Shortly before the ending of DB7 i6 production in May 1999, Stratstone of Mayfair, the London dealer of Aston Martins commissioned a small series of identical DB7s for their customers. But unlike the previous Stratstone commissioned cars, the Mayfair limited edition cars were built entirely on the line by Aston Martin themselves.
In total only 19 examples were built which included 9 coupes and 10 volantes. Some of the limited-edition features included special order Boland Black coach work, light grey interior (not 2 tone, as in the regular DB7 i6), headrests embossed with “Stratstone of Mayfair”, numbered sill plaques, spark silver wheels and carbon fibre interior (first time ever on a DB7).
V851 FLN is number 9 of the coupes. It was registered 5 May 1999. When I purchased it in March 2019 from HMW it had only 3 previous owners.
Remarkably this vehicle was like it has been in a time warp having only covered a genuine 6,500 miles from new. It was almost totally original and as it left the factory. Despite this because of its history of long periods of disuse it was not fully road worthy. I had it recommissioned by HWM (no expense spared), this included many new parts including, air conditioning, battery, suspension, bearings, fluids etc. I am keen to keep it as original as possible and have even sourced the original Alpine cassette player. It still has its leather-bound green handbook and all the tools and attachments in the boot. The car will now be used and despite lockdown I have already covered over 1000 miles. Being new to Aston Martin I was honoured that my car featured in last year’s DB7 celebration and was one of the stage vehicles.