1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante Convertible
Complete Maintenance & Repair History Since New
40,102 Miles & Truly Cost No Object Maintenance Including Complete Inspection by Local Aston Martin Dealer Within 100 Miles!
Absolutely Beautiful In "Cheviot Metallic Red” / Tan Leather & Claret Interior / Suede Headliner, Chrome Wheels, Matching Tan Convertible Boot Cover
Affordable, Reliable Exotic Car Appearance &
Performance at a Reasonable Price
NOTE: Our listings sometimes get rather lengthy. However, we continually hear from out of state / out of country buyers (the majority of our clients) that they prefer the level of detail that we provide. However, if you are not prepared to read multiple pages of description, we ask that you review the "Specifications" on the car along with viewing the photos. And, yes, we are able to sell the car prior to the end of the eBay auction…please call us at 925-846-1451 with any questions regarding the Aston, Classic Cars Ltd., or transportation.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE: EACH TIME WE LIST A VEHICLE ON EBAY WE RECEIVE COMMENTS THAT THERE ARE NO PHOTOS OF THE INTERIOR, ENGINE, UNDERCARRIAGE, ETC. THERE ARE 100 PHOTOS OF ALL AREAS OF THE VEHICLE, BUT, WHEN YOU REACH WHAT APPEARS TO BE THE LAST PHOTO, YOU WILL NEED TO SCROLL TO VIEW THE REMAINING PHOTOS. IF YOU ARE STILL UNABLE TO SEE THE PHOTOS, PLEASE CALL US AT 925-846-1451 AND WE WILL PROVIDE A LINK FOR THE PHOTOS (IT IS A VIOLATION OF eBay POLICY TO LIST THE URL ON THE eBay LISTING).
Finally, all our photos are taken in a completely natural setting with no artificial lighting. We make every attempt to show every part of the vehicle and may have additional specific photos that we can make available upon request (we are only able to list 100 photos on our Website).
CLASSIC CARS LTD.
HISTORY - THIS 1997 DB7 ASTON MARTIN VOLANTE CONVERTIBLE
For the past 5~ years, this striking Aston Martin DB7 Volante convertible has been owned by a mature, long-time British car collector and enthusiast. His recent medical realities result in the sale of the Aston that he thought he would own for a lifetime.
In addition to the low mileage and beautiful cosmetic condition, what separates this example from many other DB7's is the extensive and "Cost No Object” maintenance that the car has received for its entire life. An unbelievably comprehensive maintenance summary accompanies the car that provides history dating back to the cars delivery in to U.S. shores in early 1997. Enthusiasts concerned with proper and complete vehicle documentation will be impressed with the cars California history dating back to 2003, when it was only 5 years old. Prior to that time, the car was serviced by the Aston Martin dealer only accumulating a total of 15,000 miles. Since 2003, the DB7 has had two long-term owners who have spent a considerable sum to ensure that the car is reliable and that there are no deferred maintenance needs. The Aston comes complete with receipts from maintenance by the Aston Martin dealer as recently as 100 miles ago and virtually every receipt for repairs and preventative maintenance dating back 20~ years. A summary of repairs can be found under the section below entitled "Maintenance Summary.”
THIS 1997 DB7 ASTON MARTIN VOLANTE CONVERTIBLE
With just over 40,000 documented miles, the Aston has been well cared for its entire life. Details and upgraded features of the DB7 include the following:
- Finished in Factory Correct Cheviot Red Metallic
- Parchment Leather Seats Piped in Oxblood
- Claret Carpets Color Coordinated to the Exterior
- Suede Headliner in Parchment
- Stainless Steel Grille
- Custom Driving Lights
- Factory Chrome Finished Wheels with Custom Center Hub Caps in Body Color
- Special Exhaust System
- Unused Factory Tools / Spare
The color combination of this particular Aston Martin is absolutely lovely and finished difficult to find Cheviot red, a color that could be described as Merlot metallic. With the color coordinated parchment leather interior and exterior matching burgundy carpet and steering wheel trim, it is truly striking. The conditon of the interior and reflects the condition of a well maintained, 40K mile fair weather car. Every indication is that this car was never used for "regular" transportation.
The paint and body are in very good condition as the photos indicate. The body is very straight and devoid of dents and other damage and, as a mostly weekend vehicle, it remains free from parking lot dents and road rash on the front of the bonnet with the exception of very typical "rash” under the front from air-dam due to occasional light scraping on steep driveways and is not noticeable unless the car is viewed on a lift. Early in the cars life the right lower rear side was scraped against a small barrier and an insurance claim was presented so an "accident" is reflected on the CarFax. However, the minor damage was repaired professionally and properly. The bumpers are straight and free from damage. The Aston's undercarriage is (photos shown) is dry with absolutely no rust through, damage to the frame, or suspension components. The interior has seen gentle use and outside of the normal patina of fine leather remains free from damage. The suspension & underside of the Aston, including the engine, transmission, and rear end also reflect the cars low mileage and excellent maintenance by the Aston Martin dealer and Aston specialists.
Also, inspection of the other exterior parts of the car (emblems, grill, trim, etc.) shows them to be in absolutely beautiful condition. The photos accurately describe the cars condition.
The doors, hood, and trunk gaps are very good and close / lock securely. The doors do not sag, and, of course, the hinges are solid and rust free as is the entire car. The undersides of the hood and trunk are free from rust, dirt and grease and in excellent condition. The entire engine bay is clean and well presented. The engine has not been cleaned up for the photographs but as a result of ongoing maintenance is clean and free from excessive dirt/grease build-up.
The glass on the car is free from cracks and the rubber trim is excellent.
The maintenance file on the Aston is extensive and from a practical standpoint, too lengthy to detail item by item. The following represents a summary of the work that was performed within the previous 5~ years and over the course of 10,000+ miles of the cars total 40,000 miles. Previous mechanical receipts and documentation support that the DB7 was treated to this level of care previously, and for its entire life. (Summary shown from most recent service <100 miles ago by Cole European - Aston Martin):
40,916 Miles - May 1, 2018
- Complete oil & filter service
- Replaced front shock absorber bushing
- Performed complete A/C service including recharge & evacuate - Blows cold”
- Tires and brakes inspected and all fluids & pressures checked
- Replaced water pump, housing and O-rings - refill & bleed system
40,386 Miles - 7,500 Mile Service
- 7,500 mile service, complete oil service, check all fluids, brake fluid,
- Front end alignment
- New A/C compressor, Freon and charge system
- New battery
- Install battery tender
- Repair fog lights
- Replace in-op door handle
- Bleed cooling system
- Replace thermostat
- Repair passenger electric window
- Complete 23 point inspection by dealer
- Smog test
- Remove & replace electronic idle control assembly and gasket
- R&R engine cooler lines, remove power steering rack and power steering housing to replace leaking seals and reinstall.
- Check A/C, recharge & add Freon
- Repair all lighting systems to ensure 100% functionality including tail lights, side marker lights, dash lights, trunk lights, license plate light.
- Check ABS system and repair
- Complete oil service
- Cooling flush
- Service differential, new fluid and lubricate rubber bushings and boots
- Change brake fluid, bleed system
- Service automatic transmission
- Complete electronic tune-up
- New air and fuel filters
NOTE: Compression check completed with 150 psi in all cylinders
A review of historical repair invoices during the previous 20,000 miles also shows extensive servicing and maintenance including, but not limited to replacement of drive-belts, spark plugs (and tune-ups), tires, brakes, major and minor services and other preventative maintenance efforts.
The DB7 drivability reflects the considerable care that the car has received from its mature and responsible owners. Of course, it fires up immediately under all conditions and emits the wonderful sound of a supercharged 6-cylinder engine. It runs cool, even in the 100+ degree weather in Northern California. The idle is smooth and it has been totally reliable. The car is a pleasure to drive with excellent power, stops and steers straight and does not pull, or wander. The car stops straight and sure. The parking brake works and is properly adjusted.
The transmission is free from any issues and there are no signs of slipping, noise, or shifting issues. The remainder of the cars drive-line components is equally as good. The DB7 does not leak excessive fluids, is smoke free, and the engine sounds great. The car is fitted with what we are told is an upgraded special exhaust system exhaust giving it the perfect sound. The charging system is fully operational and the Chevy holds a charge even after sitting for a prolonged period of time. The gauges all display proper readings.
The climate control / heating & defrosting system is completely functional and been regularly serviced by Aston Martin and specialists.
The spare is mounted in the rear cargo area along with unused factory tools / jack.
HISTORY OF THE ASTON MARTIN DB7
Beginning in 1993, the DB7 was initially available as a coupe, and was intended to be a more achievable model in comparison to the hand-built Virage. Achievable is relative, of course, as the DB7 coupe cost $140,000. The car was manufactured in the Bloxham, Oxfordshire factory in accordance with specific Aston Martin criteria.
The DB7, while produced in larger numbers than previous Aston Martin models, was anything but pedestrian. Its sinewy styling, courtesy of Ian Callum, was a great departure from Aston Martin designs of the previous two decades. The car simply looked like a modern world-beater. Under the hood, the DB7 carried a 3.2-liter, DOHC, 24-valve, supercharged I-6 engine to the effect of 335 hp. Hydraulic and ventilated disc brakes adorned each corner, as did independent suspension. Most USA examples received the benefit of a stout 4-speed automatic transmission. The DB7 was the first (and only, to date) Aston Martin to use steel unit construction.
In 1996, the company introduced a convertible version of the DB7. The DB7 raised Aston's profile and recaptured the imagination of many who sought excellent performance, comfort and reliability and Aston Martin pedigree. Today, well maintained examples of DB7's are an appealing choice for collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Body style 2-door, 4-passenger
Vehicle configuration Front engine, rear drive
Engine configuration Supercharged I-6, DOHC,
Engine displacement, ci/cc 198/3239
Horsepower,hp @ rpm, SAE net 335 @ 5750
Torque,lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net 361 @ 3000
Transmission 4-speed auto.
Axle ratio 3.54:1
Wheelbase, in./mm 102.0/2591
Length, in./mm 186.0/4724
Track, in./mm 59.7/60.2/1516/1531
Base curb weight, lb 4125
Fuel capacity, gal 23.5
Fuel economy,EPA city/hwy., mpg 16/24 (est.)
Suspension, f/r Unequal-length control arms/
lateral arms with trailing links
Steering Rack and pinion, power assist
Brakes, f/r Vented discs/vented discs, ABS
Wheels, f/r, in. 18 x 8.0, cast aluminum
Tires Bridgestone Expedia, 245/40ZR18
Acceleration, 0-60, sec 6.1
Quarter mile, sec/mph 14.8/89.2
Braking, 60-0, ft 113
- Base price $140,000 - $150,000
* We encourage telephone calls to discuss in greater details the condition/specifics of this Aston Martin DB7.
* We will be glad to discuss a sale of the car prior to the end of the listing on eBay, and ask that interested parties call us at 925-846-1451 for additional information/specifics.
* As with virtually all collector/specialty vehicles, we find that parts and resources are readily available for this (and most every vehicle), thanks in large part to the Internet!
* In addition to the purchase price of the vehicle, California buyers will be subject to sales tax, documentation fee, DMV transfer fees and license/registration. Out-of-state buyers will be responsible for the purchase price of the vehicle and any local taxes/fees will be the purchaser's responsibility to pay in their respective state.
IMPORTANT NOTE: if the vehicle is delivered or driven in California and driven on California roads, sales-tax, license registration and transfer fees will be assessed per California law.
* While we encourage telephone calls to discuss this vehicle in greater detail we will not respond to inquiries asking "What is the reserve". Also, if you would prefer that we call you to answer any questions about the vehicle; shipping alternatives, etc. please e-mail us with your telephone number and will gladly get back in touch with you. Also, we encourage pre-inspections but ask that you contact us in advance since we are often times away from our offices.
* As with any collectible vehicle of this vintage we are unable to provide a warranty or guarantee of condition. However, we make every effort to accurately represent our vehicles, and highlight both positive items as well as areas that require attention. We ask that prospective buyers consider our EBay history/feedback, standing in the community, length of time in business, and other factors when purchasing a collectible vehicle from Classic Cars Ltd.
* Please keep in mind that, as with any used vehicle, minor cosmetic issues/flaws may be present that add to the "patina" of the car and are a part of even the best restoration, or even a relatively new, used "pre-owned" vehicle.
PURCHASING A COLLECTOR VEHICLE - THINGS TO CONSIDER
As always, we recommend that you carefully review the seller's background of any collector car being sold over the Internet. We believe that it is important to ask yourself a number of questions including, but not limited to:
- How long have they been in business?
- How much experience do they have with collector cars?
- How many positive collector car vehicle sales have completed (positive EBay feedback)?
- How detailed/complete is the description of the vehicle?
- Do the photos show details of the interior, exterior, top, chrome, etc. or are they simply "Glamour Shots" taken from a distance?
- Does the seller have a Surety Bond to protect the financial transaction?
- What about insurance, licensing by the state, and a local business license?
- Does the seller (if a business) have any DMV (Motor Vehicle) complaints and/or other history of legal action, grievances?
- Does the seller enjoy a favorable local and national/international reputation?
- Can the seller assist with funding sources, transport and out of state/country sales?
ABOUT CLASSIC CARS LTD.
* Classic Cars Ltd. has been in the same, small, California town for over 25 years. We operate a small "brick & mortar", indoor showroom, and specialize in the sale, consignment, and purchase of sports, high performance and specialty vehicles of all types. We have a particular interest in sports cars and unique vehicles.
* The majority of our vehicles come from local, private owners and collectors, and many were sold new in California. We appreciate that rust free cars, with excellent documentation and history are especially attractive to our buyers both locally, and around the country. As a result, we do not purchase our collectible cars from "distressed" sales, such as wholesale auctions, salvage sales, or lien sales. We do not sell vehicles with salvage titles, or those that have a history of significant accident damage or repair.
* Please review our feedback on eBay (user name Never22Many) representing over 930+ positive transactions to buyers all over the United States / World.
* We are fully insured, bonded, and licensed for collector car sales all over the United States/World.
* Classic Cars Ltd. carries a $50,000 Surety bond to cover financial transactions
* We enjoy excellent relationships with a number of transport companies and, as a result, can often times obtain preferred pricing for vehicle shipping. Please give us a call and we will be glad to refer you to suitable transport companies. Needless to say, we would recommend a quality, enclosed transporter that is experience with moving high quality, collectible cars.
* We frequently sell vehicles to out of State / out of country buyers, and will be glad to provide references for buyers in your area.
Classic Cars Ltd.
|Body Type / Style:||Convertible
|Wooden Steering Wheel|
California Lic & Reg
Chrome Wire Wheels
Dual Side Mirrors
Factory Console / Automatic
Factory Overdrive Transmission
Fog / Driving Lights
Matching Numbers Engine
Matching Numbers Transmission
Meets All USA Standards
Original Jack & Tools
| ||Original Owners Manual|
Original Sheet Metal
Oval Chrome Exhaust Tips
Rear Storage Area
Recent Mechanical Upgrades
Runs / Drives Very Well