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