DB7 Vantage Volante

DB7 Vantage Volante Description

Chassis No. 400002 – 404458

In Production 1999 - 2003

The Volante version of the V12 Vantage was introduced during 1999 simultaneously with the coupe. This was the first time since the DB6 Mark 2 Volante that the closed and open cars competed for customers at the time of first introduction. Both the exterior specification and improvements underneath were broadly the same as the Vantage Coupe with the exception of the anti-roll bar being deleted for the Volante. Thus it was a little less of a driver’s car and a little more of a long distance GT cruiser. All Volantes, regardless of the choice of transmission, were electronically restricted to 165mph.

When the GT was introduced, one might have expected that a Volante would perhaps be fitted with the slightly more powerful AM2A/ GT specification engine. Despite an extensive search, the Registrar has not found a single example of this ever happening. It is however perfectly possible to see Volantes with the optional GT wheels and the GT brakes which were also options for 2003MY cars. In total, the number of Volantes produced was only a tiny fraction behind the coupe at 2056 (including all special editions), but this of course exceeds the i6 Volante by more than 2 to 1. The manual Vantage Volante is quite a rare car. Of the ones that we know of, there are about six automatic/Touchtronic for every manual. The colour split is broadly similar to the coupe with a slight emphasis towards lighter colours.

DB7 Vantage Volante Variants

See DB7 Vantage Coupe plus the DB7 Vantage Volante LWB and the Aston Martin 2020 by Italdesign.

DB7 Vantage Volante LWB

The independent Warwickshire specialists, RDS Automotive, took a RHD DB7 V12 Vantage Volante and stretched the wheelbase by 150mm to create a true Grand Tourer with a more generous back seat. The cost of the conversion was an additional £75,000 pushing the total price to £177,000. It is not known whether the car has remained unique but at that price, it seems doubtful that any more were produced.

Aston Martin 2020 by Italdesign

Aston Martin Concepts used to be rare, especially those by Italian Design Houses. The Twenty Twenty was designed by Giorgetto and Fabrizio Giugiaro and intended to give a view of an Aston Martin Spyder for the year 2020. Italdesign sprung this amazing car on unsuspecting visitors to the 2001 Geneva Motor Show. The unique and startling car, based on an early production DB7 Vantage Volante, chassis 400006, had a body made of exposed extruded aluminium structural elements with plastic and carbon fibre body panels.

DB7 Vantage Volante Derivatives

See DB7 Vantage Coupe

DB7 Vantage Volante Specification

For full specifications see the DB7 Vantage Coupe. Differences and additions are noted below.

Body / Coachwork
Two door convertible with 2+2 seating
Fully lined mohair electrically operated hood with heated glass rear screen
Mohair hood cover, leather optional. Optional wind deflector
Suspension
Rear: Independent double wishbone with longitudinal control arms, coil springs, mono-tube dampers. No anti-roll bar
Brakes
GT uprated brakes – (grooved discs/silver calipers) optional from 2003MY
Dimensions
Height 1270 mm
Kerb weight: manual 1868 kg, auto 1920 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 82 litres
Performance
Maximum speed 165 mph (manual and automatic) electronically limited
Acceleration : 0-62mph, 5.1 seconds (manual), 5.2 seconds (automatic)
Price at launch
1999 £99,950 ($150,000 US)
2001 (2002MY) £104,350 ($155,500 US)
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