Two owners from new 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Registration no. R789 WBK Chassis no. SCFAA3114VK201794 Engine no. AM/04 01582
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. Last produced in 2004, the DB7 Volante represents the most affordable route to ownership of a soft-top Aston Martin.
This particular DB7 Volante has had only two owners from new the present one since October 2003. Kept garaged and maintained by Aston Martin Heritage Agent Nicholas Mee, it comes with detailed service history from 2003 and some earlier service history from new and is described by the private vendor as in generally very good condition, currently displaying a total of 68,650 miles on the odometer. An automatic transmission model with Aston sports exhaust system and finished in black with black piped beige leather interior, the car is offered with aforementioned service records, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.