- Price – £39,995
- Year – 2003
- Chassis No – SCFAB12323K303822
- Engine No – AM2/03909
- Gearbox – Touchtronic
- Exterior – Canna di Fucile
- Interior – Eclipse
- Steering – RHD
- Mileage – 53,557
- Owners – n/a
2003 Aston Martin DB7 GTA
The Aston Martin DB7 GTA was the top-of-the-line DB7. Only the DB7 GT, which had a slightly more powerful engine and a manual gearbox, eclipsed it. However, the GTA is actually the rarer of the two. Only 112 were made – of which 60 were for the UK market. Only the DB7 Zagato and the DB AR1 are rarer, with 99 cars made for each.
Supplied new by Aston Martin Lagonda itself in February 2003, this RHD GTA comes in Canna di Fucile (a Ferrari ‘gun metal’ colour) and an Eclipse (dark red / purple) and Charcoal leather interior with Black Oak wood trim.
As with all GTAs, this car has the ‘Touchtronic’ semi-automatic gearbox, the modified suspension, larger disc brakes, free-flowing sports exhaust, unique 5-spoke alloy wheels and modified body aerodynamics. The final drive ratio is also upped to produce greater acceleration. Furthermore, it comes with the usual refinements of air conditioning and heated front and rear windscreens in addition to the sculptured seats from the V12 Vanquish. All these changes and more have been brought together to create a much more distinctive car than a standard DB7 Vantage.
This GTA is in very good condition but with some light signs of normal wear and tear expected of a car that’s essentially 20 years old. And at just over 53,500 miles, it’s certainly not a high mileage car by any means and is ready to be enjoyed. The number plate of LA03 GTA comes with the car and is a most fitting addition to this rare Aston Martin.
The DB7 probably saved Aston Martin (again) and is one of the most important cars in the company’s history. The GT and GTA models were the pinnacles of DB7 production. As a result, these cars will most definitely become sought after by collectors when DB7 retail prices start to increase, as they surely will. Make no mistake, the DB7 GTA and GT models are guaranteed future classics.
Over its lifetime, this GTA has been serviced initially by Aston Martin Works, then with main dealers such as Lancaster of Sevenoaks and Stratstone of Derby with more recent works undertaken by renowned specialists McGurk, Pugsley & Lewis and Chicane.
The most recent works by Chicane include a relined headlining panel and an inspection of the differential cradle and subsequent removal of the ‘clonk’ on pick up that can be common with these cars.
This GTA comes with all documents, a full service history booklet, a spare set of keys and an as supplied battery trickle charger.
On the Road
This is not just an improved DB7 Vantage for it is undoubtedly quite a different car due to its many upgrades. Most noticeable is the acceleration and initial take up, both which are superior to the DB7 Vantage. The GTA is a much more accomplished car when it comes to ride and road holding too, feeling more taught and leaving you with a sense of greater control.
For the taller amongst you, the V12 Vanquish seats sit a little lower, thus giving a bit more headroom and, though it’s a personal opinion, the seats are more supportive. The larger brakes are welcome, though they still need a bit of warming up for the best bite.
The differences might be small individually, but they all add up to make a car that is very different from a DB7 Vantage, yet around town or with standard driving, there is equally a lot of similarity. It’s on the open roads that the changes are most noticeable.
This car has a more interesting colour combination than others available and it is important to note that included in the sale price will be a full inspection and service by marque specialist Chicane, as well as a new set of Michelin Potenza Sport tyres. It therefore represents an ideal opportunity to acquire a car that is certain to put a smile on your face as well as being fully road ready. Unlike ‘standard’ DB7s, this is an every day, usable investment.
This DB7 GTA is available for viewing and demonstration in our Hampshire showroom by appointment only. Finally, for peace of mind, we offer this Aston for sale with 12 months MOT and a 12 month warranty. Full details available on request.