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Aston Martin DB7 Published: 3rd May 2016 - 0 Comments - Be the first, contribute now!

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• AFFORDABILITY • CONTAINABLE RUNNING COSTS • WIDE CHOICE

WHY BUY?

Apart from great looks, DB7 feels more thoroughbred than the Jag XJ-S or XK8 it’s based upon and is a genuine Aston yet with affordability on its side.

 

DRIVING

It doesn’t feel like a Jag while specialists say that, if anything, the original ‘six’ feels more thoroughbred over the faster V12, although none feel as precise or as exciting as a 911. A surprising number are automatics.

 

WHAT TO PAY

The earliest cars are now worth £25,000; anything cheaper will typically need £10,000 spent to make it decent. Although Volantes aren’t especially sought after (yet), they still carry a 10 per cent premium over the sleek coupé and this gap will widen over time. The cheapest open DB7 currently fetches around, 30K; an extra £5000 will secure a Vantage coupé while the open-topped equivalent is still in excess of £40,000 – more than newer DB9 or V8 Vantage in some cases.

 

GENERAL

As ever, with any premium brand, it’s very wise to buy the best example you can as a poor DB7 can easily need five figures spent to bring it up to speed. Your first port of call must be HPI (01722 422 422), to check the car’s history and whether it’s been in a bad prang.

 

BODY AND CHASSIS

Rust can be an issue, especially as Aston cut back on underselling cars around 2002 and don’t be surprised to see past welding repairs or advisories on the MoT certificate. Leaks from the windscreen are costly and can lead to floor rust.

 

RUNNING GEAR

Back axles inherently noisy. Suspension bushes have a hard time (some say they are better made than Jag items) and expect to see worn brake discs. Like the XJ-S, wheel bearings are prone to rapid wear.

BEST MODEL?
V12
WORST MODEL? ‘Six’ automatic
BUDGET BUY? As above
OK FOR UNLEADED? Yes
SPARES SITUATION? Indifferent
DIY EASE? Like all moderns…
CLUB SUPPORT? Typical Aston
APPRECIATING ASSET? Some exceeding Vantage and DB9



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