ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE F1 EDITION

The Aston Martin Vantage F1 Edition celebrates the British marque’s return to Formula 1 for the first time in over 60 years. It sits at the top of the Vantage model line and is offered as a coupe and roadster. It is a development of the Vantage as an Official Safety Car of Formula 1, but revised to let it be driven on the road. Aston Martin describes it as the fastest and most focused Vantage ever. Aston Martin’s Chief Executive Officer, Tobias Moers, told his engineers that their task… Read more

ASTON MARTIN ZAGATO

1962 Aston Martin Zagato

The Aston Martin company has had a truly chequered career. Over the years there have been a number of times when it looked certain to be going to the wall but on each occasion it was saved by fortunate circumstances ¬– like a major win of a title or at an important event. In 1960 Aston Martin introduced their DB4GT Zagato, a great performing road-legal semi-competition car but one that proved difficult for the average driver to manage on the road and was outperformed by the Ferrari 250GTO on the… Read more

ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE

1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

Exuding style, the 1977 Aston Martin Vantage was a beautifully finished car. Inside everything smacked of luxury. It was a big car and inside there seemed to be acres of deep, wool pile carpet all leather edged. Although promoted as a sportscar the sumptuous 2+2 leather seats and interior body trim seemed more appropriate in a limousine, as did the burr walnut door cappings and dashboard. Under the bonnet, four cam covers and a large air intake topped an all-alloy 5.4-litre V8 four overhead cam engine capable of developing 280kW… Read more

ASTON MARTIN LE MANS

1932 Aston Martin Le Mans

When Sir Arthur Sutherland took control of Aston Martin in 1932 he introduced a new range of cars using proprietary components. These were built around a new chassis frame, a modified version of the 1.5-litre single overhead camshaft engine used in earlier models and a bought-in Moss transmission. The chassis frame came in different lengths so a choice of wheelbase lengths – 2591 mm or 3048 mm – and a choice of two-seater and four-seater body styles were offered. This engine was extremely efficient for its time developing 62 kW…. Read more

JAMES BOND ASTON MARTIN DB5

The most famous Aston Martin of all time, the DB5 driven by Sean Connery as James Bond, is back. This new DB5 is a close collaboration between Aston Martin and EON Productions, EON is the company that produces the James Bond films. Just 25 Goldfinger DB5 ‘continuation editions’ will be built. These will be based on James Bond’s legendary car from 1964 and built by Aston Martin Works at Newport Pagnell, the original home of the DB5. These days AMW concentrates on restoring old Astons so is the ideal place… Read more

ASTON MARTIN DB4GT

At the end of World War II Aston Martin was taken over by tractor magnate, David Brown. He learned that Lagonda was also having trouble raising sufficient capital to recommence operations after the war so promptly bought them also. With the purchase of Aston Martin he acquired one of their principal assets which was an excellent multi-tube space frame, coil-sprung chassis and a 2.0-litre engine intended for a planned sports car. This new design, now called the DB1 after the new owner, went on sale in 1948. However, few DB1s… Read more

ASTON MARTIN ZAGATO

The Aston Martin company has had a truly chequered career. Over the years there have been a number of times when it looked certain to be going to the wall but on each occasion it was saved by fortunate circumstances ¬– like a major win of a title or at an important event. In 1960 Aston Martin introduced their DB4GT Zagato, a great performing road-legal semi-competition car but one that proved difficult for the average driver to manage on the road and was outperformed by the Ferrari 250GTO on the… Read more

ASTON MARTIN DBS V8

Aston Martin DBS V8

The DBS Aston Martin coupe was introduced in 1969 and continued with the same body styling but with minor restyling and mechanical changes until 1989, when it was replaced by the restyled Virage. William Towns designed the body of this car which was first launched with a six-cylinder engine. As its name implies, the DBS V8, fitted with a 5340 cc four-overhead-camshaft V8 engine, followed. This was the same engine that later powered the Aston Martin Lagonda, a high-tech futuristic design, which was launched in Britain to compete with a… Read more

ASTON MARTIN ULSTER

1934 Aston Martin Ulster

Early Aston Martins varied in detail specification, but one stood far above the rest: the Ulster, named after the venue of Britain’s oldest road race, the Tourist Trophy. Only 21 of these fabulous machines were produced for customers between 1934 and 1935, with a few extras for the works team to race. Aston Martin owed its existence to competition and was started by two former racing cyclists, Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, who appeared independently in car trials and hill climbs racing small Singer sports cars soon after the end… Read more

ASTON MARTIN LE MANS

When Sir Arthur Sutherland took control of Aston Martin in 1932 he introduced a new range of cars using proprietary components. These were built around a new chassis frame, a modified version of the 1.5-litre single overhead camshaft engine used in earlier models and a bought-in Moss transmission. The chassis frame came in different lengths so a choice of wheelbase lengths – 2591 mm or 3048 mm – and a choice of two-seater and four-seater body styles were offered. This engine was extremely efficient for its time developing 62 kW…. Read more