Aston Martin’s Greatest Hits
Arguably the king of the Grand Touring coupe, Aston Martin has a beautiful history of building drop-dead gorgeous coupes with top-notch finishes. For many luxury car buyers this would be enough to seal the deal, however Aston matches form with function, pairing groundbreaking design with impeccable levels of performance honed through over a century of stellar performance on the track. From its early beginnings Aston has been involved in the world of racing, and it’s that pedigree that has led them to perfect the art of the Grand Tourer. That, on top of a long-standing relationship with the equally very-British James Bond franchise, and you’ve got a recipe for decades of jaw-dropping cars. With that in mind, here is a quick hit-list of the most stunning Aston Martins, both past and present.
This sexy lightweight was the first modern coupe produced by the brand after industrialist David Brown revived the brand back in 1947. (Fun fact: The use of DB in Aston model names comes from Mr. Brown’s initials.) Launched as a 1958 model, the DB4 sported a sleek aluminum body by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan and was powered by a 3.7L inline-6 cylinder engine, good for roughly 240 horsepower.
Developed as an evolution of the DB4, the DB5 is the vintage Aston we all know and love that cemented the brand’s relationship with the world of 007. First appearing in Goldfinger in 1964, it’s role in the film brought the brand to an entirely new audience. It has since continued to make appearances in the last two Bond films. Thanks to both this association and its very low production numbers, the DB5 continues to climb in value, often selling for well over $1M.
Considered the first of the modern Aston Martins, the DB7 is one of a handful of designs by legendary automotive designer Ian Callum. Though a small-engined “entry level” 6-cylinder DB7 was a part of the lineup, its high-revving V12 variant remained the car of choice for most buyers. Sadly the DB7 didn’t find a home in 007’s garage, however the fact that it laid the groundwork for the brand’s current design aesthetic makes it a key vehicle in the brand’s history.
Considered by many as one of the most beautiful road-going cars in existence, the DB9 is the core of the brand’s current lineup. The svelte 510 horsepower coupe looks fast, whether it’s on the road or standing still. While the DB9 also never made it into the Bond franchise, its sibling the DBS played a pivotal role in the Quantum of Solace film.
First teased at the Paris Auto Show in 2008, with production coming to fruition in 2012, the $1.7M Canadian One-77 was then the fastest Aston Martin ever built, boasting a top speed of 354 km/h. This beautiful carbon fibre and aluminum creation was limited to only 77 units, and has already been spotted on the secondary market with a sticker price in excess of $2M. Interestingly, the One-77 has a Canadian connection — its carbon fibre chassis was built by Multimatic Inc. in Markham, Ontario.
Taking a complete departure from their existing aesthetic, the new Aston Martin Vulcan almost takes a page from the Tron handbook with its futuristic design. Powered by an 800 horsepower V-12 and built primarily of carbon fibre, this monstrous racing machine has already been seen in the flesh shredding tires at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Big question is when will we see one land in Canada.