The DB7

The first Aston Martin to be produced under Ford’s ownership was the DB7, which appeared in 1994. It was conceived as a spiritual successor to the DB4, which meant it was smaller and lighter than the big V8s that preceded it. Crucially, it would also have a straight-six engine, just like the DB4.

The engine was a 335bhp 3.2-litre light alloy, supercharged, twin camshaft straight-six. The later DB7 Vantage carried a 420bhp 6.0-litre V12, an all alloy unit boasting Visteon EEC V engine management controlled fuel injection, ignition and diagnostic systems.

The chassis was based on that of the old Jaguar XJS, while the car was built in the factory that had been used for the XJ220 supercar. The DB7’s design was strikingly modern and forward thinking in its appearance.

Inside, there was plenty of leather and wood on show, and the cockpit was comfortable and luxurious, with two seats in the back that were ideal for children.

The DB7 was developed on a very tight budget and in a short timescale, yet still re-launched Aston Martin onto the world market, selling in no less than 29 countries.

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