Aston Martin DB9
Aston Martin’s DB9 relaunched the brand back into the mainstream, taking over from the older DB7. It was a resounding success; the car’s engine, construction and general driving style were leagues ahead of the car it replaced.
It’s an impressively good used buy, too. The market is awash with decent examples, and our budget will net you a decent, well-cared-for model. Plus you can live out your 007 fantasies in an Aston Martin.
Actually, the DB9 was never used by James Bond during its production run, with 007 preferring the higher-spec DBS model in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace. But your friends probably won’t realise that…
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