Certain cars define luxury. The Aston Martin exemplifies it. The car company made its first car in 1914 called the Coal Scuttle and that has taken off an illustrious career filled with iconic cars.
Some cars have been used in popular movies like James Bond. The DB5 was used in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The DBS was used in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The V8 was used in The Living Daylights (1987). The DB5 was used in Goldeneye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). The V12 Vanquish was used in Die Another Day (2002). The DBS V12 was used in Casino Royale (2008). Finally, the DB5 was used in Casino Royale (2006) and Skyfall (2012).
The Aston Martin has defined luxury and has been in the fanciest movies. Here are 10 of the finest cars from the '70s, '80, and '90s.
With a top speed of 185 mph and slated to go from 0-60 mph in under five seconds, the DB7 was the gentleman's race car that served as the equivalent of an entry-level Aston Martin vehicle, at least compared to the brand's other models.
After three years, the company created a convertible version of the car. In 1996, the Volante made its first appearance at a Detroit and Los Angeles motor show. This car marked innovation with the new TWR engine and was just a plain old powerful car. Exemplifying the supreme toughness and power of the Aston Martin.
9 1993 V8 Vantage
This car was first shown at the Birmingham auto show and was the second model to be given the name Vantage. The first Vantage was produced in 1977, with the production line quickly becoming one of Aston Martin's most prestigious. Ford bought into Aston Martin in 1987, granting the latter the backing of a major motor manufacturer.
Now, Aston Martin could build even more powerful cars. The V8 Vantage was similar to the Virage with slight alterations, most notably, the doors and the panels. This car was the beginning of a beautiful partnership between Ford and Aston Martin.
8 V8 Volante
The Volante had a convertible look to it. In the subsequent versions, Aston Martin didn't create many drop-top versions. This version showed enhanced styling and better design development from its peers. This car was the final car before the launch of the DB7 and it introduced the modern era of Aston Martins that we know today.
As they were now backed by Ford, a manufacturer known for making powerful cars, Aston Martin flexed its muscles and created a car stronger than the Vantage. It had a 32-valve 5.3 liter V8.
7 V8 Coupe
This car was first introduced in 1996. The Coupe is one of the most popular and collectible cars in the Aston Martin lineup and concentrated on crafting the perfect look rather than how much power it could produce. Design choices like narrower wheels gave the Coupe a truly stylish appearance.
The transmission was a 4-speed automatic drive with sport and touring mode. This is a person-friendly car when you consider the transmission. Aston Martin usually has powerful cars but the Coupe took a step back and focused on grace and beauty rather than just brute force.
6 DB7 Vantage Volante
First introduced in 1999, the DB7 Vantage Volante had 420 horsepower with a new V12 engine. There was a choice between a six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. This car had a "Touchtronic" feature for people that had more experience with automatic gearboxes.
The DB7 Vantage Volante had improved styling with a bigger grill, new and improved fog lights, and 18 inch Bridgestone tires. This car was going to bring in the new century with style and a stronger engine, a new DB7 worthy of ushering in a new generation.
Aston Martin's classic cars are a beauty in their own right. These cars have that luxurious look that would define the company's brand. The headlights combined with the lighter color in the glass is a car lovers dream. The DBS was first introduced on September 25, 1967, and was initially supposed to replace the DB6; however, instead, the DBS was placed for limited production.
Although this car was supposed to have a brand new V8 engine, Aston Martin instead kept the original six-cylinder 3,995 cc engine. The V8 engine was introduced in later models.
The Lagonda was a very popular albeit polarizing car. From the looks of Aston Martin's car roster, the Lagonda is one of the only production lines to embrace the four-door feature, which is usually reserved for more family-friendly dealers.
Family-friendly in such that they are able to be afforded by the average family. The Lagonda had a bhp of 280 and a top speed of 148 mph. For its time, the Lagonda was a four-door car with a lot of power and speed. In 2015, Aston Martin produced 120 Lagonda Taraf models, each priced at $1 million.
This another '80s car. It was first produced in 1972 and stopped production in 1989. The AMV8 is a mutation of the DBS V8, retaining the fuel injection system while four twin-choke Weber carburetors were also put into the car.
What would appeal to a person to buy this car is the grille and the wood-finished interior. The AMV8 could also go 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, so it was very fast. The wood inside the interior just screams expensive and the wood-grained steering wheel would make any Aston Martin enthusiast go crazy and want to buy this car.
2 V8 Virage
In 1988, Aston Martin produced another drop-top convertible car. The Virage purred like a kitten and was the first completely new model by Aston Martin in 20 years. This car had a brand new V8 engine that was able to produce 330 bhp.
The Virage was a brand new Aston Martin model that was able to flex its muscles on any street. A dream to be able to race, the car was fast and powerful. The Virage was a highly productive vehicle, although the classic model would eventually stop being produced in favor of the Vantage version.
1 Bond's V8 Vantage
A V8 Vantage was featured in the 1987 James Bond movie The Living Daylights. The strong body of the car along with the grill makes it an appealing car and it was no wonder it got to be in a movie as prestigious as James Bond.
This car has a bhp of 380, with a top speed of 170 mph. In the movie, the Vantage is an absolute beast, especially in the chase scenes, although the convertible used was actually a V8 Volante. Along with being bulletproof, the Vantage had lasers that would come out of the tires and missiles that would come out of the front of the car. While these features were not included in the non-cinematic version, the V8 Vantage is still a cool car.