2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vantage Coupe

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2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vantage Coupe

Background

Designed by the then-fledgling Ian Callum, the Aston Martin DB7 Vantage was revealed to an overwhelmingly positive reception at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show, and was put into production.

Engineered in Oxfordshire - and therefore close to our hearts here at The Market by Bonhams - the DB7 did nothing short of transform the state and fortunes of Aston Martin upon its launch, eventually becoming the most popular and successful car Aston had ever made at the time of its replacement in 2004.

Initially launched with a 3.2-litre supercharged straight-six engine, the word ‘Vantage’ was brought back into Aston Martin’s vocabulary in 1999, when the V12 version was launched and christened the DB7 Vantage.

Powered by a 6.0-litre, 414hp V12 engine, the Vantage could smash 0-62 in just 5.2 seconds, and go on to a limited top speed of 165mph. When a manufacturer has to limit the top speed of a car, you know it’s something special, and the soundtrack from that n/a V12 engine is simply wonderful.

The Vehicle

First registered in 2002, this Mendip Blue DB7 Vantage was purchased by the vendor after months of searching, trawling adverts and viewing a number of examples, with this particular Vantage catching his eye due to the attractive colour combination and overall condition.

During his ownership of just under 12 months, the car has been used sparingly as a weekend toy, with the roar of the naturally-aspirated V12 being accentuated by a Quicksilver stainless-steel exhaust, which is still refined and classy on idle and part throttle, but allows the twelve-cylinder symphony to be fully appreciated when ‘pressing on’ with more gusto.

Alongside sparing use, the car has also benefitted from a new rear subframe assembly and bushes whilst in the care of our vendor, along with a new headliner and a new starter motor.

Having been carefully selected and subsequently cherished by the vendor, with him stating that “it puts a smile on my face every time I look at the car” this V12-powered GT is only up for sale to fund another passion, meaning one lucky bidder will get themselves a wonderfully complete, timeless GT car which is ready to simply jump in and enjoy.

Interested bidders, please note that the cherished registration ‘V12 BSE’ is included with the sale of the vehicle.

On the Outside

Resplendent in the classic shade of Mendip Blue which accentuates the flowing lines of the Callum-designed DB7 fantastically, this Vantage presents in excellent condition throughout, and is certain to turn plenty of heads wherever it goes.

Looking along the flanks of the car, there are no signs of any bodywork damage, impacts, dents or mis-aligned panels, with the car’s lines undisturbed by the passage of time or miles.

The paintwork, too, presents very well overall. There are the usual smatterings of stone chips to the front end, lower bumper area, side skirts and the rear of the front arches (slides 37,45 and 46 for example) but this is still below what would likely be considered commensurate for a car of this age.

We also noticed small marks on the outer edge of both doors (slide 42) a small bubbling patch on the offside rear arch (images 38,39 and 40) and minor usage wear around both door handles.

At the front, there was no sign of any damage to either the low-mounted fog lights (a great way to differentiate the V12 Vantage from its six-cylinder brethren) nor to the main headlight units, though we did note some mild condensation within the headlights when the car was warm.

Elsewhere, all of the various badges, trims and mouldings are present-and-correct and in excellent condition for their age, whilst all four wheels are also in very good condition with no kerb rash noted, and only some slight wear being visible within the spokes upon closer inspection, as seen in image 119.

On the Inside

Inside, the good news continues, as the cabin of this DB7 presents in outstanding condition, having clearly been cherished and cosseted throughout its lifetime.

The ivory leather seats with contrasting blue piping present very well, with only some light commensurate wear and imperfections on the outer bolsters of the front seats being testament to their years of use and enjoyment.

In the rear, the +2 ‘bucket’ seats appear to be largely unused, whilst up above the headliner is pristine and taut throughout, on account of its recent replacement whilst in the care of the current owner.

The various walnut dash, shifter, door card and steering wheel inlays retain a wonderful depth and lustre, again with only the mildest signs of use being visible upon close inspection on the steering wheel and shifter.

Elsewhere in the cabin, there are some light usage marks visible on the door pulls, inner sill covers and the driver’s mat, but nothing that would not be considered commensurate for a vehicle of this age and mileage, nor anything that would sit outside the notion that this is a truly cherished example of the breed.

The vendor notes that the air-conditioning system requires a re-gas, and the electrically-operated aerial for the radio is inoperable, meaning the stereo only receives FM signals at the present. Otherwise, there are no known faults or issues with any of the systems, switches or gauges.

Underneath

Under the front-hinged bonnet, the naturally-aspirated V12 at the heart of this DB7 Vantage looks to be in fine fettle, with no signs of any leaks or other untoward issues that we could see.

The bonnet catch itself is slightly stiff/catching on the outside edge when opening/closing the bonnet, and the weatherproofing seal along the top edge of the bonnet would benefit from some attention or replacement.

Underneath, the chassis has been previously protected and presents in good order, with some surface corrosion visible on the various fixtures and fittings, but nothing that has been noted to be of any concern during recent inspections. The rear subframe assembly and bushes - a known trouble area on these DB7s - has been replaced whilst in the care of the vendor.

Out on the road, the V12 fires into life with ease and settles instantly into a characteristically smooth idle. During our short drive to/from the photo shoot location, the car performed flawlessly, with no noises noted from the suspension, plenty of power from the engine when requested, and no evidence of any brake bias/binding issues.

The most recent MoT exam took place on 22 September 2022, showing a pass with advisories for the condition of both rear tyres. The latest service took place in June 2020 (including a brake fluid change) at 56,251 miles.

History Highlights

Included with the sale of the vehicle is a rich history of servicing, maintenance and other miscellaneous paperwork, contained in a well-stocked folder along with the car’s maintenance manual.

As always, we’ve photographed all of the paperwork we’ve received here at The Market HQ, and this can be viewed at the end of the extensive photo gallery below.

For those of you looking for a quick run-down of highlights, however, we’ve got you covered:

- V5 registered keepers document, showing 4 former keepers (the current keeper since December 2021)

- Numerous MoT certificates, including the current valid until 23 September 2023

- Invoices for various works carried out whilst in the current owner’s care, including a new headliner, starter motor and rear subframe assembly/bushes

- Extensive documentation from the car’s time with former keepers, including service history from marque specialist McGurk Performance, and older invoices from Aston Martin Heritage

- New expansion tank and radiator fitted by McGurk performance

- Invoice for stainless-steel Quicksilver exhaust

- Full owner’s manual, Becker stereo manual

- Extensively stamped service history, showing a mix of main dealer and specialist history up until 2018, and then a Jaguar specialist from 2018 onwards, including the most recent service in June 2020 at 56,251 miles

What We Think

With the DB7’s design having ‘come of age’ in recent years, these Callum-designed Aston Martins are proving popular with enthusiasts, and it’s not hard to see why, especially for the V12-engined Vantage models.

Presented in excellent overall condition and with a cherished registration included, this is a wonderful example of the DB7 Vantage, and would look at home in any enthusiast’s garage or collection.

We think this will sell for between £18,000 - £24,000

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Seller

The Chairman

  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 57980
  • Chassis Number: SCFAB12362K303255
  • Engine: 5935
  • Gearbox: Auto
  • Steering position: Right-hand drive
  • Colour: Mendip blue
  • Interior: Ivory leather
  • Estimated Price: £18,000 - £24,000

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