2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante Convertible Registration no. P8 CKT Chassis no. SCFAB3232YK400571 Engine no. AM2/00596
Introduced at the Geneva Salon in March 1999, the DB7 Vantage was no mere high-performance version of the existing six-cylinder DB7, but an exciting new model powered by a state-of-the-art, all-alloy V12 engine, the first of this configuration to power a production Aston Martin. Produced jointly by parent company Ford's Research and Vehicle Technology department and fellow group member Cosworth Technology, this 6-litre, quad-cam, 48-valve unit produced 420bhp and 400lb/ft of torque while meeting all current and projected emissions regulations. Engine functions, diagnostics, traction control and vehicle security were assigned to a Visteon electronic engine management system while 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, 165mph for the Vantage Volante convertible.
To accommodate the new engine/transmission package, the existing DB7 bodyshell was re-engineered, acquiring a new frontal structure and enlarged transmission tunnel. The result was a torsionally stiffer structure that exceeded all contemporary crash test requirements. Both front and rear suspension arrangements were developed specifically for this new model, incorporating revised linkages and special Bilstein shock absorbers. The 15" diameter wheels too were unique to the Vantage, which also featured cross-drilled and ventilated Brembo brakes and Teves electronic four-channel ABS.
The Vantage's introduction was the culmination of two years intensive development and testing that included hundreds of thousands of miles covered in climatic conditions ranging from arctic to desert, as well as continuous 30-day accelerated durability tests at MIRA. 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 an individual buyer's personal requirements. All the usual luxury appurtenances came as standard, while clients could choose from a list of options that included satellite navigation, fitted luggage and parking sensors.
Attractively trimmed in leather with blue carpets, dashboard and roof lining throughout. And specified with double spoke alloy wheels, this Vantage Volante Convertible was purchased locally by the vendor and comes complete with service books, owner's manual and tools. A total of 60,124 miles is currently displayed on the odometer and the car is described as in generally good condition. Offered with V5C registration document and current MoT, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire an example of this ultimate soft-top Aston Martin for a fraction of the original purchase price.