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Top five Aston Martins of all time

This year marks a very special milestone for Aston Martin, with the iconic manufacturer celebrating a century of production.

The company was founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. In the beginning, the firm would be known as Bamford & Martin LTD, but a series of successful efforts at the Aston Hill climb in Buckinghamshire led to a change in name during 1914.

Since then, the company has become renowned for its taste for luxury and elegance, while delivering top quality performance.

Aston Martin would go from strength to strength, making appearances on the track and on the silver screen as the vehicle of choice of fictional superspy James Bond.

In commemoration of Aston Martin's anniversary year, we will take a look at some of the best models that have been wheeled out of the factory in its 100 years.

1) Aston Martin DB5

Probably the most recognisable Aston Martin ever made, the DB-5 is the brand's luxury grand tourer that made its way into the hearts of millions of motorists following appearances in Goldfinger.

Its most recent cameo in Skyfall was a welcome return for the original DB5 and made more than a few people feel a little nostalgic.

Although the production model was not equipped with an ejector seat, it did include reclining seats, wood pile carpets and electric windows.
Its iconic status in pop-culture is the reason why it sits ahead of the second model in this whistle stop tour of Aston Martin's vehicle history.

2) Aston Martin One-77

This ultra-refined, technologically advanced, stunningly constructed Aston set a new benchmark for supercars to live up to.

Featuring an enhanced version of the V12 engine under the bonnet, the 7.3-litre, 750 bhp-producing model is able to achieve a top-speed of 220 mph, smashing the 62mph mark in just 3.5 seconds.

A mere 77 of these models have ever been produced and you'll have to part with upwards of £1 million if you want to get your hands on one.

3) Aston Martin DBR1

One of the manufacturers most impressive racing models, the DBR1 memorably took victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans event.

For its time, it embodied the cutting edge of sports vehicle design. The event-winning green beast was recently valued at $32 million (£20 million) proving how important it is in the history of the brand.

4) Aston Martin DB9

First unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2003, the car takes the chassis from a DBS and the engine from a V12 Vanquish, to deliver a car capable of 183 mph and 0-60mph in just over four seconds.

The sleek, stylish model exudes class both inside and out, and would be a welcome addition to any gentleman's garage.

5) Aston Martin V12 Zagato

This particular model was designed to celebrate Aston Martin's 50-year partnership between them and Italian design company Zagato.

It features a bold front grille, exquisitely detailed with 'Zs' cascading all the way down, while hand beaten panels help to create what the manufacturer describes as a "double bubble" shaping in the roof.

Possibly the most aggressive of any of the vehicles on this list, but it still manages to provide the kind of elegance that is so familiar with Aston Martin.


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