Since its founding in 1913, Aston Martin has been a premiere automobile manufacturer and remains one of the most important manufacturers of cars. Aston Martin started out producing luxury sports cars and grand tourers and quickly became associated with the iconic James Bond film franchise. Aston Martin is now regarded as a British cultural icon and even has a Royal Warrant to be the purveyor of cars to the Prince of Wales. Aston Martin is traded on the London Stock Exchange and is a global manufacturer. Here are the ten coolest Aston Martin cars of all time, ranked.
10 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
The Aston Martin V8 Vantage first premiered in the late 1970s but was rereleased in 2018 as an improved model. The Vantage is a sports car that seats two and retails for $150,000. The Vantage shares its design and structure with the Aston Martin DB11 but uses infotainment technology and powertrain efficiency from some Mercedes-Benz Models. With a powerful V8 engine, the Vantage can put out 503 hp and can go from 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 3.6 seconds. The V8 Vantage can reach a speed of 195 miles/hour and uses an 8-speed transmission.
9 Aston Martin DBS
The Aston Martin DBS is a grand tourer which has been in production since 2007. Fun fact: The company used the name Aston Martin DBS once before in 1967 for their grand tourer coupe but this modern version of the DBS is based on the DB9 and is considered the flagship of the marque. The DBS was in production until 2012 and was followed by the second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish. The DBS has a V12 engine located in the front of the vehicle and has a rear-wheel-drive powertrain. The engine puts out 510 hp but compromises on miles per gallon.
8 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato is one of the most luxurious vehicles in the world. The Vanquish Zagato symbolizes a collaboration between the famed British automobile manufacturer and the Italian design house Zagato, thus bringing together fine engineering with high-class luxury. The design of the Zagato is elegant and classic but can also be described as timeless. The Vanquish Zagato also runs on a V12 engine that produces 580 bhp and can go from 0-62 in 3.5 seconds. The Vanquish Zagato is an excellent addition to the Zagato line.
7 Aston Martin DB5
Next is a car that takes us back to the 1960s. In 1963, Aston Martin produced the Aston Martin DB5, which soon became known as one of the coolest cars in the world due to its cameo in Goldfinger. The DB5 was designed by famed automobile coachmaker Carrozeria Touring Superleggera and was named DB5 to honor the owner of Aston Martin, David Brown. The DB5 can go from 0-60 in 8 seconds and is powered by an incline 6 engine. The DB5 put out 210 hp.
6 Aston Martin DB6
Another grand tourer on this list is the Aston Martin DB6. The DB5 gained its cool status due to its appearance as one of the James Bond cars but the DB6 gained its fame from its improved specs and aerodynamics over its predecessor. The Aston Martin DB6 was powered by a 4-liter, 6-cylinder engine that produced 282 hp. The DB6 also came with optional power-assist steering and a 19-gallon fuel tank, 16 gallons if the driver opted for air-conditioning. The DB6 was produced in many higher-performance variants and came as a two-seater coupe or four-seater convertible.
5 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato was introduced at the 1960 London Motor Show and is one of the rarest Aston Martins ever produced. The DB4 GT Zagato served as a higher-class variation of the Aston Martin DB4 and was yet another collaboration between the British manufacturer and the Italian showroom. Initially, 25 cars were set to be produced but in the end, only 20 were made. The DB4 GT Zagato was powered by a 6-cylinder engine and had a 4-speed manual transmission. The DB4 GT Zagato was produced as a coupe and was designed by Ercole Spada. Out of the 20 produced, two of them were specifically for racing.
4 Aston Martin Vulcan
The Aston Martin Vulcan is one of the coolest cars to ever be produced and is certainly one of the coolest Aston Martins we have ever seen. The Vulcan is a high-performing sports car which every racer and car fanatic dream of owning and driving. The Vulcan puts out a whopping 1200 hp. It is not road legal and can only be driven on the track. On days when the Vulcan is driven, it does need to get explicit permission from the company to be used. The Vulcan is powered by a naturally-aspirated 7-liter V-12 engine.
3 Aston Martin DB3s
Ranked #3 is the Aston Martin DB3s. The DB3s is a sports racing car which was produced in 1953 following the failed launch of the Aston Martin DB3. The DB3s soon proved itself to be a worthy competitor in the racing arena and sold much better than the original DB3, a model which many consumers were uninterested in. The DB3s has been raced since its launch and had a very successful racing career and boasted impressive sales until the launch of the Aston Martin DBR1. The DBR1 quickly took over the role as Aston Martin’s best racer, and the DB3s was forgotten.
2 Aston Martin DBR-1
The second coolest on this list is the Aston Martin DBR-1. As stated earlier, the DBR-1 took over as Aston Martin's sports racer in 1956, ousting the DB3s. The DBR-1 was intended to race in the World Sportscar Championship and it won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans championship. The DBR-1 is also one of only three cars to win the World SportsCar Championship and the Le Mans in the same year.
1 Aston Martin DP-100
Finally, the coolest car to be produced by the famed British luxury automobile manufacturer is the Aston Martin DP-100. The Aston Martin DP-100 is not a real car, but it was designed by the company and has its own page on the official Aston Martin website. The DP-100 was designed to be added onto the popular racing video game series Gran Turismo 6, and its twin-charged engines can produce up to 800 hp. Apparently, the DP-100 was designed the same way a real car is, and the same tools and processes were used too. Perhaps one day it will make an appearance in the real world. One can only hope!