5 May 2004

The Aston Martin DB9 is already shaping up to be this year’s hottest supercar, with premiums set to hit as high as £25,000 when the first cars arrive in June. Classified sections are already crammed with carpet-bagging ads with prospective owners asking for offers on ordered Astons way above the £103,000 list price. Cars recently advertised include a UK car up for a whopping £120,000 and even a pair of left-hand-drive cars, one silver, one black, being offered for sale at £109,000 with the promise of early delivery. Supercar trader Tom Hartley is one dealer already experiencing huge demand for the DB7 replacement and predicts that demand will not subside all year. ‘I’ll be paying a premium to anyone with an early delivery car’ he said ‘It’s been a long time since there’s been such excitement about a car, probably since the launch of the Ferrari 360 Modena. And it’s been many more years since an Aston has been in such demand.’

The same classified ads also reveal that the DB9’s arrival could spell bargains for anyone interested in the bigger, but identically-engined, Vanquish (right). Used prices for Aston’s flagship model are now marching ever closer to the magic £100k figure. For now £117,000 should score you a fully loaded 02-plate car with less than 5000 miles.

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