Five awesome Aston Martins

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.
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.
Aston Martin Mk II cars are produced in their Victoria Road plant in the southwest London suburb of Feltham in 1935. The luxury brand has marking the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea's Henniker Mews - the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on January 15, 1913.
Aston Martin Mk II cars are produced in their Victoria Road plant in the southwest London suburb of Feltham in 1935. The luxury brand has marking the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea's Henniker Mews - the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on January 15, 1913.
The Aston Martin DB Mark III is thought to be the model that started the company's modern era.
The Aston Martin DB Mark III is thought to be the model that started the company's modern era.
A rare Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.
A rare Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato.
Actor Sean Connery poses on an Aston Martin DB5 during the filming of the James Bond caper Goldfinger in 1964. The luxury brand has marked the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea's Henniker Mews - the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on January 15, 1913.
Actor Sean Connery poses on an Aston Martin DB5 during the filming of the James Bond caper Goldfinger in 1964. The luxury brand has marked the official anniversary of its founding 100 years ago with a ceremony in Chelsea's Henniker Mews - the original home of the company that went on to become Aston Martin, founded on January 15, 1913.
Aston Martin body shells wait to go on the assembly line at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
Aston Martin body shells wait to go on the assembly line at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez (left) and chairman David Richards pose for photographs next to a 1921 model A3 Aston Martin and a new Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary edition after unveiling a plaque to mark the original place where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in London January 15, 2013.
Aston Martin chief executive Ulrich Bez (left) and chairman David Richards pose for photographs next to a 1921 model A3 Aston Martin and a new Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary edition after unveiling a plaque to mark the original place where Aston Martin cars were first manufactured in London January 15, 2013.
A technician tests the dash board electronics for an Aston Martin motor car at the company headquarters and production plant on January 10, 2013 in Gaydon, England.
A technician tests the dash board electronics for an Aston Martin motor car at the company headquarters and production plant on January 10, 2013 in Gaydon, England.
Technicians in quality control inspect an Aston Martin motor car at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
Technicians in quality control inspect an Aston Martin motor car at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin Vanquish is inspected by hand inside a light booth by technician Matthew Goss at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin Vanquish is inspected by hand inside a light booth by technician Matthew Goss at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin is displayed outside the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin is displayed outside the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
A technician works on the assembly line building Aston Martin motor cars at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
A technician works on the assembly line building Aston Martin motor cars at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin Vanquish is inspected by hand inside a light booth by technician Matthew Goss at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
An Aston Martin Vanquish is inspected by hand inside a light booth by technician Matthew Goss at the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
A parking sign for Aston Martin motor cars only sits outside the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.
A parking sign for Aston Martin motor cars only sits outside the company headquarters and production plant in Gaydon, England.

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.

AWESOME ASTONS: From top, the One-77, the DBR1, Rapide, DB5 and DB2.
AWESOME ASTONS: From top, the One-77, the DBR1, Rapide, DB5 and DB2.

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