'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 the first model to be built at Aston Martin's new factory at Gaydon, Warwickshire where production continues today. Like its predecessor, the DB9 was styled by Ian Callum, the finishing touches being applied by Henrik Fisker. State-of-the-art manufacturing techniques are employed in making the aluminium/composite body, which is 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 470bhp, 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' semi-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 remains 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 blue/grey metallic with blue leather interior and has the semi-automatic transmission. A superb car, family owned from new and currently displaying a total of only 16,700 miles on the odometer, it comes with full service history from Grange of Exeter Aston Martin and was last serviced at 15,176 miles. Noteworthy features include electric seats, satellite navigation and Bluetooth cell 'phone connectivity. Driving without fault and described as in generally excellent 'as new' condition, this very well maintained car is offered with the aforementioned service history, current MoT and Swansea V5C document.