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Bibliography,With thanks to,Aston Martin V8 Michael Bowler Cadogan Publishing. Aston Martin Lagonda David G Styles The Crowwood Press. Aston Martin Buyers Guide Paul R Woudenberg Motorbooks International. Aston Martin V8s F Wilson McComb Osprey Auto History. Aston Martin Gold Portfolio R M Clarke Brooklands Books. Aston Martin Road Tests Adrian Feather The Scolar Press. Aston Martin Dudley Coram Motor Racing Publications. AMOC Registers AMOC,The Most Famous Car David Worrall Solo Publishing. in the World,Aston Journal of the Aston Aston Martin Heritage. Martin Heritage Trust Trust,Power Beauty and Soul David Dowsey Peleus Press. www astonmartin com, I have been working in the world of Aston Martin for the past 25 years I came upon.
the marque in my general course of business in the motor trade and have become as. enthusiastic as my customers about Aston Martin and their products. My son Matthew and I with my first Aston Martin, There is an aura about Aston Martin a heritage far beyond simple statistics Winning. at Le Mans victory in the World Sportscar Championship the Zagatos and Royal. patronage would be enough for any car manufacturer Aston Martin goes beyond that. every car has its character and every owner real pride in his or her car. Any market place has pitfalls for the unwary and opportunities for the unscrupulous. What I have tried to produce is an overview of Aston Martin cars that can act as an. introduction to the marque It is my view coloured by my experiences and the use of. my library of Aston Martin books as a reference Most of the Aston Martin photos. are from my own archive and I have been fortunate enough to enjoy handling each of. these glorious cars, This may represent your first foray into the world of Aston Martin it may supplement. your own knowledge Whatever your point of reference I hope this overview adds. to your enjoyment,Philip Jones,Byron International. ASTON MARTIN DB7,Production dates October 1994 April 1999. Top Speed 157 mph, Acceleration 0 60 mph 5 8 secs 0 100 mph 14 4 secs.
Chassis numbers SCFAA111VK 100001 102703,Length 182 3 inches 4631mm. Width 71 6 inches 1820 mm,Height 50 inches 1268 mm. Ground clearance,Track Front 60 inches 1524 mm,Rear 60 2 inches 1530 mm. Wheelbase 102 inches 2591 mm,Turning circle,Dry weight 3 797 pounds 1 725 Kg. Engine 3 2 straight six supercharged,Capacity 3228 cc.
Cylinder bore 91mm stroke 83 mm,Compression ratio 8 3 1. Power output 335 bhp 5 600 rpm, Fuel Injection Zytec electronic multi point sequential. Chassis All steel semi monocoque with steel panels. Composite bonnet front wings sill and boot lid,Transmission Getrag 5 speed gearbox. 4 speed GM Automatic option,Clutch Hydraulically operated. Front suspension Independent unequal length wishbones with anti dive geometry. Coils springs over telescopic dampers anti roll bar. Rear suspension Independent wishbone with drive shaft as upper link. Longitudinal control arms coil springs over telescopic dampers. Steering Power assisted rack and pinion,Brakes Teves anti lock control.
Front 11 2 discs 285mm,Back 11 6 discs 295mm,1995 Aston Martin DB7. Chassis No SCFAA1115SK 100165,BYRON INTERNATIONAL, Aston Martin had always looked to the support of its shareholders but economic conditions of the. early 1980 s meant that for a change Newport Pagnell was propping up its shareholders businesses. Up to 1987 there had been a number of changes in stockholdings but it was in that year that Victor. Gauntlett had realised that with ever more stringent legislation on automotive production exhaust. emissions and type approval Aston Martin needed a more stable financial platform and assistance in. research and development Later that year the announcement was made that Ford had acquired. 75 of Aston Martin Lagonda with Gauntlett remaining as Chairman and retaining 12 equity. with the remaining 12 in the hands of Peter Livanos. In 1990 Victor Gauntlett had instigated thoughts of a small Aston Martin but had departed for. pastures new before that idea came to fruition on the company s stand at the 1993 Geneva Motor. Show under the direction of Ford s Walter Hayes In deference to the new Life President it was. named the DB7 and was a truly collaborative success. Walter Hayes had persuaded a reluctant Ford board to invest in the project and he had been able to. call on Ford expertise and resource to bolster the Aston Martin engineers Utilising the old Jaguar. XJ220 factory at Bloxham Aston Martin Oxford Limited a joint venture with Tom Walkinshaw. became the home of the new car Tom was also instrumental in the design of the car insofar as a. young Scottish designer had left Ford in 1990 and become General Manager and Chief Designer for. TWR s design studios That designer was Ian Callum and he was tasked to design the new small. The designer claimed that the design processes leading up to the DB7 owed their generation to his. childhood when a family friend had a DB4 The brief was that the car had to be clearly a 1990 s car. whilst paying due homage to the DB heritage Callum grew to understand that the old DB s looked. the way they did because the cabin got narrower as it gets towards the tail Combining these design. cues with a muscularity in the rear wings shaping of the body corners and giving the car a long. raking backlight delivered a car that whilst a little wider than the DB6 was virtually identical in. overall length, Ian Callum described the old Aston Martin grille as having facial characteristics a contented. elegant slightly arrogant smile that no other car could ever have Its pure James Bond It s Sean. Connery that car But Aston Martin heritage isn t Bond it s racing what was needed was a very. elegant very simple design,1996 Aston Martin DB7,Chassis No SCFAA111XVK101218. BYRON INTERNATIONAL, Callum knew there was no place for hair shirt nostalgia on the interior However Walter Hayes.
rejected the first efforts as too stark and by blending a combination of traditional veneers and softer. colours the final effect was traditional Aston Martin in the shell of a modern sports car When you. sank into the hand sewn Connolly hide you had to have an emotional vista as Ian Callum. concluded why should people on the outside have the best view of it. ASTON MARTIN DB7 VOLANTE,Production dates October 1996 2003. Top Speed 152 mph, Acceleration 0 60 mph 6 5 secs 0 100 mph 17 6 secs. Chassis numbers SCFAA311 TK 201001,Length 184 inches 4646mm. Width 72 inches 1830 mm,Height 49 inches 1260 mm,Ground clearance. Track Front 60 inches 1524 mm,Rear 60 2 inches 1530 mm.
Wheelbase 102 inches 2591 mm,Turning circle,Dry weight 4 132 pounds 1 875 Kg. Engine 3 2 straight six supercharged,Capacity 3228 cc. Cylinder bore 91mm stroke 83 mm,Compression ratio 8 3 1. Power output 335 bhp 5 600 rpm, Fuel Injection Zytec electronic multi point sequential. Chassis All steel semi monocoque with steel panels. Composite bonnet front wings sill and boot lid,Transmission Getrag 5 speed gearbox.
4 speed GM Automatic option,Clutch Hydraulically operated. Front suspension Independent unequal length wishbones with anti dive geometry. Coils springs over telescopic dampers anti roll bar. Rear suspension Independent wishbone with drive shaft as upper link. Longitudinal control arms coil springs over telescopic dampers. Steering Power assisted rack and pinion,Brakes Teves anti lock control. Front 11 2 discs 285mm,Back 11 6 discs 295mm,1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante. Chassis No SCFAA3117VK 201479,BYRON INTERNATIONAL, The Volante soft top version of the DB7 was planned from the beginning and the development of a. dedicated convertible design began once the form of the coupe had been established But the two. cars were treated as separate entities with no thought of compromise. We actually clay modelled the raised roof recalled Ian Callum in a recent interview and I worked. closely with the trimmers at Aston Martin to learn the constraints coming from the hood material. and the folding mechanism and to ensure that the hood had the correct form The skills of the. trimmers ensured that the silhouette of the raised roof reflects the purity and elegance that. characterised the rest of the car, The end result is that from the edge of the doors forward the Volante is virtually identical to the.
coupe However the rear panels are redesigned to produce a shape with a longer boot lid and. stowage space for the hood though this was not designed to fold out of sight What was out of. sight was the extra stiffening and the strengthening of the screen surround which delivered some. degree of roll over protection, To satisfy US type approval a larger rear bumper was fitted pushing the overall length up by 3. inches The tailored hood was operated by electric controls and the overall weight of the car raised. a total of 150 kilograms So in spite of the otherwise unchanged specification no rear anti roll bar. slower acceleration and lower top speeds resulted, The construction of the DB7 was a departure from established Aston Martin practice Rather than. the traditional hand made aluminium skin attached to a steel platform the new car had a steel semi. monocoque bodyshell with steel panels together with composite bonnet sills and boot lid. The bodies were made in Coventry and then sent to Rolls Royce in Crewe for painting and finally to. the new facility at Bloxham where engines running gear and interior trims were fitted The. installation of a new paint plant at Bloxham in 2000 shortened that production process and put. Aston Martin in closer control, The light alloy twin camshaft supercharged straight six engine had four valves per cylinder while the. Eaton Roots type supercharger ran off a multi grooved flat belt The engine was designed to run. on unleaded petrol and to meet the emission standards anywhere in the world. It developed 335bhp at 5600 rpm and driving through a 5 speed Getrag gearbox gave a top speed of. 157 mph to go with a sub six second zero to sixty miles per hour. The resources that Walter Hayes was able to bring to the development of the DB7 made it probably. the best tested and prepared car ever from Aston Martin Its early announcement and presentation. at Geneva in March 1993 allowed the car to be seen in public during its crucial final development. phase It meant that a total of 30 prototypes were driven in every condition from the heat of. Arizona to the cold of snow driven Scandinavia, When originally shown the car was presented with a Targa top it was more of a removable. sunroof panel with its own carrying case with the main roof structure in place when it was removed. However research of customers opinion showed that good air conditioning was preferred on a. coupe with a genuine soft top requested by the fresh air fanatics. Inevitably it was not long before lure of performance and product development saw the first. departure from the standard production car It was conceived as a plan to develop a single make. racing series and Prodrive the race and rally specialists were asked to develop two prototypes. ASTON MARTIN DB7 VANTAGE,Production dates March 1999 August 2003.
Top Speed 185 mph, Acceleration 0 60 mph 5 2 secs 0 100 mph 11 9 secs. Chassis numbers SCFAB121 XK 300001 304458,Length 184 inches 4666mm. Width 72 inches 1830 mm,Height 48 inches 1238 mm,Ground clearance. Track Front 60 inches 1524 mm,Rear 60 2 inches 1530 mm. Wheelbase 102 inches 2591 mm,Turning circle,Dry weight 3 916 pounds 1 780 Kg.
Engine 6 0 litre V12,Capacity 5935 cc,Cylinder bore 89 mm stroke 79 5 mm. Compression ratio 10 3 1,Power output 420 bhp 6 000 rpm. Fuel Injection Electronic multi point sequential with Visteon EEC V. Transistorised engine management, Chassis All steel semi monocoque with steel panels. Composite bonnet front wings sill and boot lid,Transmission Tremex 6 speed gearbox. 5 speed ZF Automatic option with traction control,Clutch Hydraulically operated twin plate.
Front suspension Independent unequal length wishbones with anti dive geometry. Ball jointed kingpins, Coils springs over telescopic dampers anti roll bar. Rear suspension Independent wishbone with drive shaft as upper link. Longitudinal control arms coil springs over telescopic dampers. Steering Power assisted rack and pinion, Brakes Brembo brake system with Teves anti lock control. Front 14 discs 355mm Ventilated cross drilled steel. Back 11 6 discs 295mm Ventilated,1999 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Automatic. Chassis No SCFAB123XYK 300128,BYRON INTERNATIONAL, Prodrive took two cars and undertook a weight loss exercise all electrical controls for windows. and seats were lost as was the glass in the side windows lightweight aluminium window frames. held acrylic sheets instead Aluminium radiators were introduced while TWR further enhanced the. engine performance by 50 bhp and a new gearbox and clutch were fitted to absorb the power. Unfortunately there was insufficient interest in a one make series and the completed cars found their. way to gentleman racers, Around 1998 there was collaboration with Alfred Dunhill adding luxury Dunhill items and.
accessories to the car and resulted in some 79 cars being marketed Aston Martin Sales in Mayfair. also instigated a special known as the DB7GTS ll with a number of cosmetic feature differences but. ASTON MARTIN DB7 Production dates October 1994 April 1999 Top Speed 157 mph XJ220 factory at Bloxham Aston Martin Oxford Limited a joint venture with Tom Walkinshaw became the home of the new car Tom was also instrumental in the design of the car insofar as a young Scottish designer had left Ford in 1990 and become General Manager and Chief Designer for TWR s design studios

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