Aston Martin DB7 Vantage 2001 – today’s tempter

By: Guy Allen

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Hand-built English GT

Though effectively a boutique marque, Aston Marton had built up an incredibly big profile over the years, mostly through its long association with James Bond movies, which must have at times swallowed the firm’s entire marketing budget.

The hand-made English cars are an institution and are famous for their sometimes brutish good looks.

DB7 was built from 1994 to 2004 on what was essentially a development of the Jaguar XJ-S platform. Under the bonnet you could have a 3.2lt six (which rather defeats the point in our view) or a 5.9lt V12. Transmission choices were five-speed auto, or five/six-speed manual.

The Vantage rolled up in 1999, with a slightly longer wheelbase and a lift in power for the V12, to 420hp (313kW). The supercharged six, meanwhile, was soon to be dropped.

What you see here is a 2001 Vantage with the five-speed Tiptronic and just under 100,000km on the clock. If it lives up to the claims of its South Australian owners, it seems like a fair bit of exotica for $72,450.


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