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1999 ASTON MARTIN DB7 ALFRED DUNHILL COUPE

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This well-presented, low-mileage Aston Martin DB7 is one of a very limited run of Alfred Dunhill special editions built by the storied British marque. Power comes from a supercharged 3.2-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that produces 335bhp, coupled to a four-speed automatic transmission. The odometer shows just 36,300 miles from new.

The Dunhill edition cars were all finished in bespoke silver hue, with the interior finished in charcoal Connolly hide with silver piping. The cabin also featured brushed aluminium inlays, and design cues from Dunhill’s products in the door handles, boot release surround, the instrument gauges and the gear lever.

Although 150 examples of the Dunhill edition were planned, information published by Aston Martin Heritage Trust registrar Tim Cottingham suggests as few as 78 were completed, with only 51 of those being in coupe form. This car wears number 60 of the total production run, and was also specified with the exceptionally rare Aston Martin Works ‘Driving Dynamics’ package, including OZ Racing wheels, upgraded suspension and uprated brakes. An identical car was ordered new by Arsenal legend, Ian Wright, and was thought to be the most expensive DB7 ever specified.

After being registered on 17 April 1999, and passing through the hands of five previous enthusiasts and collectors, this DB7 was with its latest private owner for five years. It is now offered for sale by the trade. The Dunhill cars were initially all to be supplied with a cigar humidor, but this one had the ‘non-smoking’ package that provided a grooming kit instead.

This car’s Alfred Dunhill Platinum Silver Metallic paintwork is reported to be in excellent condition. As the photo gallery shows, it certainly presents very well, and the addition of the bodykit and OZ Racing wheels give it huge presence compared to a standard DB7. The extended bumpers, sills, and the boot lid wing are all in good order, and the alloys are also in superb condition. The grille bears the coveted Aston Martin ‘Works Prepared’ badge.

The seller describes the car’s cabin as excellent, with upholstery that is believed to be entirely original. There is no damage to the leather and only signs of light use commensurate with the low mileage. The trim around the dashboard and door panels also presents well, as does the suede headlining. There are no warning lights on the dashboard, and all of the switchgear works as it should.

This DB7’s most recent service took place in June 2020 at 36,264 miles, carried out by Aston Martin specialist Dorset Sports Cars. This followed services at Nicholas Mee in December 2016, when the car had covered 34,622 miles, and at HWM Aston Martin in January 2019 at 35,680 miles.

The most recent MOT test was on 9 June 2020 at 36,264 miles, which resulted in a clean pass with no advisories. The car is fitted with Bridgestone Potenza tyres, which have around 6mm of tread remaining.

Accompanying this DB7 is a large amount of paperwork, including original handbooks, insurance information and background information on Alfred Dunhill. This includes the original press materials from 1998, in which Aston Martin announced the release of the special editions. A collection of Dunhill bags and binders are included, along with three keys, two of which come with fobs for the remote central locking system.

This Aston Martin DB7 Alfred Dunhill edition is not only a well-presented example of the breed, but also a true collector’s item. The limited-run heritage is reason enough to look at a Dunhill DB7, but the ‘Works Prepared’ additions add rarity, as well as enhanced performance. Given that the car also presents in superb condition, with low mileage and extensive paperwork, it is unquestionably a desirable modern classic that’s equally at home on an exciting road trip, or exhibited to enthusiasts at national or international shows.

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