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Aston Martin DBS
Clive Sutton Market Price from £80,000 (2007 car, 19,000 miles)
What is it?
Aston Martin really exploited the James Bond links with the 2007 DBS. Unveiled at Pebble Beach in America, not only was the logo similar to the James Bond font, it even came in a special colour – dubbed ‘Casino Ice’. Linked, of course, to the Casino Royale flick of the year before. Neat, huh?
It wasn’t an all-new car. Rather, it’s a re-styled version of the DB9 Coupe with the visual tension ramped up, thanks to a muscular bodykit. And it’s spawned imitators – I know of companies who will graft on a bodykit to the DB9 to create a pretty convincing replica.
Those cars aren’t the real McCoy, though. The DBS is: it was the first Aston [...]
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Aston Martin Rapide
Clive Sutton Market Price from £95,000 (2010 car, 6,000 miles)
What is it?
An Aston Martin DB9 with a pair of rear doors and four sumptuous seats. Not content with letting Porsche have the four-door supercar niche all to itself, the Rapide is Aston’s answer. And very beautiful it is too – especially sat alongside the more visually challenging Panamera.
Who buys it?
The Rapide is pitched a few notches higher than the sub-£100,000 Panamera Turbo, at £149,000, which takes it into Bentley Continental Flying Spur territory. It’s a sleek looking car, make no mistake, but it also has a large footprint, at over five metres long and two metres wide. And whilst the rear seats will accommodate adults, the space back there is nothing like as commodious as a Panamera [...]