Jag In Drag: 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Coupe – $23,900
Despite Aston Martin’s late nineties DB7 being the first all-new model produced under Ford’s ownership, the car was a stunner that remains attractive to this day. Its not often we see one as nice as the one here on Craigslist in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania where the current caretaker has his 92K original mile example listed for $23,900. A review of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the seller has his DB7 priced $300 higher than the #3 “Good” estimate. If you are serious about purchasing this Aston Martin, you can start the conversation by e-mailing him here.
Aston Martin launched the DB7 as a mass-produced Grand Tourer for the 1994 model year. Astons Martins up to this point were hand built, so Ford’s owner ship greatly influenced Aston’s ability to manufacture the “Entry Level” DB7 at a $140K price point, which was much lower than the still-hand-built V8 Virage introduced several years earlier. With its much lower price, the DB7 became the highest produced Aston Martin automobile ever, with more than 7,000 built before it was replaced by the DB9 in 2004. The downside of mass production was the amount of shared Ford division components. Notable examples include the tail lights c from the Mazda 323, chrome door handles the Mazda 323 Estate, the turn signals came the Mazda Miata, and the interior door mirror switches came from the Ford Scorpio.
We like this DB7 as it appears to be a well-maintained example with the seller stating everything works as designed. About the only thing we notice cosmetically from the pictures provided is what appears to be some minor curb rash along the lower edge of the front air dam. These DB7s shared many components with its Jaguar (also owned by Ford at the time) counterparts, so replacement part prices are somewhat reasonable compared to other Aston models. There is a certain cache of owning an Aston Martin, regardless of the model, that you will feel every time you get into this example. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“This is a beautiful sport coupe in excellent condition in the best color – black on black. Don’t be afraid of the mileage, I would be confident taking this car cross-country at any time. The engine, transmission, and fuel system have been well-serviced and perform flawlessly. All of the suspension bushings have been replaced to ensure a tight, like-new feel. It has been garage kept and is ready to be driven. All instruments, gauges, and systems – including heat and AC – perform as they should. I will provide a fresh Pennsylvania inspection so that nothing will need to be done upon delivery.“
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