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Pick of the Day: 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

A great GT convertible for under $30K

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Of all the cars I have owned the most special have been built by Aston Martin. I’m not sure why Astons have felt more special than the Ferraris, Maseratis, and Porsches I have owned.

Maybe it’s the styling, history, or the James Bond affiliation, but the cars built in Newport, Pagnell, or Gaydon have always had been a little more special than the rest of the cars I’ve owned. Whether I am behind the wheel or just looking at them parked in my garage, there is just something magical about owning an Aston.

The best part about Aston Martin cars is that there is a model available at just about any price point. You can spend as much as millions of dollars on one, or you can spend some time searching and find one for as little as $30,000. Even at lower price point this is an Aston in good condition that you can drive just about anywhere. This is unique in the world of top-tier collector cars and something that cannot be replicated with other members of the exclusive brands.

The Pick of the Day is an amazing find at the low end of the DB7 price spectrum, a 1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante.

Now I have owned a DB7 and I will say if this car was a coupe, I never would have posted it as a pick. Instead I would have called the dealer and bought it myself. The only reason I did not do that with this Volante is that I don’t fit in these cars with the top up. I am 6’4” tall and 6’2” is about the tallest a Volante driver can be to fit in the convertible (Volante) version of the DB7.

The DB7 was in many ways the car that saved Aston Martin as a brand. It was designed by Ian Callum and to me is nothing short of a masterpiece. Jeremy Clarkson called it one of the best car designs of the 20th century and I heartily agree with him. They also drive extremely well, offer plenty of power even when equipped with an automatic transmission, and are simply one of the finest GT cars of the era.

This specific DB7 is being offered by a dealer in Farmingdale, NY and is described as, “a one-owner car with 45k miles. The car is featured in Mendip Blue metallic with Parchment leather piped Blue and Blue convertible top.”

The seller adds that this DB7 has an unblemished history and represents an excellent value, a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with.

1998 Aston Martin DB7
1998 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

Looking at the pictures of this specific example I see a car that appears to be in remarkably original condition and in no way looks like the 25-year-old car it is. This specific DB7 is powered by the supercharged 3.2-liter DOHC inline-6 engine that produced a factory-rated 335 bhp at 5,750 rpm. While that might not seem like much these days, rest assured that this is plenty of power to allow it to both accelerate quickly and cruise all day in excess of 130 mph with a top speed of 155 mph. I say this from my personal experience of owning one of these cars and mine was not nearly as nice as this specific car.

The DB7, especially in 6-cylinder form, has been way too inexpensive for too long. The asking price of this stunning DB7 Volante is $29,900 and is a tremendous amount of car for the money. It guarantees front row valet parking privileges and when you drive it will be a sense of occasion unlike any other car at the price.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Still available? …. We live in Northern California … let us know … happy Memorial Day … stay safe … Rich

  2. Andy
    Get in touch. I have the car you really want. ’03 AM Vanquish, black/black, 2 seater, and, oh yeah, 3 pedals.
    Ted

  3. Hi, Is this car still available. Im in San Francisco ca. and I am interested in the vehicle. Please call me at 4158284458. Thanks. Manny

  4. Andy, well done. Any idea why the people above comment here with interest to buy & send their phone numbers? Admittedly I sometimes scroll quickly to find the link at the bottom, but I still use the link at the bottom. ANYway, more importantly and all judgements aside, I really like your pick of the day column better than any other. Sad that I sold my 67 GTO ragtop at the beginning of 2020 but glad i can still drool.
    cheers from athens ga.

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