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Autotrader Find: 1-of-100 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1

Although the average asking price on Autotrader for an Aston Martin DB7 is well below $100,000, this particular example is listed for a whopping $279,900. It’s not because this one has a nice color combination, unusually low miles or a famous ownership history — but instead, it’s because this is an ultra-rare Aston Martin DB AR1, one of just 99 sold in the United States.

The DB AR1 wasn’t technically a DB7, but it shared the more common DB7’s platform and powertrain. Instead, the DB AR1 was an ultra-limited model sold only in the United States — hence the name, which stood for “American Roadster 1.” Indeed, just 99 examples were built, and the car was designed by Zagato in collaboration with Henrik Fisker, who also designed the BMW Z8 and, of course, the Fisker Karma.

The DB AR1 was designed specifically for sunny southern U.S. climates, as it was sold without any sort of roof — and it was intended to be a handsome, rare end-of-the-run version of the DB7. The interior in the two cars is largely the same, but the styling and body work is much different. In fact, the DB AR1’s rear fenders seem to suggest what was to come with future Aston Martin design language in vehicles like the Vanquish, which debuted later in 2003.

This particular DB AR1 is offered by McLaren Boston, and it’s traveled just 13,000 miles from new. According to the Carfax report, it spent its entire life in Florida, which makes sense given the lack of a roof. It’s finished in Tungsten Silver with a cream-colored interior, an automatic transmission and the 435-horsepower 6-liter V12 from the DB7 of the era.

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  1. California’s climate makes sense for this car. But Florida? You’d have to be nuts to drive this where the sky will just open up and downpour on you without warning.

  2. Thanks Doug for the article, although I have to say, rare doesn’t always mean valuable. The interior looks outdated and the rear end looks like a late 90s mustang with body mods.

    • I don’t see the resemblance to the Mustang. To me the rear end looks like a modded Cobalt coupe rear end.

  3. I agree with Tatertot; just not that attractive, and add in the no roof design and you have a perfectly stupid automobile.

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