1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Registration no. D7 MPD Chassis no. SCFAA3118VK201281 Engine no. AM1/0401115
It was the company's 1987 acquisition by Ford that ensured the future of Aston Martin, and the former's takeover of Jaguar two years later which made possible the revival of the DB line, dormant since the end of DB6 production in 1970. Jaguar's axed XJ-S replacement - the XJ41 - was deemed more suitable as an 'entry level' Aston Martin, and work on the project commenced towards the end of 1991, responsibility for the final design being given to Tom Walkinshaw's JaguarSport company. A shortened and modified XJ6 saloon platform formed the basis for the DB7. Brilliantly styled by Ian Callum in a manner reminiscent of the traditional Aston Martin, the body was notable for employing numerous composite-material panels in its construction. The chosen engine was a 3.2-litre version of the twin-cam, four-valves-per-cylinder AJ-6 unit that had replaced the venerable XK in Jaguar's saloon range. This was endowed with a suitable power output courtesy of a water-cooled Eaton supercharger. The result was 335bhp and a top speed of 160mph, a performance that put the DB7 on a par with rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz 500SL and Porsche 928. A little under three years after the DB7's debut at Geneva, the planned Volante convertible was launched simultaneously at the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows in January 1996, the coupé becoming available in the USA at the same time. This particular DB7 Volante was sold new via Aston Martin's main agents in Scotland, Murray Motors Ltd, and is currently in the hands of its third recorded owner. Finished in Mendip Blue with Parchment leather interior, the car benefits from the 'Driving and Visual Dynamics' packages of chassis, suspension and bodywork upgrades (installed by Works Service) and is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition apart from a few paintwork imperfections. 'D7 MPD' is offered with full service history consisting of the stamped service booklet, numerous invoices and a quantity of expired MoTs. We are advised that the last service was carried out in 2007 at 27,000 miles and that the odometer currently reads 32,000 miles. In addition to the aforementioned service history the car comes with Swansea V5 document and is currently taxed and MoT'd.