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Pick of the Day: 2005 Aston Martin DB9 will scratch that James Bond itch

The gorgeously styled, V12-powered coupe remains an affordable exotic


Let’s start off by saying that if you are a James Bond fan, you should go out and see No Time To Die as soon as you can and before anyone spoils it for you by telling you about it. All I will say is that it delivers.

As you can, I qualify as a pretty serious 007 fan, so I have found myself looking for affordable Aston Martin cars for sale on ClassicCars.com, both in order to make my Pick of the Day and possibly replace the DB7 I stupidly sold a few years back.

James Bond, Pick of the Day: 2005 Aston Martin DB9 will scratch that James Bond itch, ClassicCars.com Journal

While scouring the site and searching through all Aston Martin models, then choosing to view from low to high price and ignoring all the listings that had Contact Seller for the asking price (a poor way to post a car, in my opinion), I was able to find an Aston that qualified.

The Pick of the Day is a 2005 Aston Martin DB9 coupe finished in Titanium Silver over a Caspian Blue leather interior, and which the Costa Mesa, California, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com describes as being an exceptional example that has covered only 40,872 miles from new.

James Bond, Pick of the Day: 2005 Aston Martin DB9 will scratch that James Bond itch, ClassicCars.com Journal

The Aston includes records from recent services performed, an Aston Martin factory battery tender and car cover, and it even still has the often-missing factory-optional Aston Martin umbrella. It includes all its manuals as well, something that seems to go missing more often than not.

Recent services include a new headlight module in August 2021 and a new drive plate installed in February 2021, and the dealer states that it just had a service at the local Aston Martin dealer.


I have talked about the DB9 being undervalued for the past year or so, and it seems that the world has started to pay attention and values have started to rise. This Aston Martin is value priced as it is equipped with an automatic transmission instead of a manual gearbox.

Having driven a number of DB9 cars, both with manual and automatic, I’ve found that the automatic fits this truly exotic GT car perfectly, and you do not feel any lack of power because of the 6.0-liter V12 engine under the hood.

James Bond, Pick of the Day: 2005 Aston Martin DB9 will scratch that James Bond itch, ClassicCars.com Journal

I consider the DB9 to be designer Ian Callum’s Aston Martin masterpiece, with every element coming together perfectly to create a car that is one of the most stunning ever built. These cars seem inexpensive, although they deliver exclusivity at a price that no other exotic car can begin to match.

The Aston Martin DB9 is a breathtakingly beautiful automobile, and this one is available for an asking price of $58,900.

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

James Bond, Pick of the Day: 2005 Aston Martin DB9 will scratch that James Bond itch, ClassicCars.com Journal
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.


    • Gene have you actually driven a DB9 with the automatic? I have and completely disagree based on the experience of driving both the auto equipped car as well as the manual. The car is well suited to the automatic. Sure a 6 speed manual is fun at times in the DB9 but this is a touring car and not a sports car. The V8 and V12 Vantage are best suited to the manual, the DB9 in my opinion is well suited to the automatic.

  1. The majority of use for the regularly driven car is not grand Prix driving especially from traffic lights unless you intend to do a considerable period walking. Our New Zealand police are drawn to follow even when you are cruising. 6 litre’s is plenty to play with auto or manual transmission . I have had the opportunity to own a 7 and also attracted a few expensive speeding tickets by the nature of the beast deciding to sell the car with great reluctance. This is a lovely beast makes me itch all over again Sigh!

  2. Sir- I have never driven any Aston Martin, but from the appearance and mission statement, as Corvettes and Porsche 911s, they demand a manual gearbox.
    All my “dailies” have autos, including my winter built Tahoe.
    All the cars I love and want to drive have manuals.
    Sir- don’t really care about the “character” of a car, and explanations about how great an automatic is… paddle shifted mid engine ‘Vette? No, thanks. Auto AM? Ferraris & Lambos without a stick? No, thanks. And an air-cooled 911 must have a stick, as does anything carrying the Lotus badge. God himself decrees.
    The entire purpose of a manual transmission is to connect the driver with the automobile; would you buy a Miata or any Lotus with an automatic? I wouldn’t have purchased my barn find 40th Anniversary ’04 Holden/Pontiac GTO if it had an auto; it had the no cost option Tremec 6spd crunch box. Sold.
    Yeah, modern computer automatics can often post better lap times and quarter mile/0-60 numbers. I’ve beaten some, lost to some. Comes down to the driver in most cases.
    But given auto whatever v. my GTO, win or lose, I had more fun. And when the mods allow one to walk away from a manual only flat crank GT350R at 130+, then shift into 6th… well.
    That small pause, where you left foot down/move right hand/left foot up right down?
    That’s why I drive.
    And if the computer is doing it, are you REALLY driving?
    No, sir.
    I will probably lose some more, and be considered a Neanderthal, but the interaction I enjoy between myself and my machine is reward enough. And I’ve smoked a few with these paddle shifted abominations, so I still have hope.


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