Aston Martin DB9s are absolutely gorgeous, plus there’s a great big continent-crushing 5.9-litre V12 engine under that huge bonnet. So the prospect of a cheap used one is rather tempting, especially when considering that the DB9 has just gone out of production, so a good one could make a solid investment car.
Except that there is no such thing as a cheap Aston, just a troublesome one. All the basic rules of buying an expensive, complicated car apply to this 2+2 sports car, in gold-plated spades. In short, it must have a proper history and be clean and tidy with no outstanding issues. Beware ex-hire examples that have been run ragged.
A decent used DB9 has to be the right specification, too. The vast majority of cars are equipped with Touchtronic 2, which is the ZF-sourced six-speed automatic transmission. That is easy to live with, but sort out a simpler, rare six-speed manual for the long term and you have a model that is only going up in value, especially if you can pair that with the ultra-firm Sport Pack.
The Sport Pack was offered as a factory-fitted option from the middle of 2006 and combined revised suspension characteristics with a new alloy wheel design. The springs and front anti-roll bar were modified and the ride height lowered to appeal to the more enthusiastic driver.
From the moment the fixed-head DB9 went on sale in the spring of 2004, customers were able to order what they wanted. Some choices will make an Aston cheaper, but if you are thinking of having a resaleable car in a few years’ time, it needs to be conventional.
So stick to blue/cream, silver/black, black/grey, black/black, green/black colour combinations rather than the powder blues, yellows and reds enjoyed by the blingtastic customers.