Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars
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This Aston Martin DB9 is my second new Welly to go with the Porsche 964 Turbo I showed on Tuesday. Just like the 964, this model had been sitting on my want list for a while, but there was a different reason for the delay. Welly makes the Aston in a base “NEX” form as seen here, and also as part of their enhanced detail “FX” line. The FX model was the one I really wanted, but the lack of U.S. distribution meant I would have paid about double the cost of the base model not including international shipping. So I ordered the regular car and just like with the 964, as soon as I did, ebay was flooded with relatively inexpensive FX versions, with the total cost difference working out to be about $25. While I’m content with my 964, there just might be an FX Aston in my future. The differences are slight; I believe it’s basically just a carpeted two-tone interior and some additional painted-on details, but the available white over red color scheme is nearly irresistible to me.

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Illustration for article titled Thursday on the Thames: Welly Aston Martin DB9

Of course an “enhanced detail” version is worthless if the base model is garbage. The Welly is not garbage. Inside and out, the Welly belies it’s $42 price tag. Pretty much every aspect of the model says it should cost about $20 more than it does. The paint is good, the shutlines are good, and the wheel and brake detail is excellent, even if some calipers are crooked. My only real gripe is the offset of the rear wheels, which are too deeply set within the wheelwell. The interior keeps up the standard set by the exterior with a high level of molded and painted detail. It’s nearly equal to that of my AUTOart Aston V8 Vantage, though to be fair, the AUTOart was only a $50-60 model when it came out. Pop the hood and you’ll find an engine that, again, looks like it should be in a more expensive model. If Aston Martins are your thing, I highly recommend this model.

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