Price: £30,000 (2002) – £40,000 (2004)
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The Bloxham-built DB7 was first to get Aston’s then-new 5.9-litre V12 engine with the introduction of the 420bhp Vantage model in 1999. The GT introduced in 2002 was essentially an improved, slightly more powerful (435bhp)Vantage, available in manual or automatic (GTA) guises.
A mesh grille, bonnet vents, bootlid spoiler and optional carbonfibre trim were the visual changes. As with the Vanquish, a 140-point check by an independent specialist is highly advisable for the DB7 – and any ‘heritage era’ (pre-Gaydon) Aston. This is because parts are more expensive and most jobs take longer, making labour charges high too. Factor any required work into the sale price.
The underpinnings are largely Jaguar-based, and that means a steel structure, which is inevitably prone to corrosion, particularly around the front of the rear trailing arm area. Check for oil and fluid leaks, and also worn suspension bushes, any clunking from the driveline and binding brakes – they’re all potentially costly to fix. The GT also suffers clutch problems caused by a crankshaft spigot bearing failure. It’s a long list, and all the more reason to engage a specialist to survey any potential purchase, but buy wisely and the GT makes a rare and characterful Aston.
‘I bought one’
Steve Andrews - ‘I had my DB7 GTA from November 2010 until April 2012. It was a 2003 car and had covered around 16,000 miles when I bought it. Having come from a CLK 320 with loads of tech, it did feel a little retro, and there were a number of “quirks” – like some of the dials being obscured by the steering wheel – while the back seats were pretty useless. However, it was a lot of fun, and never broke down or failed to start first time at any point during the 18 months I had it. I did around 4000 miles in it altogether and loved it to bits. In fact in April, I traded it in to get a DB9 Volante.’