Luxury Cars – Aston Martin DB9 Vs Bentley Continental Supersports
Bidding for both these low-milage for-multi-millionaires-only drop-tops is currently well down into the five figures.
A top-down British grand tourer—for many, life doesn’t get much better than that. Eye-catching design backed up with a potent power plant. This edition of Auction Dilemma highlights two classic examples: a 2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante convertible up for bid at bringatrailer.com and a 2011 Bentley Continental Supersports convertible on auction at Doug DeMuro’s carsandbids.com. These low-mileage, 12-cylinder, rear-wheel-drive machines represent the finest examples of British engineering (OK, the Bentley got a little help from its parent, Volkswagen Group) and eye-watering depreciation.
2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Convertible
It’s easy to imagine this two-owner Aston Martin parked outside a stately country club or posh restaurant, especially in drop-top mode. Despite its 15-year age, this DB9 appears contemporary and in almost-perfect condition, no doubt helped by having only 14,000 miles on the odometer. The Blue Sapphire exterior is complimented nicely by the Artic Blue leather inside (which appears almost black in the photos). Its clean CarFax report reveals a registration history in New York and Florida. The original sticker on this car was $160,000-$180,000
Of course, this Aston Martin is no ordinary DB9, if there is such a thing. The Volante variant gets power from a remarkable V-12 engine originally rated at 450 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque with additional structural support to accommodate the extra horsepower. Driving purists will also appreciate the 6-speed manual that controls the rear-wheel-drive set. A V-12 and a stick? That’s a pretty rare drivetrain combination, unlike the Bentley below that’s “stuck” with an automatic. While the seller says this DB9 has a 2+2 cabin, the +2 is best suited for small dogs and packages.
Among the expected interior amenities is a pop-up navigation screen. The listing reports visible wear on the driver seat outside bolster and on the driver door armrest.
2011 Bentley Continental Supersports Convertible
This Bentley’s original sticker price of almost $300,000 represents a hefty amount of money, in most anyone’s book. But Bentley’s are all about extremes from performance to the interior accommodations. This rear-wheel-drive Continental Supersports is a unique Bentley; only 400 were ever made, and it is the fastest convertible ever built by the brand. Its near-pristine condition and almost 15,000-mile usage make for a potentially fantastic value for someone wanting to take advantage of a more than 75% drop from the original price (based on current bidding). AutoCheck shows this two-owner car is accident-free and has a registration history from Maryland and California. The Silver Tempest paint and Beluga leather cabin go hand-in-hand with the black soft top.
While every 12-cylinder engine is an impressive feat of engineering, the twin-turbo W12 power plant in this Bentley literally blows away the above Aston Martin. Factory rated at 621 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 time for this Bentley is reported to be 3.9 seconds, almost a second faster than the DB9 Volante. Although coming in second while being in an Aston Martin is a fine consolation prize. Unlike the Volante’s manual transmission, the Bentley gets a six-speed automatic. Bentley hasn’t produced a car with a stick since the 1954 R-Type Continental.
Inside, the quilted seating conveys an attention to detail along with yards of leather and carbon fiber. Other inside features include heated and massaging power seats, a Naim sound system, and a navigation system.
The Choice Is Yours For 12 Wonderful Cylinders
This Aston Marin DB9 Volante convertible is a head-turner for both sight and sound. As of this writing, the auction has one day left with a high bid of $44,400. This built-for-a-baller Bentley Continental Supersports convertible has five days remaining in its auction, where the current high bid is $71,000.
Sources: carsandbids.com. bringatrailer.com
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