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History of the Aston Martin DB7

  • 9 Dec, 2022
History of the Aston Martin DB7

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The Birth of the Aston Martin DB7

The Aston Martin DB7 was manufactured as a grand tourer between 1994 to 2004. Replaced in 2009 by the Aston DB9, the DB7 had been Aston's best-selling car ever, with over 7,000 units made.  The DB7 had an exciting start to life. Aston Martin was owned by the Ford Motor Company at the time, as was Jaguar.

Jaguar was struggling financially and a replacement for the ageing Jaguar XJS was becoming a very pressing issue for them. Tom Walkinshaw, responsible for the TWR Jaguar XJS was asked to look at creating a replacement for the XJS. Walkinshaw had already been impressed with the potential of the XJS and ultimately Ian Callum was engaged to create the styling and looks of the replacement. The car was presented to the Jaguar board who immediately rejected it.

Ford was already reeling from the development costs of Jaguar's supercar, the XJ220 and was not keen to pour money into a new Aston Martin DB7 GT. Ian Callum redesigned the car to look more like an Aston Martin with parts raided from across the Ford range.

Rear lights from a Mazda 323f and door mirrors from the Citroen CX were just a couple of many examples of parts snatching, which included interior switches from Ford's flagship Scorpio model. The resulting car was presented to the public at the 1993 Geneva Motor Show to an overwhelming response and was put into production as a result.

The launch DB7 used a Jaguar AJ6 engine fitted with an Eaton supercharger. This produced more power for the DB7 than using Jaguar's ageing 5.5l V12, as well as giving an attractive and evocative whine under acceleration. The underpinnings were effectively from the XKS and heavily reworked by TWR in Oxfordshire.

The car received rave reviews for its handling which was quite an accolade for a design going back over 30 years. When Jaguar finally launched its own XK8 sportscar Aston Martin had to move the DB7 upmarket to compete and commissioned Cosworth to create a V12 6.0 engine that outperformed the offerings from Jaguar.

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The Aston Martin DB7 History

  • 1994 Sep Aston DB7 enters production: 0-60mph 5.8 secs, 160mph top speed; Prodrive and Aston build prototype DB7 GT race cars.
  • 1996 Jan DB7 Volante launched; 0-60mph 6.4 secs, 155mph; no rear anti-roll bar July Series 2 coupé with many improvements from Volante, inc softer suspension, twin airbags; Ford ECU replaces Zytec system.
  • 1999 Mar Vantage and Volante added: 5.9 V12; 0-60mph 5 secs, 185mph coupé, 165mph Volante.
  • 1999 Apr six-cylinder production ends.
  • 2000 Touchtronic option added on Vantage auto.
  • 2002 Aug Aston Martin Zagato, 100 built,1 retained at the Aston Martin factory short chassis, 435bhp, double-bubble roof: five-spoke alloys, Unique Analine hide interior.
  • 2002 Nov V12 GT/GTA: 435bhp manual (auto standard), stiffer set-up, mesh grille, bonnet vents, boot spoiler, Brembo 14/13in discs: 302 produced.
  • 2003 Limited editions, inc DB American Roadster 1 (Zagato for US): 100 made.
  • 2003 Dec DB7 discontinued, replaced by the Aston Martin DB9.

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What To Look For - Used Aston Martin DB7 For Sale

The first thing to consider when considering buying an Aston Martin DB7 is the model of interest. Used Aston Martin DB7 Volante or Aston DB7 Coupe, for example, you can also look to buy an Aston Martin with Bitcoin using our crypto services.

Whenever you are looking to buy a used car, whether it is a used Aston Martin DB7 or a Fiat Punto, you should always do checks on the dealership, or if it's a private seller, run a history check on the car.

Other factors to consider include your budget, features, mileage, and age, whilst you may not tick every box on your checklist you should always aim to achieve most of them with your purchase.

AutoCoinCars has an excellent selection of approved used Aston Martin DB7 for sale, all available to buy with cryptocurrency online today!

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