c.1999 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Coupé Prototype, Chassis no. AMWS R7 DP 001
Lot 214
c.1999 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Coupé Prototype,
Chassis no. AMWS R7 DP 001
Sold for £23,000 (US$ 29,034) inc. premium

Lot Details
c.1999 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Coupé Prototype, Chassis no. AMWS R7 DP 001
c.1999 Aston Martin DB7 V12 Coupé Prototype

Chassis no. AMWS R7 DP 001

Footnotes

  • The car offered here is one of the DB7 prototypes used as a test mule for the soon to be introduced 6.0-litre V12 engine that debuted in the exciting new Vantage model in March 1999. The first of its kind in a production Aston Martin, this state-of-the-art, all-alloy, 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.

    'DP 001' was acquired by the current owner in December 2004 in a condition very similar to that in which it is presented today. The DB7 was sold via the Stratton Motor Company in Norfolk strictly on the understanding that it could not be road registered and was to be used as the basis of a track car only. The same applies today. At the time of acquisition the Aston was supplied as a non-runner but came with its drivetrain of engine, gearbox, prop shaft and differential, all of which are in the car today. Recent works include powder coating the wheels; application of racing roundels; tidying up the interior; and the installation of windows. Presently a non-runner and sold strictly as viewed, it nevertheless affords the prospect of owning a 'DP' car that would be very competitive in the AMOC racing series
Activities
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

Like the vast majority of auctioneers Bonhams charge what is known as a Buyer's Premium. Buyer's Premium on all Automobilia lots will adhere to Bonhams group policy:

25% up to £50,000 of hammer price,
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 of hammer price,
and 12% on the balance thereafter. This applies to each lot purchased and is subject to VAT.

For Motor Cars and Motorcycles a 15% Buyer's Premium is payable on the first £50,000 of the final Hammer Price of each Lot, and 12% on any amount by which the Hammer Price exceeds £50,000. VAT at the standard rate is payable on the Premium by all Buyers, unless otherwise stated.

Some lots may be subject to VAT on the Hammer Price. These lots will be clearly marked with the relevant symbol printed beside the lot number in the catalogue.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, cheque with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveller's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licences please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Tim Schofield
    Specialist - Motor Cars
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 5804
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 5802
Similar Items