In reality, I am no James May, or Hammond and don’t claim to be! But here is my view on this car and a few more throughout this blog.
Currently, The Car In Japan Guy has not had much time is the 2007 Aston Martin DB9 Volante but its been enough time to have a decent experience for now.
The car in japan guy loves the aston martin db9 but he has some niggles.
Some years back The Car In Japan Guy lost his license for speeding and subsequently received a massive fine, loss of license and a 2 year suspended jail sentence for being busted by a speed camera at 182 Klm on the expressway near Haneda Airport. I had just come back from driving on the Autobahns in Germany 48 hours prior and forgot where I was.
Admittedly whilst in Germany, I was in control of an overly powerful VW Golf Diesel that maxed out at 160Klm per hour. When caught speeding here in Japan I was in a 2003 Mercedes Benz C55 AMG and no speed limit in the car. What a mistake that day was!
Anyway, let us get on about the DB9. As you now know the car was not driven at any great speed except to stay within the governing speeds of the Japanese highway.
First glance the DB9 has some lovely lines and looks so long which it technically is. The front of the car when sitting as the driver sort of disappears from view as it slopes down over the big 5.9-liter V12 engine. The rear end with its modern taillights that would still look good on a 2018 model DB11 also looks great.
Those big gull doors take a little effort to open but little to close. the engine barks into life with the push of a button and the gearbox and engine are good mates shackled together.
What we have as far as collateral damage from 13 years of driving are some scratches on the front alloys and some stone chips on the front. The Conolly leather on the driver’s seat is wearing a little as it should and the glove box actuator is broken. That’s it.
The paint on the car is crisp and shines up so well after a little wash. Sadly the bespoke craftmanship is beginning to show ist age with some leather shrinking in the cabin in a couple of places and screws loose in the oddest of places. I am sure that Mick Flemming must have had a few pints at lunch when this car went through quality control.
This car has 48,000 Klm on its moderately well-traveled chassis and costs a mere 3.4 million JPY from the auction. The car at this age and price is a bargain for the discerning buyer. Completely recommended.
The Car In Japan Guy
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