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3 out of 5 stars

For The DB7 Volante has to be one of the most beautiful drop-tops ever made

Against The V12 engine will require fettling and fuel, and that's going to cost a considerable amount of money

Verdict The DB7 is absolutely gorgeous, but it's very expensive if anything goes wrong

Go for… DB7 Volante

Avoid… Not applicable

Aston Martin DB7 Convertible
  • 1. Check the tyres carefully - a poorly set-up suspension can cause excessive wear
  • 2. The air-con has a habit of needing expensive repairs
  • 3. Stone chips and blemishes can require costly panel replacements
  • 4. V12 engine requires careful maintenance to keep it in tip-top condition
  • 5. Make sure the hood is in good order, and that the tonneau cover isn't missing
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Aston Martin DB7 Convertible full review with expert trade views

The DB7 Volante is arguably one of the best-looking convertibles of all time. Long sensuous lines, an air of exclusivity and a famous badge make it a classic.

The 6.0-litre V12 engine produces 420bhp, giving great performance with a maximum speed of 165mph, but it's docile at real-world speeds. The convertible isn’t as composed on the road as the coupe, but it’s still a great drive. However, this is not a pure sports car, and is better suited to the open highway than tight twisty roads. There's a fair amount of wind buffeting in the Volante, but it does allow you to hear all 12 cylinders sing, and few owners complain about the snarling soundtrack. The hood feels low-tech by today’s standards and everything is done by hand. It’s fiddly and not very quick to erect or fold away, while the tonneau is tricky to fit. Boot space is severely limited.

Trade view

John Owen

Beautiful to behold, beware poorly maintained examples. Very costly to rectify

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

The right specification and colour are important when choosing a Volante: darker hues are less popular with buyers. You shouldn’t expect high spec levels - the base models didn’t even come with a CD player. All the fundamentals are in place, but forget about items such as satellite-navigation, or electrically folding door mirrors on the earlier cars. Equipment and options got better over the course of time.

The six-speed manual gearbox gives the best performance, but it’s not all that user-friendly, and most owners opted for the automatic. From 2000, a sequential-shift Touchtronic system replaced the older auto 'box.

Approved dealers are the best source for the newest examples, but there are independents with a good selection of stock. Most Astons are well cared for, so steer clear of scruffy ones with high miles, and make sure the service history is complete. Be wary of very cheap offers.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Consistent buyer interest. Silver, blue or green are the colours that sell

James Ruppert
Used car guru

The Volante shouldn’t be as expensive to own as other V12 exotica, such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but that doesn’t mean it will be cheap. Service intervals are every 7500 miles and each visit can set you back over £600, so if you plan to cover some miles make sure that you budget accordingly. The DB7 also has a habit of consuming tyres; a set can last as little as 8000 miles and set you back over £800 to replace.

You’re unlikely to buy a V12 DB7 if you’re worried about its fuel consumption , but it’s quite possible to get less than 17mpg, so you’ll be spending a fair amount of time and money at the pumps. Insurance isn’t cheap, and with a grouping of 20, you’ll be doing well to keep the premium under four figures.

Trade view

John Owen

Beautiful to behold, beware poorly maintained examples. Very costly to rectify

John Owen
Buyer,
Fords of Winsford

Early DB7s had a few reliability issues, but many had been ironed out when the V12 was launched. Known problems include rapid tyre wear due to poor suspension set-up, cracked exhaust manifolds and warped brake discs, while the air-con has a habit of needing expensive repairs. Because the bodywork is made from exotic materials, badly repaired stone chips and blemishes can lead to later problems and costly panel replacements. Accident damage is also expensive to repair.

You need to make sure the hood is in good order. You shouldn’t fold the hood down without fitting the tonneau cover, so make sure it’s present.

The Connolly leather interior needs regular conditioning to stay at its best. Because the interior is exposed to the elements, a car that has been poorly maintained will look tired.

Trade view

James Ruppert

Consistent buyer interest. Silver, blue or green are the colours that sell

James Ruppert
Used car guru
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