Dick,The DB9 rear seats are small like the Porsche 911–pretty useless except for smalll kids. Look seriously at the Vantage. The Vantage is “Road-going Art” in it’s timeless design. I have a 2008 Vantage 6-speed Stick. I suppose your Wife may want an automatic, in which case go for a much newer model Vantage as the early automatics suck! (I’m so glad I have a Manual). With that said, I would start my search by visiting Robbie Martin an independent Aston Mechanic in Burlingame—Peninsula European. He’ll steer you in the right direction for your search, maybe knows of local cars for Sale and can do a Pre-purchase inspection for you. Tell him Dick Keenly sent you. Good Hunting.
Not saying they are even close other than somewhat impractical two-seaters. I only really have room in my life for one 2 seater at a time.You really need to spend some time in an Aston. I've driven a few kit "Cobras", as well as the real thing, and there's no comparison. I suggest driving both a DB9 & a V8 Vantage.