A look back at the Aston Martin DB7 (1994 – 2003) 0

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To all intents and purposes the DB7 was the car that saved the Aston Martin bacon. Without it, it’s unlikely the iconic British car manufacturer would still be with us today. Ford had owned the brand since 1988, and had started pumping serious money into it following the launch of the Virage.

The DB7 was born out of the ruins of the aborted 1990 Jaguar XJ41/42 project. With the assistance of TWR, a new Aston Martin started to take shape under the codename NPX.

The new ‘affordable’ Aston Martin DB7 was launched at the 1993 Geneva Salon. It’s fair to say it blew the attending motoring media and public away. Styled by Keith Helfet and Ian Callum, the DB7 looked stunning, stealing the show and lavished with critical acclaim from the motoring experts.

Despite the triumphant reveal, there were a few problems. Despite areas of individual brilliance, it could be said that the first DB7s’ build quality, engine note and ergonomics weren’t perhaps as good as they could’ve been.

In 1996, the Series 2 cars were released and addressed most of the deficiencies. The best edition of the DB7 was the final incarnation of 1999’s V12-engined Vantage, the GT – a car that finally saw the DB7 offer a more serious challenge to its illustrious rivals.

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