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2004 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
Registration no. RG04 DWF (see text)
Chassis no. SCFAB32363K404356

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. This 6-litre, quad-cam, 48-valve unit produced 420bhp and 400lb/ft of torque while meeting all current and projected emissions regulations, 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.

To accommodate the new engine/transmission package, the existing DB7 bodyshell was re-engineered, acquiring a new frontal structure and an 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.
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 an extensive list of options.

First registered on 2nd March 2004, this Vantage Volante was purchased by the vendor in May 2014 when it had covered 9,400 miles. The car is finished in Antrim Blue with Atlantic Blue/Parchment hide interior, while other noteworthy features include Touchtronic automatic transmission, black brake callipers, satellite navigation system, embroidered over-mats, heated front screen, and walnut veneer interior embellishment.

Carried out in May 2014 by Aston Service London, the most recent service included attention to surface corrosion and repairs to the front and rear sub-frames. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate, current MoT, and MoTs dating back to 2010 listed on old MoTs. The current cherished registration is being retained, and the car is expected to have been returned to its previous registration, 'RG04 DWF', by time of sale. Described as in generally excellent condition, it represents a rare opportunity to acquire a low-mileage example of this ultimate soft-top Aston Martin for a fraction of the original purchase price.

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