2006 Aston Martin DB9
Year of manufacture2006
2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible
Registration no. RO06 BOF
Chassis no. SCFAC02A6GB05600
"The Aston Martin DB9 is a thoroughbred sports car with GT levels of comfort and refinement. Combining Aston Martin's unique character with an uncompromising design philosophy, the DB9 was borne out of a synthesis of traditional craftsmanship, high-tech manufacturing, modern components and use of the finest materials." - Aston Martin.
Launched in 2003 as successor to the DB7, the DB9 is historically significant as the first model to be built at Aston Martin's new factory at Gaydon, Warwickshire. Like its predecessor, the DB9 was styled by Ian Callum, with finishing touches applied by Henrik Fisker. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques were employed in making the aluminium/composite body, which was robotically assembled using a combination of self-piercing rivets and adhesive. Although some 25% lighter than that of the DB7, this advanced bodyshell possesses double the structural stiffness.
The DB9 is powered by a development of the 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine found in the DB7 Vantage, which produces 450bhp, an output sufficient to propel the aerodynamic coupé to a top speed of 305km/h (189mph) with 60mph attainable from a standing start in a neck-snapping 4.6 seconds. The aluminium engine is mounted as far back as possible in the chassis while the transmission/final drive is positioned ahead of the rear axle, resulting in 85% of the car's mass being sited between the axles and a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. Transmission options are a six-speed manual or six-speed 'Touchtronic 2' Automatic.
Inside the DB9 one finds the typically elegant, luxurious and supremely comfortable hand crafted interior traditionally associated with Aston Martin, featuring primarily wood and leather trim as well as the latest in modern technology, subtly deployed. Although scheduled for a slightly higher production level than previous Aston Martins, the DB9 remained an exclusive product affordable only by a privileged few. Its price at launch was £111,000, with the Volante convertible some £14,000 more.
This DB9 Volante is finished in Aston Martin Titanium Silver with Phantom Grey leather interior and has the fully automatic transmission. Reflecting careful ownership, it has been serviced at the regulation intervals from delivery up to the present day, there being 14 services recorded, the most recent carried out in March 2020 at 47,508 miles. Described by the vendor as in good working order throughout, this desirable DB9 Volante comes with current MoT, a V5C document, and the aforementioned service records.