I like to keep an eye on the used exotic car market, just in case something gets cheap enough where it would be cool to own, like my M5. Considering the drastic dip in V8 Vantage prices these last couple of years, I figured other mid-2000s Astons likely also took a hit in value. I was right.
The DB9, Aston's V12-powered flagship GT car, was introduced for the 2005 model year. It underwent a minor facelift in 2008, and a major redesign in 2012 before it went out of production in 2016. Those first-year 2005 cars have dipped in value significantly since the introduction of its replacement, the DB11, and well-specced examples can be had for over $100,000 off MSRP. Now might be the time to buy.
A quick search on cars.com turned up , an '05 with more than 78,000 miles, listed for just $26,900—about the price of a new Subaru WRX. Like all DB9s, it's equipped with a 5.9-liter naturally aspirated V12, which in this car, sends 444 horsepower to the rear wheels via a six-speed paddle-shift transmission. This is by far the cheapest running, driving example I could find online, but it's also the highest-mileage one I've seen.
If you're looking for something with a more reasonable odometer reading, should do the trick. Those chrome wheels might not be for everybody, but that color is absolutely spot-on. This is just one of many sub-$40,000 DB9s .
There are fewer deals to be had on the facelifted DB9—but prices are still reasonable, considering how much newer they are. In addition to the new looks, opting for a 2013 or later car gets you an updated interior and around 60 more horsepower. This 24,000-mile triple-black model .
Finding a deal on a manual DB9 is a lot tougher since so few were produced. Aston Martin discontinued the manual option after the 2012 refresh, so if you want three pedals, you have to buy 2011 or older. The only one for sale on cars.com right now has just 23,000 miles on the clock, .
If you've always dreamed of owning a V12 Aston Martin, this could be the perfect opportunity to pick one up on the cheap. Just remember, the first DB9s are nearly 15 years old at this point, so maintenance won't be a walk in the park. But if you can deal with that, then V12 greatness awaits.