Spotted: Aston Martin DB7 special


So, it's 'official' (again): Aston Martins are cool. Should you be in the fortunate position of being able to spend £135,000 on one, a myriad of options are available. Not only will a new DB9 cost around that much, the same amount will also secure you a barely used V12 Vantage (with change!). And now Virage production is about to cease, expect values of those to plummet also.

But what about something even more exotic? What about a modern Aston Martin that may appreciate in value?

Unique and hugely distinctive Zagato style
Unique and hugely distinctive Zagato style
The DB7 Zagato was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show a decade ago. Predictably, all 99 examples sold out soon after. By grafting the trademark Zagato styling cues - double-bubble roof, swollen wheelarches and circular tail lights - onto a shortened DB7 Vantage body, Zagato produced one of its most beautiful cars. To these eyes, it's an even more cohesive and successful design effort than the recent V12 Vantage and BMW Z4-based Zagato efforts.

The car featured here is one of two in the PH Classifieds. Its classic colour combo of Aston Racing Green with Parchment leather is as flawless as you would expect from a car that has covered just 6000 miles in eight years. Predictably, many Zagatos find their way into collections; to deny people the chance to see these cars seems a shame. Owing to its DB7 Vantage underpinnings, the Zagato gives you access to that wonderful 5.9-litre V12 that's still seeing service in contemporary Astons.

This, or a Focus: you choose
This, or a Focus: you choose
Of course, you don't need Zagato money to secure a V12 Aston, with early DB7 Vantages available for £20,000... But any DB7, whether a Vantage or a Zagato, is one of the prettiest things ever produced on four wheels. Don't forget that some believe the earliest DB7s were actually the finest in terms of aesthetics. Bereft of the extra aggression required by the Vantage flagship, the early six-cylinder DB7 has a simple purity that ensures it looks as good today as it did at launch nearly twenty years ago.

Now, a supercharged DB7 can be yours for £15,000. That means there's more than £100,000 between the bottom rung of DB7 ownership and its summit, a huge figure given that the most expensive car is less than £150k.

The example we found in the PH classifieds is still desirable despite its relatively high miles. The colour scheme is stylish and subdued, services were carried out by Aston Martin until 10,000 miles ago, and it was treated to a reconditioned supercharger this summer.

DB7 cabins are (very) snug
DB7 cabins are (very) snug
Of course, suitable budgeting for running costs is a must, but this car indicates the value now on offer with the first modern Aston Martin. And for some, if there's anything cooler than an Aston, it's one that costs less than a small family hatchback.

Aston Martin DB7 Zagato
Engine
: 5935cc, V12
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp): 440@6,000rpm
Torque (lb ft): 410@5,000rpm
MPG: 12.5
C02: N/A
First Registered: 2004
Recorded mileage: 6,100
Price new: N/A
Yours For: £136,995

See the original advert here

Aston Martin DB7 3.2
Engine
: 3239cc straight-six, supercharged
Transmission: Four-speed auto, rear wheel drive
Power (hp): 340@5,600rpm
Torque (lb ft): 362@3,000rpm
MPG: 16
C02: 351g/km
First registered: 1997
Price new: N/A
Yours for: £14,995

See the original advert here

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  • Agent Orange 06 Jun 2013

    Aston Martin DB AR1.. Quite rare that! Hope the owner has checked the weather forecast. biggrin

  • vertico2k 06 Jun 2013

    currently parked outside our office....


  • verminator 28 Sep 2012

    I have not owned an M beemer, but I have a friend that has an M5 and that I would
    say is more expensive to maintain. I have had two brand new 5 series in the last 5
    years and both of them have broken down. The last one was with injection problems
    It also started leaking oil from the engine. Total mileage from new was 12k miles.
    I told the main dealer that their products were crap and that in ten years of owning
    my TVR Cerbera it had never gone wrong or let me down once and that perhaps BMW should
    take a lesson from a more reliable car like my TVR. That stumpped him!! I have on the
    other hand owned a BM 3 series back in the late 90's and that was great, but like all
    german cars they have all had a personality and sole by-pass. inho I would say yes, an
    i6 will be cheaper to run than an M series. I am sure that someone on here who may have
    owned both could enlighten you more.

  • sparks_E39 28 Sep 2012

    verminator said:
    There are still some great XJS convertible bargains out there but they seem to be on the
    rise so maybe get one now before they get any dearer, although if your budget allows, I would
    go for a low milage DB7 i6 volante. The V12 is far better imho but the i6 is the purer of
    the breed and actually rearer.It's also about half the running costs.
    The i6 is half the running costs, but still really bloody costly though right? Does it compare to BMW M cars or is it a lot worse?

  • verminator 28 Sep 2012

    There are still some great XJS convertible bargains out there but they seem to be on the
    rise so maybe get one now before they get any dearer, although if your budget allows, I would
    go for a low milage DB7 i6 volante. The V12 is far better imho but the i6 is the purer of
    the breed and actually rearer.It's also about half the running costs.

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