From the 'Italian Vintage Cars' Collection, 28,750 miles from new
2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Convertible
Chassis no. SCFAB4232YK400155
Engine no. AM2/00155
Introduced in March 1999, the DB7 Vantage was an exciting new model powered by a state-of-the-art, all-alloy V12 engine, a 'first' for a production Aston Martin. This 6-litre, quad-cam, 48-valve unit produced 420bhp and 400lb/ft of torque while meeting all current and projected emissions regulations. There was a choice of two alternative transmissions: a new six-speed manual or ZF five-speed automatic with manually selectable ratios. A top speed of 185mph was claimed for the Vantage coupé.
The existing six-cylinder DB7 bodyshell was re-engineered to accommodate the new V12 engine/transmission package, resulting in a stiffer structure exceeding all contemporary crash test requirements, while the suspension was developed specifically for this new model. The 15" diameter wheels too were unique to the Vantage, which also featured cross-drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes equipped with ABS.
Notwithstanding all the DB7 Vantage's high-tech attributes, its makers had not lost sight of customer expectations of what constituted an Aston Martin. Thus the Vantage's hand-crafted interior featured traditional Connolly hide upholstery and could be trimmed and equipped to individual customer requirements. All the usual luxury fittings came as standard, while clients could choose from an extensive list of options.
As with any collector of many years, the idea of the next acquisition becomes more and more precise in its definition and for this gentleman his next British sports car had to be this model in the Pentland Green livery with fawn leather and Forest Green piping, it would share stable with a DB5 until last year.
The car was sold new in Greenwich, CT by Miller Motor Cars in June 1999 and its order included electric seats, burr walnut veneer, heated front and rear screen/shield and alloy wheels. The purchase price was a not inconsiderable $153,940.
Today, with a modest 28,000 miles on the odometer, the car presents extremely well. The only signs of age that we could note on inspection were some light scuffing to the leading edge of the drivers seat, a small indent on the driver's side rear quarter, hairline splits to some of the veneer panels and light color loss around the bases of the top. On the road the car performed faultlessly.
The convertible has the additional feature of a Pioneer GPS with rear view camera to aid parking and comes with handbooks, service schedule, original tools etc.
In the present ownership the car has been maintained so that it can be ready to use whenever required, but with that use increasingly rarely it has been decided to sell to pass the car onto another enthusiast.
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