Is It Time to Buy an Aston Martin DB7?

Aston's first car under Ford ownership is starting to look like a good buy.

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I can remember when this car previewed a bright future for Aston Martin. Its first new model after being bought by Ford, the DB7 took the platform from the old Jaguar XJS and styling from an abandoned E-Type successor and breathed new life into Aston Martin. And in 1999, the DB7's greatness was certified with the creation of the Vantage, the first Aston Martin with a V12.

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That V12 was really just two Ford Duratec V6s conjoined, but it made 420 hp and sounded fantastic, so no one cared. The DB7 was an odd assemblage of parts turned into a great car, and one that kept the Aston legend alive into the 21st century. Its this importance that makes the DB7's relatively low prices today so surprising.

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Just check out . At $50,000, its asking price is on the more expensive end of , but this is a rare manual-transmission coupe. And it's a great spec too, with its light green exterior and cream interior.

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Of course, today, it's hard to overlook some of the cheaper elements of the DB7—its interior door handles are from the first-generation Miata—but in a way, they help tell the story of the car. The DB7 was Aston making the best of what it had, spending its limited budget on the things that mattered like the engine and styling.

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And the DB7 still looks damn good today. Ian Callum penned a masterpiece here, and it's aged beautifully.

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So the question is, will DB7 values climb from here? It's tough to say. Desirable examples like this one could get expensive, while earlier inline-six models and automatic-transmission cars might stay relatively low.

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In any case, this DB7 Vantage at $50,000 is an interesting alternative to the V8 Vantage, which can be had for around the same price. Maybe it's worth your consideration.

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