When looking for a budget exotic car to buy, it’s easy to get carried away by the sharp-edged lines of a Lamborghini or the pedigree of a bona-fide Ferrari badge. Oh, how wrong you’d be. This Aston Martin DBS is the most beautiful and one of the most rare exotics you can buy today, for way less than the price off the poseur-spec BMW M6. Prepare for enlightenment.
This 2009 Aston Martin DBS is my dream car, and that fact shouldn’t matter to you. What should matter, however, is the fact that it’s the last big body Aston Martin ever made with a naturally aspirated six liter V12 under the hood and a six speed manual transmission—no flappy paddle, double clutch, semi-automatic push-button nonsense here. Amateurs need not apply, this is the real deal. The genuine article. The full banana milkshake.
The sound of 510 horsepower that is delivered via a bellow of its quite large hind-pipes is one of the best modern car screams ever heard, and the looks are second to none. Barring some stupid button placement choices, this car is damn near perfect. That’s why this sub $100k price tag is such a big deal—it won’t be here for much longer.
With the buyer’s market skewing toward driver experience over pure speed, cars like this one-in-1,000 example will surely appreciate, even if you drive the lug nuts off of it.
While the more than 30,000 miles on this Aston’s odometer might be a cause for concern for some finicky owners, know that it’s entirely possible to have a stress-free exotic without paying through the nose for repairs. The solution is an Aston Martin factory bumper-t0-bumper warranty.
Apparently, Aston Martin will provide full warranty on their cars, so long as they pass a safety inspection and aren’t more than 10 years old. You can have 12 to 24 months of warranty, for around $4,000 to $7,000 on top of the purchase price of the car. While this amount isn’t insignificant, it’s paid for with the first change of the DBS’ clutch, not to mention any of the other small things that can and will go wrong over the course of the car’s life.
The warranty won’t be available forever, but it will give you a bit of lead time to gather funds for when that warranty does in fact run out. I’d forego any warranty personally, but I understand that having a car to drive is probably important to most people who aren’t me, so as an option, I’d say this would a be a no brainer for most exotic car buyers. If you asked Ferrari for something like this, you’d be lucky if you left the dealership with a light stabbing.
I’d not only buy this car, but I’m actively holding myself back from selling all of my worldly possessions to acquire it. Yes, it’s that good. It’s a car that can potentially be worth that much more without the complexity of an early manumatic transmission, it looks heaps better than anything Aston’s putting out today (yes, even the angly Vanquish), and can be modified slightly to give a better run to anything slightly sporty. It’s an epic GT cruiser, can be had with a warranty, and its five-figure price tag is a deal and a half.
If you aren’t inspired by this automotive masterpiece, then I don’t know if we can ever be friends. Well, you aren’t getting a Christmas card, at least.