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British exotic Aston Martin DB9


About a month ago, I wrote a story on the stability of classic Aston Martin values in the classic car marketplace. The classic DB4, DB5 and V8 from Newport Pagnell seem to defy the market and continued to soar in value during the past decade.

So I started to wonder if there were any good buys left in the modern Aston market, aside from the DB7.

What I found surprised me. One of my very favorite modern-car designs, the Aston Martin DB9, has seemingly depreciated to the point that these amazing cars in coupe form are now routinely available for as little $40,000 and a convertible can be had for even less.

Aston Martin
The DB9 is powered by a 5.9-liter V12

The best used examples cost between $45,000 and 50,000, and while that might seem pricey, keep in mind that the DB9 when new had a base price in excess of $160,000. Looks like a bit of a bargain now, doesn’t it?

What do you get for your money? Well, one of the most beautiful GT cars ever built, a quintessential British GT coupe, with an interior to rival any others in its class, containing acres of wood, leather and aluminum

And with performance to match, provided by a 5.9-liter V12 engine coupled with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Think along the lines of 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, 0-100 in 10.4 seconds and a top speed in excess of 180 mph.

Aston Martin
The stylish coupe epitomizes luxury and class

The Pick of the Day is one of these amazing cars, a 2005 Aston Martin DB9 that has only covered 27,000 miles since new, according to the Sarasota, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com. It is a well-cared-for example, the seller adds, finished in dark green with a tan leather interior.

The DB9 is thought of as a reliable supercar that costs considerably less to own and maintain than its Italian competitors. For me, the Aston is more stylish, a thinking man’s alternative to a Ferrari 550 Maranello or even a 599.

Owning an Aston Martin also puts you into more-rarified air than does Ferrari ownership. British royalty and famous British movie spies have all owned and driven these magnificent cars.

Aston Martin
The gorgeous interior is trimmed with leather and wood

The asking price of this DB9 coupe is $47,500, and I honestly cannot see these cars getting much cheaper than this, making this a good time to add one of these elegant cars to your garage.

Your neighbors will think you spent the $160k, but you will know you spent less than they did on their new Lexuses.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


  1. Shouldn’t that be "Lexae", Lexus’, or something like that? Lexuses sounds like a six-year old’s nonsense rhyme word. They make a decent car, but certainly not in any way comparable to the DB9… less’n o’ course y’all scored an LFA!


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