Aston Martin’s Third Savior
Written by Steve Serio
|Years Produced:||1997–98 DB7 coupe/Volante; 2000–03 DB7 Vantage cou|
|Number Produced:||1997–98 a total of 478, with 107 coupes and 371 Volantes; 2000–03 a total of 1,129, with 367 coupes and 762 Volantes (64 GTs and 17 GTAs included abov|
|Original List Price:||1997, $125,000 for a coupe and $135,000 for a Volante; 2003, $140,450 for a coupe and $150,450 for a Volante, plus options|
|SCM Valuation:||DB7 coupe, $25,000–$65,000; DB7 Volante, $30,000–$75,000|
|Tune Up Cost:||DB7, $815; DB7 Vantage, $884 Coil packs: DB7, $132 times six; DB7 Vantage, $113 times 12|
|Chassis Number Location:||DB7, front left inner fender and front left corner of windscreen; DB7 Vantage, right inner fender and front left corner of windscreen|
|Engine Number Location:||DB7, on the front right side and on the power steering pump mounting flange; DB7 Vantage, plaque on top of engine cover|
|Club Info:||Aston Martin Owners Club|
|Alternatives:||1995–97 Porsche 993 Carrera 2002–04 Porsche 996 GT2 1994 Mercedes-Benz E500 1996–2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello|
Aston Martin and its various ownership incarnations have perfected the art of going under — think massive avalanche — and then being saved for another life of making cars.
Anyone familiar with the history of this much-admired, cherished and revered company realizes that Lazarus has nothing on these car builders from the United Kingdom.
The Big Three saviors that I will reference during the “walking on that razor for survival” chapters of Aston’s history are not the Detroit Big Three: Ford, GM and Chrysler. The “Big Three” for Aston have been David Brown, Ford and the advent of the 1996–2003 DB7 and DB7 Vantage.