Happy times on the way for As­ton Martin DB7 buy­ers

Classic Cars (UK) - - Chasing Cars -

Time to look care­fully at the DB7 mar­ket. Anglia Auc­tions sold two in June – a ’97 Volante in ma­roon with 55k miles and dealer his­tory for £20,140 and a very fresh ’98 Coupé in Mendip Blue, 12-year own­er­ship, large his­tory file and 34k miles for £26,500. Both cars feel good value at this money. Also in June, CCA sold a ’95 Coupé in Jet Black with 72k miles for £15,400, while Barons drew £15,180 for a 2002 V12 Volante Van­tage auto in Buck­ing­hamshire Green with 96k.

Auc­tion prices have fallen off over the last few months and even an ex­cep­tional car such as the mint 28k-mile 2000 Van­tage Coupé that His­torics sold in May made only £29k. I also see a soft­en­ing re­flected in some pri­vate ads such as the seller in Lit­tle­hamp­ton of­fer­ing a ‘su­perb’ Me­te­orite Sil­ver ’95 auto coupé with 42k miles for a very rea­son­able £23,250. With ne­go­ti­a­tion, that one might sell for £20k. This down­ward step in val­ues is caused by too many cars on the mar­ket, but their in­trin­sic ap­peal hasn’t changed – they’re still one of Ian Cal­lum’s most in­spired de­signs, ra­di­ate un­mis­tak­able As­ton DNA and, if you can find a V12 Van­tage man­ual, good for 186mph. Higher prices over the last cou­ple of years means many were treated to ex­pen­sive re­furbs and qual­ity ser­vic­ing, so look for stamped his­to­ries and thick ser­vice port­fo­lios. There are close on 200 DB7S for sale in the UK, so the mar­ket is in the buyer’s favour. We may even see a time in the next 12 months when early sub-60,000 3.2 auto coupés start pop­ping up at £17k. Happy days. Watch and wait.

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