1998 Aston Martin DB7

Alfred Dunhill Edition Coupe
Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
Not sold at a high bid of
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Chassis no. SCFAA2120WK101938. Silver over charcoal leather piped in gray. 3.2-liter, 335hp supercharged straight-six, Getrag 5-speed manual, special wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tires, Dunhill Millennium clock, special humidor compartment, tinted glass.

Evaluation: Alfred Dunhill Special Edition, one of 78 built, showing 35,755 believable miles and presented alongside a convertible, automatic-transmission version with 41,000 miles. Tiny chip on the nose and a few more small ones on the hood. Small scratch on the trunk lid. Chip at the back of the driver’s door. The interior matches the mileage. The DB7 isn’t the most desirable Aston and Alfred Dunhill isn’t exactly a household name outside the U.K. (it’s a cigars and luxury goods brand, by the way), but this is a neat, rare car in usable condition.

Bottom Line: DB7s are still more used high-end cars than they are modern collectibles, and decent drivers can still be had for under 30 grand. 5-speed cars command a hefty premium, though, and the Houston bidders were even more generous with their offers thanks to this car’s nifty special features and sharp-looking special wheels. Why the consignor didn’t take the reported high bid is a mystery. It was plenty. The automatic transmission convertible version that crossed the block immediately after also remained unsold at a $32,000 high bid.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
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