The DB7 is one of the more memorable modern Aston Martin super cars during the Ford era to become the highest production Aston Martin model ever, with more than 7,000 built between 1994 and 2003. Styled by Ian Callum, the DB7 served as the English coach builder’s entry level offering powered by everything from a 3.2 Liter supercharged inline six cylinder making a 335 HP Convertible for the North American market to a highly tuned V12 Vantage in 1999 with a Cosworth built 6.0 Liter V12 making 420 HP and 400 lb-ft of torque which allowed the baby Aston to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 185 MPH. Eventually the DB7 grew into what the high performance variant showed it could be and became the DB9 grand tourer, however it did pave the way for the smaller Aston Martin V8 Vantage along the way.
In 1965, the Aston Martin DB5 was on its way out of showrooms and the new DB6 was being shown off at the London Motor Show. Between these two events lies the shortest-lasting production model convertible ever produced by Aston: the 1966 Aston Martin Volante.
The Volante was based off of the 37 remaining unused 1965 DB5s, but donned the more luxurious amenities of the DB6. When this model debuted, it was nicknamed the “Short Chassis” in an effort to help distinguish it from the longer DB6. As a result of the name, many people mistook that as meaning it was actually a shortened version of the DB5, which it is not.
Despite its awesome performance for the era, sharp looks, and popularity, the Volante was only an interim car. It was used just to bridge the gap between the time that the DB5 left and the DB6 hit showrooms. This means that production ceased as soon as the 37 unused DB5 chassis were converted.
Coming across a rare Aston Martin like this happens just about as often as you have a chance of seeing a Sasquatch or the Loch Ness Monster. Okay, maybe it’s a little more likely than seeing those, but you get our point. Well, get your wallet and passport ready, as RM Auctions is just about to auction off one of the 37 1966 Aston Martin ’Short Chassis’ Volante units on May 12th, 2012 in Monaco.
So how does this classic Brit motorcar look, feel, and drive?
Click past the jump to read our review and find out.
Aston Martin may be making headlines with their new Virage powered by the company’s 490hp V12 engine, but back at the headquarters, execs are talking about the return of a specific engine used back in their heyday. The future generation of Aston Martin sports cars may come packing the classic ’straight six’ engine configuration that dominated Aston Martin during the time of the DB7.
Aston Martin’s chief exec, Dr Ulrich Bez, said that the company is already preparing an inline engine of "around 2.5 liter capacity with direct injection and turbocharging." If this kind of engine is used, the models featuring it will be built on the same VH platform that underpins all its current models: "And of course a straight six will fit, because we can already get the V12s in."
The DB7 was actually the last Aston Martin to carry the straight six configuration, so we’re wondering if this particular badge will make a comeback in the next five years. There’s not really much to go on to make an accurate prediction, but considering the Aston Martin DB7 was the highest production Aston Martin model ever, we think bringing it back may not be such a bad idea.
Aston Martin DB7Z Zagato was born during a meeting between Elio’s son Andrea Zagato, and Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd., in Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance 2001. The idea was to relaunch the collaboration between the two companies.
Four months later (January 2002), Zagato presented to Ulrich Bez and Henrich Fisker his first sketches of the car and obtained the approval during the Geneva Motorshow (March 2002).
The Vantage name has been used by Aston Martin since 1950 to identify the highest performance model in a particular range. It was first introduced for the Aston Martin DB2. Since the DBS model in 1972 a Vantage derivative has included changes to the specification of the brakes, steering and suspension to match the improved performance. Now, a New Aston Martin Vantage has arrived on the scene, the DB7 Vantage , with a maximum speed in excess of 180 mph (290km/h) powered by a totally new, high technology 420 horsepower 6.0 litre V12.
The International Birmingham Motor Show witnessed the launch of the most powerful Aston Martin DB7 model ever made - the DB7 GT. Created in less than one year, this addition to the existing Aston Martin line-up has been developed in conjunction with customers who wanted a car that had a little more performance, increased driver involvement and excellent road handling.