Aston Martin’s are probably best known as the car of choice for James Bond, but the automobile company has a phenomenal history that stretches far beyond the silver screen. The incredible DB5 that was first driven by James Bond in Goldfinger is not the only iconic car Aston Martin has managed to produce in the 105 yards of their existence.
The company is at a crossroad at the moment with game-changing cars like the first SUV from Aston, the Valkyrie supercar, and the brand-new Vantage on the horizon. However, instead of looking forward, let’s take a step back and revisit the greatest cars ever produced by Aston Martin.
Although this wasn’t the first car produced by Aston Martin, the Ulster did manage to establish the company’s performance reputation. The Ulster was essentially a replica of the race car that went on to win the Ulster Tourist Trophy back in 1934. The four-cylinder, 1.5-litre engine produced 85 horsepower and managed to propel the Ulster to reach a top speed of around 100mph which was quite remarkable for its time.
Apart from being one of the most beautiful cars ever produced by an automobile company, the DBR1 also gave Aston Martin its one and only win in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1959, Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby drove the DBR1 during the famous French race and managed to win the tournament. Despite several attempts, Aston Martin hasn’t won it again since.
James Bond. There’s nothing more to say about this celebrity car. The DB5 will always be linked to 007. When the DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the Goldfinger movie, he transformed the Aston Martin brand into a household name. The car itself was far more evolved than the DB4, but it’s the fame behind the DB5 that makes it one of the most iconic cars from Aston Martin to this day.
Don’t confuse this with the latest model from Aston Martin. The original Vantage V8 was the company’s attempt to produce a supercar from a tired model that was on sale for years. During 1977, the company decided to take the AM V8 and give it a significant boost where it eventually produced 375hp along with a top speed of around 170mph which was quite impressive for its time. The Vantage V8 also made it into a James Bond film, The Living Daylights.
This is undoubtedly the car that saved Aston Martin during the early 90’s. The car featured attractive styling which defined the company for 20 years. It came equipped with a V12 5.9-litre engine that was produced by Ford who owned both Jaguar and Aston at the time.
Aston Martin continued building the DB7 for more than 10 yards before they decided to replace it with the DB9. The DB9 was the car that defined the company during the early 2000’s and featured similar styling as the DB7 but with fewer connections to the Ford brand. The DB9 also created the basis for spinoff cars, such as the Virage and DBS.