealership. This car also comes in the favoured Mendip Blue. The latest generation of 'Classic' Aston Martin and still available at a reasonable price level.

    • Mileage: 51600 mi
    For sale
    £30,995 £30,995
  • ASTON MARTIN DB7 3.2 I6 MANUAL - 1 OWNER - LOW MILEAGE

    £39,995 £39,995

    The shape of the DB7 was penned by Scottish designer Ian Callum and has been hailed as the best looking British car since the Jaguar E-type. It's as if the stylist has taken the classic Aston shape and smoothed off the sharp edges; the result is very elegant. You expect a great deal for the price of a three-bedroom semi and by and large, there's not much to disappoint you. The leather and walnut-trimmed cockpit is as classy as you would expect, with proper, thick Connolly hide and matching piping. Power comes from a supercharged Jaguar straight six ? but it?s not the normal XJR unit. For the Aston, it was based upon a downsized 3.2, but Tom Walkinshaw employed a thicker block that was used in racing to enable the supercharger to be used at full pelt, producing 335 bhp. The i6 have their own charms ? rarity, super-pure styling and evocative supercharger howl and, 'the DB7 with the ?six?, is more the ?driver?s car? (especially in a manual gearbox) - better than the V12 thanks to a weight distribution. We are privileged to be able to offer this one private owner vehicle from new with extensive history - serviced fully at main dealers up to recently. Above the standard specification on

    • Year: 1996
    • Mileage: 19750 mi
    For sale
    £39,995 £39,995
  • ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE 6.0 V12 TOUCHTRONIC - RARE COLOUR

    £32,995 £32,995

    The shape of the DB7 was penned by Scottish designer Ian Callum and has been hailed as the best looking British car since the Jaguar E-type. It's as if the stylist has taken the classic Aston shape and smoothed off the sharp edges; the result is very elegant. You expect a great deal for the price of a three-bedroom semi and by and large, there's not much to disappoint you. The leather and walnut-trimmed cockpit is as classy as you would expect, with proper, thick Connolly hide and matching piping. Power comes from V12 engine that produce 420 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. Not many have engines imbued with Ford/Cosworth technology: 6.0-liter, lightweight aluminum cast alloy with four valves per cylinder, twin overhead cams on each bank of cylinders, and produced at Cosworth Technology's limited production plant in England; the same place that used to turns out Cosworth V-10 Formula 1 racing engines and turbocharged, V-8 Indy car engines. This rarely available in Coniston Silver example comes with two tone (Iron Ore over Black) leather hide and optional Touchtronic transmission, sports steering wheel, silver mesh grille, Becker for Aston Martin satellite navigation and heated

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 43000 mi
    For sale
    £32,995 £32,995
  • 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

    $34,750(£0) $34,750(£0)

    1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante with 24,725 on the odometer in burgundy with creme interior piped in red. A beautiful and vibrant color combination. It comes equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, power top and wood trim. Very clean and presentable weekend driver. Mechanically sound. For $34,750 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements.

    • Year: 1998
    For sale
    $34,750(£0) $34,750(£0)
  • 2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE COUPE

    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)

    --Special order Jaguar Regent Grey with Charcoal over All-Saddle Tan with Charcoal carpeting, 16,000 miles from new, Touchtronic transmission. Factory options include: Carpet Piping, Factory Mesh Upper and Lower Grilles, Premium Audio System, Aluminum Pedal Pads, Sport Exhaust with Large Bore Tailpipes and Maple Veneer. All alloy four cam 6.0 liter V-12 developing 420 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 400 ft. lb. of torque @ 5000 rpm. 0-60 in 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 165 mph. This DB7 Vantage Coupe is well known to Autosport Designs and has been serviced by us for several years. In the most recent past is has received its annual service. It is currently being fitted with new tires and will receive a 4-wheel alignment to start fresh in its next ownership. In excellent condition throughout with factory books, tools, extra keys and remotes. This DB7 Vantage Coupe is ready for immediate use. **Lease & Finance options available. Call or Email for more information; +1-631-425-1555 or info@autosportdesigns.com

    • Year: 2002
    • Mileage: 16000 mi
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    $49,500(£0) $49,500(£0)
  • Aston Martin DB7

    £22,990 £22,990

    Full Leather, Air Conditioning, Rain-Sensing Wipers, Xenon Headlamps, Electric Seats, Heated Seats, Sports Seats, ABS, Air Bag, Quick-Clear Screen, Colour Coded Body, CD Player, Radio, Electric Mirrors, Electric Windows, Alarm, Anti-Theft System, Central Locking, Remote Alarm, Remote Central Locking, Adjustable Steering Column, Power Steering, Traction Control, Trip Computer, Auto-dip Rearview, Metallic Paintwork, Rear Spoiler, Front Fog Lamps POSSIBLY THE PRETTIEST ASTON MARTIN EVER MADE,LAST OWNER HAD THE CAR FOR 14 YEARS AND MAINTAINED IT TO A VERY HIGH STANDARD REGARDLESS OF COST.WE HAVE A FOLDER FULL OF BILLS SHOWING ALL THE WORK CARRIED OUT OVER THE YEARS.THE CAR HAS JUST HAD NEW BRAKES AND DISCS FITTED AND COMES WITH A BATTERY CHARGER.VIEWING THIS CAR IS A MUST

    • Mileage: 70000 mi
    • Engine size: 3239
    For sale
    £22,990 £22,990
  • Aston Martin DB7 i6 Saloon

    £29,995 £29,995

    Chassis Number: SCFAA1118WK102191 Engine Number: AM1/0602024 UK Registration Number: R 606 KPG Date of first reg: 18th May 1998 Exterior colour: Mendip Blue Hood: Interior colour: Pacific/Parchment Current Odometer reading: 61,263 Mileage Warranty: Steering: Right Transmission: Automatic Options: 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 Banbury and Aston Martin Oxford Ltd was born. Chassis number seque

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    £29,995 £29,995
  • Aston Martin DB7 GTA V12

    £44,950 £44,950

    Chassis Number: SCFAB12353K 304219 Engine Number: AM2/04182 UK Registration Number: Y 1 GTA Date of first reg: 10th November 2003 Exterior colour: Ferrari Grigio Titanio Hood: Interior colour: Charcoal Leather Current Odometer reading: 52,579 Mileage Warranty: Steering: Right Transmission: Touch Tronic Options: Heated Front Screen, Satellite Navigation, Alloy Wheels, Tracker Background Background 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. 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 M

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    £44,950 £44,950