1998 Aston Martin DB7 Dunhill Coupé Registration no. S597 CUY Chassis no. SCFAA111XWK102242 Engine no. AM1/05-02098
In June 1997 Aston Martin unveiled a unique DB7 derivative that had been produced for Alfred Dunhill, the leading British company specialising in men's clothing and a range of luxury goods including writing implements, lighters, timepieces and fragrances. The car used design cues from many Alfred Dunhill products for the instruments, the interior appointments, various fittings and the exterior finish; in particular, elements of the 'Millennium' range of watches and the 'AD 2000' pen collection which were being launched later that year. Its exclusive luxury appointments included a humidor to contain fine cigars; a set of carbon fibre pens; a silver cigar cutter; a cigar lighter and a Dunhill Millennium watch set into the centre console. Special platinum metallic paintwork was chosen for the exterior and also for the wheels, the centres of which were inspired by the design of the Dunhill Millennium watch. The interior was upholstered in a contrasting Charcoal Connolly hide piped in silver grey, the traditional Aston Martin walnut veneers being replaced with brushed aluminium panels. A set of matching Alfred Dunhill luggage was housed in the boot. Although the accompanying press release stated that the Alfred Dunhill DB7 was 'A unique model and not for sale', it was announced in December 1997 that production of up to 150 similar examples would begin in 1998, no doubt in response to demands from prospective customers. Two versions were to be offered 'smoking' and 'non smoking' the latter featuring a Dunhill grooming kit instead of the humidor. In the event, only 80-or-so Dunhill cars had been completed in both coupé and Volante convertible versions before the DB7 was discontinued. This rare DB7 Dunhill coupé was used by Aston Martin Lagonda as a demonstrator and has been photographed by Hallmark for use on a greeting card. The Aston was maintained by the factory until 2002 (at 31,916 miles) since when it has been looked after by Nic Joberns at Andy Chapman Classics. A manual transmission example, the car has covered 72,000 miles from new and is described as in generally good/very good condition. Finished in Dunhill Silver with black interior, 'S597 CUY' comes complete with two Alfred Dunhill overnight cases and a presentation box containing a tie pin, cufflinks and a key ring. The car is offered with Andy Chapman service invoice, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.