Bonhams Auction - Aston Martin and related Automobilia
Aston Martin Lagonda Works Service
17 May 2008
Aston Martin motor cars 15:30
Introduced in March 1999, the DB7 Vantage was an exciting new model powered by 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 Touchtronic 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 specifica