In June 1997 Aston Martin unveiled a unique DB7 derivative that had been produced for Alfred Dunhill, the leading British company specialising in men’s clothing and a range of luxury goods including writing implements, lighters, timepieces and fragrances. The car used design cues from many Alfred Dunhill products for the instruments, the interior appointments, various fittings and the exterior finish; in particular, elements of the ‘Millennium’ range of watches and the ‘AD 2000’ pen collection which were being launched later that year. Its exclusive luxury appointments included a humidor to contain fine cigars; a set of carbon fibre pens; a silver cigar cutter; a cigar lighter and a Dunhill Millennium watch set into the centre console. Special platinum metallic paintwork was chosen for the exterior and also for the wheels, the centres of which were inspired by the design of the Dunhill Millennium watch. The interior was upholstered in a contrasting Charcoal Connolly hide piped in silver grey, the traditional Aston Martin walnut veneers being replaced with brushed aluminium panels.
Although the accompanying press release stated that the Alfred Dunhill DB7 was ‘A unique model and not for sale’, it was announced in December 1997 that production of up to 150 similar examples would begin in 1998, no doubt in response to demands from prospective customers. Two versions were to be offered – ‘smoking’ and ‘non smoking’ – the latter featuring a Dunhill grooming kit instead of the humidor. In the event, only 80-or-so Dunhill cars had been completed – in both coupé and Volante convertible versions – before the DB7 was discontinued.
The wonderful DB7 Dunhill Edition offered here is number 38 and presented in Dunhill Platinum Silver with Charcoal leather interior. With only two previous owners and a recorded mileage of under 26,000, the car is described to be in excellent condition all round by its current vendor. The car benefits from a large history file, service book, current MoT and UK V5C registration. A very collectible example of a model which has been steadily on the rise.