2003 Aston Martin DB7 GTA Coupé Registration no. LA03 GTA Chassis no. SCFAB12323K303822
Based on the V12-engined DB7 Vantage, the DB7 GT was Aston Martin's response to customers asking for 'more performance, increased driver involvement, and improved roadholding'. Introduced in March 1999, the DB7 Vantage featured a state-of-the-art, all-alloy V12 engine, a 'first' for a production Aston Martin. This 6.0-litre, 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.
For the DB7 GT, the V12 engine received a Vanquish-type exhaust system that liberated more power (435bhp), which was transmitted via an AP Racing clutch to the six-speed manual gearbox (the auto 'box GTA kept the 420bhp engine). A lower final drive ratio made the GT quicker off the mark, while upgraded brakes ensured that it had stopping power to match. Elsewhere there were changes to the suspension, steering, wheels, and bodywork: the latter gaining bonnet vents and a boot spoiler while the under-tray was reshaped.
One of only some 300 GT/GTA models built, this automatic example was purchased by the current vendor in 2017, together with a manual transmission example, from independent Aston Martin specialists, McGurk Performance Cars. The DB7 was serviced and MoT'd by McGurk prior to delivery and since then has been looked after by the vendor's personal mechanic. Little used and sold only because the vendor is thinning out his collection, this exciting Aston Martin supercar is offered with current MoT and a V5C Registration Certificate.