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By Duncan Haimerl, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
May 10--It may still be an exclusive owners' club, but everyone in my New England circle knows there is something special about a hand-assembled Aston Martin, even those who have never driven one.
The DB7 Vantage, with a price tag of $145,000-plus, looks as superb inside as it does on the outside, and Aston Martin, thanks to its Ford Motor Co. bankroll, wants to increase production with a new factory to broaden its vehicle ownership.
Many steps beyond Henry Ford's basic black Model T, the DB7 is available in any color you want, although resale value could be …