Aston Martin Vanquish – 2001

Aston Martin Vanquish - 2001

The Vanquish was the grandest of grand tourers when it went on sale, after first appearing as the Project Vantage GT concept car at the North American International Auto Show in 1998. This super-refined machine designed by Ian Callum sat proudly at the top of the Aston Martin totem pole from 2001 and remained there … [Read more…]

Aston Martin DBS V12 – 2008


Following the demise of the Vanquish S, Aston Martin’s new leader of the pack was the DBS V12. Proudly reviving the iconic DBS designation of earlier years, this superb machine made a show-stopping inaugural appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance in 2007. The DBS V12 prototype was certainly an eye-catcher, shaped by the aerodynamic … [Read more…]

Aston Martin DB7 – 1994


The words ‘entry level’ and ‘Aston Martin’ don’t seem instantly compatible, but all things are relative. Following Ford’s takeover, the DB7 represented the company’s first real effort to produce a model that would confer Aston Martin status on a wider buying public. This ambitious policy was a success, with around 7,000 DB7s sold over the … [Read more…]

Aston Martin V8 Zagato – 1986


The lightning of inspiration can indeed strike twice. Twenty years after collaborating on one of motoring history’s most desirable cars, the DB4 GT Zagato, Aston Martin and Zagato hatched a new plot to raise the bar on their competitors’ supercars. The new car would obviously be about stunning looks and rarity — but in fact … [Read more…]

Aston Martin Vantage V8 – 1977


It was quite a responsibility to be named as ‘Britain’s First Supercar’, but the 1977 Vantage V8 was up for it with the ability to beat a Ferrari Daytona to 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standing start and stratospheric top speed. Aston Martin had used the Vantage name before, usually to indicate a high-performance … [Read more…]

Aston Martin Virage – 1988


The Virage of 1988 was Aston Martin’s first new production car for eighteen years, and it still used the trusty V8 engine that had powered so many of its extended family. As a new flagship, it was fresh, modern, and understated; clearly a heavyweight supercar but, in contrast with a succession of increasingly flamboyant competitors … [Read more…]

Aston Martin DB5 – 1963

Aston Martin DB5 - 1963

Possibly the most successful ever example of car product placement, the DB5 achieved film star status in its own right in the hands of Sean Connery as James Bond’s over-the-top set of wheels in the film Goldfinger.

Aston Martin DBR1 – 1956

Aston Martin DBR1 - 1956

Sliding into the car that carries the registration plate XSK 497 is to sit in (and hopefully drive) the most valuable Aston Martin in the world — the DBR1/2, which still participates in classic road races. The ‘R’ stands for Racing, and the DBR wasn’t remotely like the company’s production models, though experience gained in … [Read more…]