Five awesome Aston Martins

Last updated 07:10 07/04/2013
Aston Martins: One-77, the DBR1, Rapide, DB5 and DB2.
AWESOME ASTONS: From top, the One-77, the DBR1, Rapide, DB5 and DB2.

Aston Martin's first 100 years

A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.
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A newly unveiled plaque marks the original home where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in 1913 by Bamford & Martin Ltd, on January 15, 2013 in Brompton, central London, England.

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It's Aston Martin's 100th Birthday, so here's our five best models from the company's first century.

ONE-77

The mighty One-77 is the ultimate Aston Martin, a $2.3 million hypercar jaw-dropper with a 7.3-litre, 552kW naturally-aspirated engine that will hit 354 kmh and sprint 0-100 in just 3.5 seconds. Only 77 will ever be produced, guaranteeing solid future value.

DBR1

The DBR1 - the first Aston Martin built purely as a racing car - took the company to the World Sportscar championship in 1959, and with Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori at the wheel it also gave the marque its sole Le Mans 24 hour race win the same season.

RAPIDE

Aston-Martin's only four-door is arguably better looking than the coupes on which it based. It's also just as good to drive and while it's not exactly a family car, it can carry four with luggage relatively easily. Prettiest sedan in the world? We think so.

DB5

Thanks to Ian Fleming and James Bond, this is the Aston Martin that strikes the imagination most vividly. It first featured in Goldfinger with Sean Connery, followed by Thunderball and Casino Royale before making a further appearance in the spy's latest offering, Skyfall.

DB2

Aston Martin's gorgeous DB2 convertible was driven by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock's The Birds. Only 102 DB2s were made as rag-tops and few survive. Experts say that a perfectly restored DB2 like Ms Hedren's could command seven figures.

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