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Lon Simmons' Aston Martin DB7 Up for Grabs

By Elizabeth Puckett Jan 15, 2019
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By Elizabeth Puckett Jan 15, 2019
Previously owned by the legendary sporting celebrity and avid car collector, this low mileage DB7 presents unbelievable value on the collector car market

This Aston Martin has a special history behind it. As a vehicle once reportedly owned by Hall of Fame broadcaster Lon Simmons, cultural aficionados will find all manner of reasons to purchase the British GT car. 

However, valuation remains a further aspect that will appeal to car collectors, perfectly priced for someone looking to own a sleek luxury grand tourer. As such, it’s not likely to last on the market for very long.

Undoubtably, the 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante left the showroom floor with lashings of appeal as a driver’s car, with plenty of luxury to boot. Yet, the most interesting thing about this particular example is who took it home when it was brand new. Lon Simmons apparently purchased this car in the summer of 2003, when it became apart of his car collection.

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While the well-known American football and baseball sportscaster was beloved by many throughout his career, his passion for cars was a little known side note about Simmons. The Southern Californian was an avid gear head, so much so that he had a full-time staff of six people who were all dedicated to maintaining his huge museum collection of cars - this DB7 included.

The level of care by a professional staff is seen in this Ballantyne Blue convertible with Ivory interior featuring Fern Green piping. It’s a well-optioned example, including the upgraded stereo system and rare Aston-Martin GT wheels, to name a few extras.

At its core, the DB7 was built with a highly capable and powerful 6.0-liter V12 engine that pumps out 420 bhp and 400 lb/ft of torque, mated to a five-speed ZF automatic transmission.

If all this isn’t enough to inspire an offer on this car, another interesting note about it is that in the late part of 2017, the DB7 gained the attention of Hagerty when they addressed some notable things about the valuation of these cars.

The biggest takeaway is that the value of these particular Astons have bottomed out, and are slowly moving upwards, with prices still low enough so current buyers can acquire one without paying a premium.

So, if the powerful engine, add-ons, and celebrity-tied history aren’t appealing enough, this could possibly be a hot collector car with the potential to emerge in the market over the next few years.


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