This 2005 Aston Martin DB9 is a rare and handsome British supercar, finished in a timeless colour combination and with low mileage. Its 450bhp 5.9-litre V12 engine is driven through the sought-after six-speed manual transmission, which only around 1 in 20 DB9 buyers specified when new. This car has covered just 42,800 miles from new.
While the automatic transmission in the majority of DB9s was manufactured by ZF, the six-speed manual was from Italian firm Graziano, which was also responsible for the three-pedal transmissions in the likes of the Ferrari F430 and Audi R8. These versions of the DB9 are also 50kg lighter than those with the automatic transmission. No more than 900 cars worldwide are understood to have the six-speed manual, with fewer than 350 believed to be in the UK.
An original UK-supplied right-hand drive example, it was ordered new through the Reg Vardy main dealer in Tyne and Wear. Its service history shows that the car has been well cared-for by each of its owners. The vendor acquired the car two years ago, and since then has thoroughly enjoyed the pairing of the V12 engine with the manual transmission, racking up around 1,000 miles behind the wheel.
It is presented in its original Tungsten Silver paintwork, which is in excellent condition. There are a few barely-visible stone chips from road use, but no scratches or other blemishes in the paintwork. All of the exterior trim is in great shape, and the tail lights have been personalised with DBS-style clear lenses.
The door jambs and bonnet and boot shuts are in excellent condition, with no signs of corrosion. All of the body and window seals are also in very good order. The car sits on the original set 19-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, which are in great condition.
In the cabin, the full leather Burgundy upholstery is all-original and in great shape, extending across the dashboard and on the door cards. The seats present very well, with no significant wear or discolouration. The only note from the vendor is that the electric mechanisms for both the passenger seat and the driver’s side door mirror adjustment are currently not functioning. In the middle of the dashboard, the centre console panel is finished in a smart piano black fascia, which is mirrored on the door caps. The steering wheel and gear knob are trimmed in black leather.
All of the carpeting throughout the cabin and the boot is in great shape. The car’s equipment includes dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and satellite navigation – with the screen rising from the dashboard. A Parrot Bluetooth hands-free device has also been professionally installed within the ashtray compartment.
This car boasts a comprehensive service history. Its pre-delivery inspection took place at 51 miles in 2005, and there are then eight stamped services from JCT600 in Leeds from 2006 up until 2014. Its major 10-year service was carried out on schedule at 37,184 miles in 2015. It was last serviced in April 2018 at independent specialist Paul Mackey Engineering at 42,400 miles, and the car has covered just 400 miles since then.
It is covered by an MOT until May 2020, with a minor note about damage to the windscreen that does not affect the driver’s view. At the time of the test the car was wearing slightly wider road wheels, but the original set have now been refitted again. The wheels are shod in a matching set of Bridgestone tyres, in size 235/40 ZR19 at the front and 275/35 ZR19 at the rear, which all have a good level of tread remaining.
The car is accompanied by the original owner’s manual, stamped service booklet, three keys and two fobs. Bidders should note that the personalised plate shown on the car is not included in the sale. It will be switched back to an age-related registration plate in the event of a successful auction.
This Aston Martin DB9 is an elegant supercar presented in a superb colour scheme, and benefits from being equipped with the appealing and exceptionally rare six-speed manual transmission. Its excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition is a testament to the previous owners, and it will undoubtedly be a source of pride and delight for the next owner too, whether they’re behind the wheel or simply admiring it in their garage.
Summary of stamped service history:
29 Jul 2005 – 51 miles (PDI)
16 Jun 2006 – 1,168 miles
17 Jun 2008 – 5,408 miles
3 Jul 2009 – 7,576 miles
8 Jun 2010 – 9,289 miles
8 Jun 2011 – 12,751 miles
30 Aug 2012 – 14,242 miles
13 Jun 2013 – 14,950 miles
9 Jul 2014 – 29,935 miles
28 Jan 2015 – 37,184 miles
29 Nov 2016 – 41,808 miles
11 Apr 2018 – 42,400 miles