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A Brief History

Over it's near 100 year history, Aston Martin has provided it's numerous owners with fluctuating fortunes (they first went bust way back in 1925) but the appeal of their powerful, hand built sports cars has always ensured that the company survived.

Founded in 1914 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin (the 'Aston' name comes from a hill climb in which they competed) the company had racing aspirations from the off with class successes coming at Le Mans.

The classic road cars really began with the DB1 in 1948, followed in 1951 by the DB2 - the first to wear the 'Vantage' badge, being the most powerful derivative in the range. However, it was the DB5 that gave Aston Martin international fame after it featured in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.

The famous Aston V8 first appeared in the DBS in 1969 and was subsequently fitted into the powerful V8 Vantage, the fastest car of it's day, with a near 20 year production span. The unit also saw life in Aston's first true supercar the 186mph Vantage Zagato of 1986.

In 1987, Aston moved under the wing of new owners Ford. With increased investment, the resulting DB7, Vanquish, DB9 and V8 Vantage proved that Aston could compete on an equal foooting with the other established supercar manufacturers. Indeed, the company's latest Hypercar, the gorgeous 750bhp One77, sold out almost as soon as it was announced.



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DB4GT Zagato

DB5

Vantage V8

Lagonda
 

Bulldog

Vantage Zagato

Virage Vantage

DB7
 

DB7 Vantage

Vanquish

DB7 GT

DB9
 

Vanquish S

V8 Vantage

DBS

V12 Vantage
 

One-77

Rapide

V12 Zagato

Vanquish (Mk II)
 

CC100

V8 Vantage N430

DP-100

Vulcan
 

Vantage GT12

DB10

Vantage GT8

DB11
 

 


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Models 
DB4 GT Zagato (60-62) 
DB5 (63-65) 
Vantage V8 (77-89) 
Lagonda (79-90) 
Vantage Zagato (86-89) 
Virage Vantage (93-00) 
DB7 (94-99) 
DB7 Vantage (99-04) 
Vanquish (01-07) 
DB7 Zagato (03-04) 
DB7 GT (03-04) 
DB9 (04-16) 
Vanquish S (05-07) 
V8 Vantage (05-     ) 
DBS (08-12) 
V12 Vantage (09-     ) 
One-77 (09-12) 
Rapide (10-13) 
V12 Zagato (11-12) 
Vanquish (Mk II) (12-     ) 
V8 Vantage N430 (14-     ) 
Vantage GT12 (15-     ) 
Vantage GT8 (16-     ) 
DB11 (16-     ) 
Concepts 
Bulldog (1980) 
CC100 (2013) 
DP-100 (2014) 
DB10 (2015) 
Track Only 
Vulcan (15-     ) 
Stats 
Largest Engine 
One-77 (7312 cc) 
Most Powerful 
Vulcan (820 bhp) 
Best Power to Weight 
Vulcan (617 bhp/ton) 
Fastest Speed 
One-77 (220 mph) 
Best 0-60mph 
DB11 ( sec) 
Most Expensive 
DB4 GT Zagato (£4000000) 
Cheapest 
Lagonda (£10000) 
Highest Rating 
V8 Vantage N430 (#68 with 78%) 
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Aston Martin enthusiasts site 
Aston Martin Heritage Trust 
 

 




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