The greatest fictional spy, 007 a.k.a James Bond, has his own set of brand preferences when it comes to selecting mission assets. In his list of high-tech essentials, Aston Martin has been his primary choice of a luxury sports car for most of the time. While the spy and his endeavors are completely fictious, the car brand isn’t.
Aston Martin, a privately held automobile company, was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in 1913, more than a hundred years ago. Since then, Aston Martin has been one of the popular names for luxury transport on land. However, the car brand became popular primarily because of the introduction of its DB5 Model in the James Bond film – Goldfinger.
Unlike most other luxury car brands that have been known to manufacture cars other than their usual genre, Aston Martin has never made a car that doesn’t fit both the luxury and sports categories. Such is the perfection in lineage maintained by the company.
Did you know that the founders of Aston Martin left the company within 10 years of its establishment? To your awe, we have shortlisted 10 similarly interesting and unknown facts about the luxury automobile company.
Before Lionel Martin, the co-founder of the company, started making cars himself, he used to participate in mountain rallies organized at Aston Hill. Hence, when he established the automobile company with Robert Bamford, he eventually named the company Aston Martin.
It is true that nothing stays static forever and this rule has been strictly followed by the owners of Aston Martin. As the ownership of company passed from one hand to another, the logo faced modifications, sometimes so heavy that it merely had any resemblance to its predecessor.
Most car logos draw inspiration from something or the other. Aston Martin is no exception. The car logo has been known to based on, okay here’s the revealation, an Egyptian scarab (beetle) with its wings spread on both sides. This is why the logo is often called the “Wings of Aston Martin”.
Since the time of Lionel Martin, the owners of this brand have a pet name for their cars to convey the love they have for their piece of luxury, aristocracy and perfection. Even now, this trend is followed by most owners.
As we have said before, the company had various owners in its lineage of 103 years but one of the most successful era was under the ownership of David Brown who took over the company post-war. He started producing the new models initialized with his name as branding. The cars became a hit and the DB models became a “must-have” of every luxury car lover.
Following the purchase of Aston Martin in 1947, David Brown bought Langonda, an automobile company, and made it Aston’s subsidiary. The company today is known as Aston Martin Lagonda Limited and thus, Lagonda shares a logo similar to the concept of its parent company. While Lagonda was dormant for most of the time from the shedding years of the 20th century to the early years of 21st, it was revived in 2014 followed by releasing the first model under its name, the Lagonda Taraf.
The best thing about being James Bond in reel-life is that not only do you get to ride an Aston Martin during filming but you also get a lifetime premium access to any car of the company in real life. Yes! No matter how much fictious it may sound but Daniel Craig has been presented with a premium access which means that he can take away any Aston Martin model from the company’s showroom or factory, lifelong.
Being great is a phenomenon that cannot be outclassed by others but the entity itself. Aston Martin did a similar job in outclassing its own fame by performing the most number of canon rolls ever made by a car which enlisted it’s name in the Guiness Book of World Records. The Aston Martin DBS made 7 canon rolls in the film.
Imagine why a car priced at a whooping tag of $1.9 million? Well the amount is justified to the man-hours required to produce every One-77. Sources reveal that the production of every One-77 takes about 2700 man-hours. This led the company to produce only 77 units under this model and thus the name.
Although Ford doesn’t primarily own the company like before, it still has some shares in it. This is utilized in producing the engines for the various models. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Vanquish are equipped with the Ford V12 engine.
If you were wondering which might be the Best Aston Martin Models manufactured until now, we have the answer! What car can suit you more than the one that James Bond drove in his movies right? With this idea in mind we decided to bring to you the whole package, not just the Bond car, but all the rest that helped build the Aston Martin brand that we all know and love today. As I keep saying, I know that we can’t satisfy all of you with this list, but we challenge you to make your own list with what you think are the Best Aston Martin Models of all time and leave it in the comment section. So what do you think, are you up to the challenge?
Manufactured by Aston Martin between the years 1977 an 1989, the V8 Vantage was introduced as “Britain’s First Supercar”. And there’s a good reason for that, because the Aston Martin V8 Vantage could reach a top speed of 170 mph (270 km/h), and accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 5.3 seconds. Even though the Vantage was based on the Aston Martin V8 model, a lot of detail changes added up to a unique driving experience. The first series of this model was capable of a power output of 375 hp, and featured specific add-ons, such as a blanked bonnet vent and a separate rear spoiler.
Introduced by Aston Martin at the 2003 Frankfurt Auto Show, the DB9 was the first model built at Aston Martin’s Gaydon facility. Largely made out of aluminium, and using the VH platform for the chassis, the Aston Martin DB9 was designed by Ian Callum and Henrik Fisker. The car was fitted with a 6.0L V12 engine from the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish, and was capable of reaching a top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph), accelerating from 0 to 97 km/h (60 mph) in just4.1 seconds. In a 2007 interview, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez stated that, though Aston Martin was traditionally a maker of more exclusive automobiles, he believed Aston Martin needed to be more visible and build more cars.
Manufactured by Aston Martin, the DBS V12 is a high performance GT sports car version of the DB9 that was built between the years 2007 and 2012. The car was fitted a 5,935 cc 48-valve V12 engine, and a 6-Speed Manual or anoptional 6-Speed Automatic transmission, and was able to reach a top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h). With a total power output of 510 horsepower and 570 N·m of torque, the Aston Martin DBS V12 model could accelerate from 0-62 mph in 4.3 seconds. It even had its film appearances, in 2006 being featured in James Bond film Casino Royale, the first film in which Bond was played by Daniel Craig.Aston Martin DBS V12
Introduced as a grand tourer, the Vanquish model was produced by the British manufacturer from 2001 until 2007. Designed by Ian Callum and Dilip Chhabria, and unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the first generation of the Vanquish model was in fact a V12. The car, as the DBS V12 was also a movie star, but this time in the film Die Another Day, where it was featured as the official James Bond car. Fitted with a V12, 5,935 cc engine, the Aston Martin V12 Vanquish was capable of developing a power output of 450 bhp. This car also appears in the video games Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and James Bond 007: Nightfire, and even got the number three spot on the list of “Best Film Cars Ever”.Aston Martin Vanquish
Available either as a coupé or a convertible, the Aston Martin DB7 was manufactured between the years 1994 and 2004. Designed by the same Ian Callum and Keith Helfet, the DB7 model was positioned as an “entry-level”, and was the highest production Aston Martin vehicle ever, with more than 7,000 built. The DB7 was built on an evolved platform of the Jaguar XJS’s, but suffered a lot of changes. And believe it or not, this model it’s actually built mostly with resources from Jaguar, and the financial support of Ford Motor Company. The Aston Martin DB7 model, was actually the only steel unit construction produced in Bloxham. Because we all know that all the other Aston models use aluminium for the chassis as well as for many major body parts.Aston Martin DB7
The DBS model was introduced back in 2008, and it was manufactured by Aston Martin until 2012. The car was officially unveiled at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and featured a brand new exterior colour, a graphite grey with a blue tint. But the first cars that had the honour to carry the name Aston Martin DBS were actually originally produced from 1967 until 1972. The Aston Martin DBS model was built in Gaydon, Warwickshire, but its engine was brought to life in Germany, at the Aston Martin engine plant in Cologne.Aston Martin DBS
Built from 2005 and still going, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage along with the V12 Vantage model are a series of hand-built sports cars. The V8 Vantage was the leanest and most agile car in Aston Martin’s lineup, and as it was intended, a more focused model to reach out to potential buyers of cars such as the Porsche 911. This model was initially fitted with a 4.3 L quad-cam 32-valve V8 engine which produced 380 hp, but the models produced after 2008 suffered an upgrade to a 4.7 litre 420 hp engine. Aston Martin planned to build up to 3,000 per year, and the V8 Vantage model was retailed for £79,000 ($110,000) in 2006.Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2005)
At its time, the Aston Martin Lagonda was a luxury four-door saloon, and it was manufactured by Aston between the years 1976 and 1990. Designed by William Towns, the Lagonda model was as unconventional a design then as it is now, and it is known to be an extreme interpretation of the classic 1970s “folded paper” style. Throughout the history, the hand-built Lagondas were amongst the most expensive saloons in the world, and the only ones to approach its price tag were the Bentley Mulsanne and Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit or Silver Spur. The Lagonda was the first production car in the world to use a digital instrument panel, and computer management. Even though some may refer to it as the ugliest car made by Aston Martin, this car is a part of their history.Aston Martin Lagonda
Produced by Aston Martin since 2010 until now (still going), the Rapide model is a four-door, high-performance sport saloon car. Even though the production version of the Rapide was shown at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the car was first presented as a concept car at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in 2006. Powered by a 5,935 cc V12 engine, and producing 470 bhp, the Aston Martin Rapide can reach a top speed of 188.5 mph (303 km/h), and accelerate 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.3 seconds. The Rapide model from Aston Martin includes features like a tilt-telescoping steering wheel, bi-xenon headlamps and LED taillamps, and on the interior leather and walnut trim are standard, accompanied by the metallic accents.Aston Martin Rapide
And here we are at the end of our 10 Best Aston Martin Models of All Time list, closing it with an amazing model if you ask me, the Aston Martin DB5. With 1,023 units produced, the Aston Martin DB5 was a spectacular model built between the years 1963 and 1965. The DB series was named honouring the head of Aston Martin from 1947–1972, David Brown, and is of course the most recognised cinematic James Bond car. Powered by a 3,995 cc Inline-6 engine, and producing 282 bhp, the Aston Martin DB5 could reach a top seped of 143 mph (230 km/h), and accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in just 8 seconds.Aston Martin DB5