The Aston Martin was a luxury high performance car which was also designed for relatively long distance trips, a car type often referred to as a "grand tourer". The two door DB7 was available in both coupe and convertible body styles, proving a great success by becoming the greatest Aston Martin model in terms of production units.
With over seven thousand DB7s produced over its nine year lifespan from nineteen ninety four to two thousand and three, the highly popular and timeless car design was the work of Ian Callum. Ian Callum is currently the design director at Jaguar. The base of the Aston Martin DB7 is a variation of the base of the Jaguar XJS. A lot of parts and resources were supplied by Jaguar and financed by the Ford Motor Company, which was the parent company of Aston Martin. The initial stages of the car were designed by Helget, destined to become a Jaguar, but Ford decided against this and placed the design o the XJS base. Ian Callum tweaked the design so it resembled that of an Aston Martin.
A higher performance DB7, the V12 Vantage, was introduced in nineteen ninety nine, five years after the initial launch of the first DB7. The six litre V12 was capable of producing four hundred and twenty break horse power, with a maximum speed of over one hundred and eighty miles per hour. The Vantage was available in both six speed manual or five speed automatic transmissions, with the manual capable of higher speeds compared to its automatic counterpart.
The V12 GT was a much more improved Vantage, and was launched in two thousand and two. The automatic V12 was capable of an extra fifteen break horse power than the Vantage, and displayed some notable cosmetic changes.