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Original Aston Martin DB7 V12 prototype up for sale

AOL Cars UK logo AOL Cars UK 18/08/2017 Jack Healy

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A rare prototype of the Aston Martin DB7 V12 Vantage is on sale for £295,000.

The Vantage was built to be more powerful version of the DB7, which was originally released in 1993, and came with a 480bhp, 6.4-litre, Tom Walkinshaw Racing-built V12 engine.

Having only covered 8,000 miles, this prototype was built in 1996 and appeared on Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson. It remains in excellent condition, having only had two previous owners.

After having influenced the design of the original DB7, the V12 Vantage was drawn up by TWR Design's chief designer Ian Callum, who has since gone on to become Jaguar's head of design.

Following thorough testing, the DB7 Vantage came to the market in 1999 and spelled the end of the original straight-six DB7, which went out of production soon after the Vantage V12 went on sale. It was built at the Bloxham plant, Oxfordshire, where the Jaguar XJ220 supercar was built.

A six-speed manual gearbox is paired with the V12 engine, and the underpinnings of the V12 Vantage include a limited slip differential, revised dampers and roll bars, racing brakes and an anti-lock braking system.

Fitted with grey leather upholstery, tortoiseshell inlays and a leather steering wheel, the prototype does come with some comfort features.

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