Launched in 1994, the DB7 appeared thanks to investment from Ford who also owned Jaguar at the time, giving new Aston chief Walter Hayes budget and access to the XJS platform to develop and build the Ian Callum and Keith Helfet designed car, which was chassis engineered by racing gurus TWR, and did an incredible job, gaining rave reviews from car magazines like AutoCar at launch.
With a 0-60 time of around 5.5 seconds it was a rapid car but comfortable enough to be considered a GT as much as, if not more than a pure sports car.
This DB7 was first registered in October 1995 and has had just five owners over the last two and a half decades. It has been very well looked after, these are the sort of cars that really needs an enthusiast owner and the condition and history file suggest it has had that over the years, it's always a good sign to see an Aston Martin Owners Club badge on the car.
There is an impressive paper trail with this Aston Martin showing continuous limited use over the years, which is probably the ideal to hope for as it hasn’t been overused and cars laid up for long periods are worse for it.
It has been in the care of Aston and DB7 specialists for the last few years and has had a great deal of age related maintenance recently.
In 2017 the automatic gearbox was rebuilt at a cost of £2300 and the car had a new rear callipers, battery, thermostat, an exhaust section and various sensors and in 2019 had a very thorough going though replacing many clips and fixings as well as a full service.
It has also recently had new top wishbone bushes, tail light seals, auxiliary belts, power steering pipes and now has Osram Nightbreaker headlamp bulbs.
Its last major service was in 2020 when the garage also went through a list of minor niggles and improved the A/C function, replaced a door handle and fixed some rattles so the car drives as new and as it should.
Trimmed in the finest wood and leather the cabin is a very special place to be. The upper section is dark red leather and the lower part and seats off white leather detailed with red piping and details, and red carpets making for an airy and striking interior.
The wooden steering wheel is very attractive, it has electric seats and was a factory option from new, and in the dash there is a high end Alpine stereo, matched to a CD changer in the boot.
The condition is excellent, the front seats show very little wear and the rears, they are for occasional use really, look unused. Only the driver's footwell carpet shows any signs of use.
Most new DB7 buyers opted for muted silvers or dark hues, so it's an uncommon treat to find this car almost glowing in bright red, a colour that makes it stand out and look even more special and showing off the subtle curves of the coachwork.
The paint is in excellent condition with virtually no stone chips and no other marks to be found. Under the paint the panels are extremely good, there's no sign of corrosion to be found on the body and aside from a couple of hard to see parking door dings on the passenger door and a small and also easy to miss mark on the rear bumper the body work is superb.
The deeply dished alloy wheels are immaculate, the stubby spokes look both delicate and brutal, and the new Michelin Pilot Sport tyres were fitted all round less than 500 miles ago.
The AJ6 engine is a generally tough unit, being good for many hundreds of thousands of miles with no serious problems, and the DB7 specialist who has been meticulously inspecting this car has not flagged any issues.
Its gearbox has been rebuilt not too long ago after an oil leak, and the car’s services have been far more than a new filter and a splash of oil with every minor niggle being taken care of each year.
It's hard not to want an Aston on your drive, and the DB7 is not just a very attractive car, its an interesting point in the company’s history, and perhaps the most affordable way into the British supercar at the moment.
This example has had care lavished on it and has been very well looked after making it a very attractive proposition.
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