Historics to sell V8-powered DB7

| 13 Aug 2012

An Aston Martin DB7 fitted with a race-fettled V8 engine will be sold at Historics’ autumn sale on 1 September at Brooklands.

The pretty (pre-spoiler we hasten to add) youngtimer was only officially available in 6-cylinder supercharged or V12 form.

This car, though, was commissioned by a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family and offers a 6350cc AMR1 race-derived engine from a V8 Vantage.

The result is an entry-level Aston that (with 452bhp) should be significantly faster than any off-the-shelf job. Uprated AP brakes, suspension and steering mean it should handle better, too.

Power bulges, side skirts and that spoiler are questionable visual additions.

It should make somewhere in the region of £70-80,000.

Those unconvinced by the Saudi-ordered Aston might prefer the two high-spec VW Beetles that will cross the block at the same sale.

The first is a 1979 limited edition Triple White. Originally ordered in the US, the drop-top has covered only 429 miles and comes complete with factory-fitted air conditioning. Historics expect it to raise £24-27,000.

The second offers a rare addition to the beetle experience – luxury. Known as La Grande Bug, this USA-unique version comes equipped with refinements such as leather grained seating with corduroy inserts, colour co-ordinated carpets, a leather steering wheel, sunroof and a rosewood dash.

Mechanical niceties include rack and pinion steering and electronic fuel injection.

Never registered in the UK, this special edition has spent much of its life covered, in a heated, dehumidified, garage and is also expected to raise £24-27,000.

The sale catalogue can be viewed here.