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1914 The name 'Aston Martin' is born following successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb
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1915 The very first Aston Martin is built and registered
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1920 Coal Scuttle makes Aston Martin's first track appearance
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1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’, and within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and given the nickname ‘Coal Scuttle’ because of its upswept cowl.

Coal Scuttle

1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’, and within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and given the nickname ‘Coal Scuttle’ because of its upswept cowl.

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The name 'Aston Martin' is born following successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb
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The very first Aston Martin is built and registered
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Coal Scuttle makes Aston Martin's first track appearance
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1921 'A3', the oldest surviving Aston Martin, is one of three cars completed during this time
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1922 Two Aston Martins compete in the French Grand Prix
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1926 Following closure in 1925, the company is rescued in 1926, forming 'Aston Martin Motors Ltd'
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With the Great War halting development, ‘Coal Scuttle’ was the only car in production right up until 1920. Over the next five years however, 60 cars were to be manufactured, with names such as ‘Bunny’, ‘Razor Blade’ and ‘A3’ – the oldest surviving Aston Martin.

Bamford & Martin

With the Great War halting development, ‘Coal Scuttle’ was the only car in production right up until 1920. Over the next five years however, 60 cars were to be manufactured, with names such as ‘Bunny’, ‘Razor Blade’ and ‘A3’ – the oldest surviving Aston Martin.

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'A3', the oldest surviving Aston Martin, is one of three cars completed during this time
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Two Aston Martins compete in the French Grand Prix
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Following closure in 1925, the company is rescued in 1926, forming 'Aston Martin Motors Ltd'
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1927 The 1.5 litre T-type (long chassis) tourer is produced - one of just 15 examples built
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1929 1.5-litre First Series International Aston Martins are exhibited at the 1929 Motor Show
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1931 The International Le Mans team car is introduced
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Financial problems forced closure in 1925, but the business was soon rescued in 1926. Aston Martin was now on sound footing with a competitive range of sports cars, including the 1.5 litre First Series International, and a first appearance at Le Mans providing the perfect advertisement.

SERIES 1

Financial problems forced closure in 1925, but the business was soon rescued in 1926. Aston Martin was now on sound footing with a competitive range of sports cars, including the 1.5 litre First Series International, and a first appearance at Le Mans providing the perfect advertisement.

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The 1.5 litre T-type (long chassis) tourer is produced - one of just 15 examples built
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1.5-litre First Series International Aston Martins are exhibited at the 1929 Motor Show
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The International Le Mans team car is introduced
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1932 Motor Sport tests the very first 'New International', describing it as "a fast touring car with race-bred nicety of control"
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1932 The 'Le Mans' model is released in October hot on the heels of its burgeoning success in the famous race
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1932 Following the purchase of Aston Martin, car-mad Gordon Sutherland is appointed joint managing director with Bert Bertelli
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A virtually all-new design intended “to run economically without sacrificing quality" heralded with the introduction of a 'Le Mans' semi-racer and 'New International' sports tourer.

SERIES 2

A virtually all-new design intended “to run economically without sacrificing quality" heralded with the introduction of a 'Le Mans' semi-racer and 'New International' sports tourer.

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Motor Sport tests the very first 'New International', describing it as "a fast touring car with race-bred nicety of control"
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The 'Le Mans' model is released in October hot on the heels of its burgeoning success in the famous race
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Following the purchase of Aston Martin, car-mad Gordon Sutherland is appointed joint managing director with Bert Bertelli
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1934 Further refinement sees the launch of the Third Series 1.5 litre, known as the 'Mark II'
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1934 Unveiled at the 1934 Olympia Motor Show
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1934 1934 proved to be a banner year for Aston Martin as production held steady, with 104 cars built
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The 1934 Olympia Motor Show saw a further refinement of the 1.5 litre, known as ‘Mark II’. It was a more powerful and robust development of the ‘Le Mans’, and is regarded today as the pinnacle of pre-war Aston Martin development.

SERIES 3

The 1934 Olympia Motor Show saw a further refinement of the 1.5 litre, known as ‘Mark II’. It was a more powerful and robust development of the ‘Le Mans’, and is regarded today as the pinnacle of pre-war Aston Martin development.

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Further refinement sees the launch of the Third Series 1.5 litre, known as the 'Mark II'
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Unveiled at the 1934 Olympia Motor Show
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1934 proved to be a banner year for Aston Martin as production held steady, with 104 cars built
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1934 A new 2-litre engine is created by Aston Martin designer Claude Hill
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1935 A new chassis is designed, aimed at a wider market
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1936 A new 15/98 is built for a growing market that requires space and comfort
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Aston Martin's designer Claude Hill was given the task of creating a new 2-litre engine on a tight budget of just £10,000. Hill's new engine was a skilful 1950cc development of the existing unit that made use of most of the existing patterns and tooling.

2 - LITRE

Aston Martin's designer Claude Hill was given the task of creating a new 2-litre engine on a tight budget of just £10,000. Hill's new engine was a skilful 1950cc development of the existing unit that made use of most of the existing patterns and tooling.

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A new 2-litre engine is created by Aston Martin designer Claude Hill
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A new chassis is designed, aimed at a wider market
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A new 15/98 is built for a growing market that requires space and comfort
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1939 The prototype vision for the Aston Martin 'Atom' is patented
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1940 A fully-functioning concept car is completed - one of the first ever
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1940 A select group of journalists are given the opportunity to test-drive the car
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Aston Martin patented its vision of the future in March 1939. War had broken out when 'Atom' was completed, but privileged journalists were allowed to test drive the car, which was a four-door four-seater, despite limitations on available materials.

Atom

Aston Martin patented its vision of the future in March 1939. War had broken out when 'Atom' was completed, but privileged journalists were allowed to test drive the car, which was a four-door four-seater, despite limitations on available materials.

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The prototype vision for the Aston Martin 'Atom' is patented
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A fully-functioning concept car is completed - one of the first ever
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A select group of journalists are given the opportunity to test-drive the car
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1947 David Brown buys Aston Martin for £20,500
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1948 The Two Litre Sports - retrospectively named 'DB1', is launched at the 1948 Motor Show
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1949 The new model's sporting potential is shown at the first post-war Le Mans 24-Hour race
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The 1948 Motor Show saw the launch of the first car to be produced under the ownership of David Brown – the Two Litre Sports, which used the Atom chassis construction, but has retrospectively become known as ‘DB1’.

DB1

The 1948 Motor Show saw the launch of the first car to be produced under the ownership of David Brown – the Two Litre Sports, which used the Atom chassis construction, but has retrospectively become known as ‘DB1’.

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David Brown buys Aston Martin for £20,500
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The Two Litre Sports - retrospectively named 'DB1', is launched at the 1948 Motor Show
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The new model's sporting potential is shown at the first post-war Le Mans 24-Hour race
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1949 The first three DB2 prototypes race at Le Mans
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1950 Aston Martin's production version of the DB2 is unveiled in April 1950
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1951 The DB2 is one of the few British cars of the time with a top speed in excess of 100 mph
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The design for the production of the DB2 was considerably modified from the initial concept, with greater headroom and a wider body. The car was “intended for export to countries with properly surfaced road systems” with some 70 DB2s eventually sold in America out of a total production run of 401 cars.

DB2

The design for the production of the DB2 was considerably modified from the initial concept, with greater headroom and a wider body. The car was “intended for export to countries with properly surfaced road systems” with some 70 DB2s eventually sold in America out of a total production run of 401 cars.

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The first three DB2 prototypes race at Le Mans
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Aston Martin's production version of the DB2 is unveiled in April 1950
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The DB2 is one of the few British cars of the time with a top speed in excess of 100 mph
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1953 DB2/4 is announced at the 1953 Motor Show
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1953 764 of the Aston Martin DB2/4 are produced
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1963 A drop-head coupe DB2/4 appears in the Alfred Hitchcock film 'The Birds'
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The DB2 was strictly a two-seater with limited luggage space. Aston Martin realised that there would be great demand for a 2+2 version of this car, and so the new DB2/4 was announced at the time of the 1953 Motor Show.

DB2/4

The DB2 was strictly a two-seater with limited luggage space. Aston Martin realised that there would be great demand for a 2+2 version of this car, and so the new DB2/4 was announced at the time of the 1953 Motor Show.

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DB2/4 is announced at the 1953 Motor Show
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764 of the Aston Martin DB2/4 are produced
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A drop-head coupe DB2/4 appears in the Alfred Hitchcock film 'The Birds'
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1955 The Mk II version of the DB2/4 is launched at the 1955 London Motor Show
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1957 The DB Mk III launches simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show and in the USA
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1959 DB Mk III is the first 'James Bond' Aston Martin, appearing in Ian Fleming's 1959 novel 'Goldfinger'
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A new, even more handsome DB Aston Martin launched in 1957 – the DB Mk III. Described as “one of the world’s outstanding sports models” by The Autocar, Mk III incorporated a fundamental redesign of the three-litre engine, making it the last of the DB models to be powered by the twin-cam six-cylinder engine.

DB Mk III

A new, even more handsome DB Aston Martin launched in 1957 – the DB Mk III. Described as “one of the world’s outstanding sports models” by The Autocar, Mk III incorporated a fundamental redesign of the three-litre engine, making it the last of the DB models to be powered by the twin-cam six-cylinder engine.

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The Mk II version of the DB2/4 is launched at the 1955 London Motor Show
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The DB Mk III launches simultaneously at the Geneva Motor Show and in the USA
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DB Mk III is the first 'James Bond' Aston Martin, appearing in Ian Fleming's 1959 novel 'Goldfinger'
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1956 Aston Martin starts work on the DB4 at the same time as the DB Mk III
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1958 The new car is shown at the London Motor Show in 1958
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1961 A DB4 convertible is announced at the 1961 London Motor Show
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The new car is shown at the London Motor show in 1958. The DB4 was the first production car capable of 0-100-0 mph in under 30 seconds claiming to reach the 100 mph mark in 21 seconds. The iconic DB4 heralded a new era for Aston Martin and put the company back in competition with other high performance sports car manufacturers.

DB4

The new car is shown at the London Motor show in 1958. The DB4 was the first production car capable of 0-100-0 mph in under 30 seconds claiming to reach the 100 mph mark in 21 seconds. The iconic DB4 heralded a new era for Aston Martin and put the company back in competition with other high performance sports car manufacturers.

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Aston Martin starts work on the DB4 at the same time as the DB Mk III
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The new car is shown at the London Motor Show in 1958
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A DB4 convertible is announced at the 1961 London Motor Show
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1959 In October 1959, an exciting new development of the DB4 is unveiled - The DB4GT
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1960 In late 1960 the DB4GT Zagato is unveiled at the London Motor Show
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1960 Only 19 examples are produced making DB4GT Zagato one of the rarest Aston Martins
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DB4GT Zagato - an even lighter DB4GT - was unveiled in 1960 with elegant lightweight two-seater bodywork built by Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan. A production run of 25 was planned, but only 19 were made. Modern Zagatos still have the ‘double bubble’ roof, though this is now more a styling signature than an actual aerodynamic necessity.

DB4GT ZAGATO

DB4GT Zagato - an even lighter DB4GT - was unveiled in 1960 with elegant lightweight two-seater bodywork built by Carrozzeria Zagato of Milan. A production run of 25 was planned, but only 19 were made. Modern Zagatos still have the ‘double bubble’ roof, though this is now more a styling signature than an actual aerodynamic necessity.

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In October 1959, an exciting new development of the DB4 is unveiled - The DB4GT
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In late 1960 the DB4GT Zagato is unveiled at the London Motor Show
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Only 19 examples are produced making DB4GT Zagato one of the rarest Aston Martins
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1963 The DB5 is released as a natural progression of the DB4, with engine capacity enlarged to four litres
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1964 The high-performance DB5 Vantage is introduced
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1964 A silverbirch DB5 appears alongside James Bond in ‘Goldfinger’
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Billed as the “most famous car in the world”, James Bond’s gadget laden DB5 in Goldfinger became many a schoolboy’s dream. Widely regarded as the most beautiful Aston Martin produced, the DB5 shares many traits with the DB4. However, DB5’s most substantial change occurred under the bonnet with an increased four-litre engine.

DB5

Billed as the “most famous car in the world”, James Bond’s gadget laden DB5 in Goldfinger became many a schoolboy’s dream. Widely regarded as the most beautiful Aston Martin produced, the DB5 shares many traits with the DB4. However, DB5’s most substantial change occurred under the bonnet with an increased four-litre engine.

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The DB5 is released as a natural progression of the DB4, with engine capacity enlarged to four litres
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The high-performance DB5 Vantage is introduced
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A silverbirch DB5 appears alongside James Bond in ‘Goldfinger’
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1965 The new DB6 is announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965
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1965 The last 37 DB5 chassis’ are used in conjunction with some DB6 design cues to build the desirable Aston Martin ‘Short Chassis Volante’
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1969 A revised Mk II version of the DB6 is launched with subtle flares to the wheel arches and wider tyres
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Clearly evolved from the DB4 and DB5, the most noticeable styling changes on the DB6 were the Kamm tail rear spoiler, which improved high speed stability; the split front and rear bumpers and a higher roof line (136 cm), and a longer wheelbase (258.5 cm) than DB5, giving an overall length of 462cm. Increased space in the rear made the DB6 a more practical family proposition.

DB6

Clearly evolved from the DB4 and DB5, the most noticeable styling changes on the DB6 were the Kamm tail rear spoiler, which improved high speed stability; the split front and rear bumpers and a higher roof line (136 cm), and a longer wheelbase (258.5 cm) than DB5, giving an overall length of 462cm. Increased space in the rear made the DB6 a more practical family proposition.

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The new DB6 is announced at the London Motor Show in October 1965
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The last 37 DB5 chassis’ are used in conjunction with some DB6 design cues to build the desirable Aston Martin ‘Short Chassis Volante’
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A revised Mk II version of the DB6 is launched with subtle flares to the wheel arches and wider tyres
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1966 William Towns is brought in to restyle the new DBS, which is unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25, 1967
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1967 DBS stars in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' with George Lazenby
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1969 The long awaited DBS V8 is announced on September 27 - a four-seat grand touring car, capable of 160 mph
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Based on the rigid steel platform chassis of DB6, the DBS was lower and wider than the car it replaced. However, it was actually shorter, despite a slightly longer wheelbase, due to the use of ‘De Dion’ rear suspension. Styling was by the talented William Towns, whose work influenced Aston Martin for many years.

DBS

Based on the rigid steel platform chassis of DB6, the DBS was lower and wider than the car it replaced. However, it was actually shorter, despite a slightly longer wheelbase, due to the use of ‘De Dion’ rear suspension. Styling was by the talented William Towns, whose work influenced Aston Martin for many years.

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William Towns is brought in to restyle the new DBS, which is unveiled at Blenheim Palace on September 25, 1967
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DBS stars in the James Bond film 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' with George Lazenby
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The long awaited DBS V8 is announced on September 27 - a four-seat grand touring car, capable of 160 mph
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1972 After the sale of Aston Martin to 'Company Developments', work starts on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, hereby renamed ‘AMV8’
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1975 After another change of ownership in 1975, the AMV8 continues unchanged until 1977
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1978 1978 sees another evolutionary landmark with the unveiling of the Oscar India AMV8
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After the sale of Aston Martin in 1972, work started on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, with the adoption of single headlamps and a revised front grille. Known as the AMV8, the car underwent changes in 1973, then after another change of ownership in 1975, continued unchanged until 1977.

AMV8

After the sale of Aston Martin in 1972, work started on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, with the adoption of single headlamps and a revised front grille. Known as the AMV8, the car underwent changes in 1973, then after another change of ownership in 1975, continued unchanged until 1977.

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After the sale of Aston Martin to 'Company Developments', work starts on a comprehensive facelift of the DBSV8, hereby renamed ‘AMV8’
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After another change of ownership in 1975, the AMV8 continues unchanged until 1977
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1978 sees another evolutionary landmark with the unveiling of the Oscar India AMV8
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1978 Regular series production of the Lagonda begins, initially at the rate of about one per week
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1986 Following ten years of the razor sharp Lagonda styling, William Towns returns to restyle his most famous design
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1990 Despite its price tag, the Lagonda remained in production until 1990 when a total of 645 had been built
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October 1976 saw Aston Martin reveal a striking new model, a new four-door Lagonda with innovative digital instrumentation that was a futuristic concept at the time. Lagonda created a wave of publicity for the company and the order book filled rapidly. Series production started in 1978 and continued until 1990.

LAGONDA

October 1976 saw Aston Martin reveal a striking new model, a new four-door Lagonda with innovative digital instrumentation that was a futuristic concept at the time. Lagonda created a wave of publicity for the company and the order book filled rapidly. Series production started in 1978 and continued until 1990.

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Regular series production of the Lagonda begins, initially at the rate of about one per week
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Following ten years of the razor sharp Lagonda styling, William Towns returns to restyle his most famous design
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Despite its price tag, the Lagonda remained in production until 1990 when a total of 645 had been built
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1977 The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is announced on 18th February 1977
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1986 Evolutionary changes take place, including the beautiful Ronal 16" wheel and the 580 X Pack engine
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1987 For the first time in its history, Aston Martin has the resources of a major motor manufacturer at its disposal with Ford having bought into the company in 1987
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The V8 engine proved to be a reliable and robust unit, and it was obvious that there was scope for a significant increase in power. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced in 1977, claiming to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. This was enough to give a top speed of about 170 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds

V8 Vantage

The V8 engine proved to be a reliable and robust unit, and it was obvious that there was scope for a significant increase in power. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage was announced in 1977, claiming to provide an increase in power of 40% and 10% more torque. This was enough to give a top speed of about 170 mph and acceleration from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds

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The Aston Martin V8 Vantage is announced on 18th February 1977
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Evolutionary changes take place, including the beautiful Ronal 16" wheel and the 580 X Pack engine
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For the first time in its history, Aston Martin has the resources of a major motor manufacturer at its disposal with Ford having bought into the company in 1987
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1988 The Aston Martin Virage makes its debut at the Birmingham Motor show in 1988
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1990 The Virage Volante makes its world premiere at the 1990 Birmingham Motor show as a full four-seater to recapture that grand touring spirit
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1992 A 6.3 litre version of the Virage is revealed with improved power, braking and handling
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Praised for its fresh contemporary styling, Virage proved to be quieter and more comfortable than the earlier ‘V8’s, with a new development of the 5.3 litre V8 engine, making it the first truly new Aston Martin in nearly 20 years.

V8 VIRAGE

Praised for its fresh contemporary styling, Virage proved to be quieter and more comfortable than the earlier ‘V8’s, with a new development of the 5.3 litre V8 engine, making it the first truly new Aston Martin in nearly 20 years.

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The Aston Martin Virage makes its debut at the Birmingham Motor show in 1988
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The Virage Volante makes its world premiere at the 1990 Birmingham Motor show as a full four-seater to recapture that grand touring spirit
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A 6.3 litre version of the Virage is revealed with improved power, braking and handling
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1991 Walter Hayes is appointed chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda
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1992 Vantage is launched at the 1992 Birmingham Motor Show
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1999 Aston Martin launches the ultimate Vantage, named the ‘Vantage Le Mans’, in celebration of the company's victory at Le Mans in 1959
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Launched in 1992, with the resources of a major motor manufacturer in Ford at its disposal, this was the second model to be given the name Vantage in its own right. Vantage bore only a passing resemblance to the Virage, with the only shared panels being the door and roof skins.

V8 Vantage

Launched in 1992, with the resources of a major motor manufacturer in Ford at its disposal, this was the second model to be given the name Vantage in its own right. Vantage bore only a passing resemblance to the Virage, with the only shared panels being the door and roof skins.

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Walter Hayes is appointed chairman of Aston Martin Lagonda
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Vantage is launched at the 1992 Birmingham Motor Show
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Aston Martin launches the ultimate Vantage, named the ‘Vantage Le Mans’, in celebration of the company's victory at Le Mans in 1959
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1993 The new DB7 is revealed at the Geneva Motor show
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1994 Production begins at a new factory in Bloxham, near Banbury in Oxfordshire
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1996 The DB7 Volante makes its debut at the Los Angeles and Detroit Motor show
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With Sir David Brown’s blessing to use the magic ‘DB’ initials, Chairman Walter Hayes inspired designer Ian Callum to create a thoroughly modern car that represented what the DB6 would have looked like at the time. DB7 was revealed in 1997 as a more accessible offering to be sold in all markets.

DB7

With Sir David Brown’s blessing to use the magic ‘DB’ initials, Chairman Walter Hayes inspired designer Ian Callum to create a thoroughly modern car that represented what the DB6 would have looked like at the time. DB7 was revealed in 1997 as a more accessible offering to be sold in all markets.

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The new DB7 is revealed at the Geneva Motor show
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Production begins at a new factory in Bloxham, near Banbury in Oxfordshire
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The DB7 Volante makes its debut at the Los Angeles and Detroit Motor show
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1996 V8 Coupe is introduced in 1996 as a development of the original Virage
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1996 Powered by a revised version of the 32-valve 5.3 litre V8, the V8 Coupe is a greatly improved car thanks to investment from Ford Motor Company resources
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1997 True to Aston Martin tradition, a year after the V8 Coupe, the Long Wheelbase Volante is introduced at the London Motor Show, replacing the Virage Volante
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V8 Coupe was a clear styling and design development derived from its predecessor the Virage. Representing one of the final cars before the launch of the DB7, a car that redefined Aston Martin for the modern era, the V8 Coupe remains an enduring member of the Aston Martin heritage line-up.

V8 COUPE

V8 Coupe was a clear styling and design development derived from its predecessor the Virage. Representing one of the final cars before the launch of the DB7, a car that redefined Aston Martin for the modern era, the V8 Coupe remains an enduring member of the Aston Martin heritage line-up.

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V8 Coupe is introduced in 1996 as a development of the original Virage
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Powered by a revised version of the 32-valve 5.3 litre V8, the V8 Coupe is a greatly improved car thanks to investment from Ford Motor Company resources
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True to Aston Martin tradition, a year after the V8 Coupe, the Long Wheelbase Volante is introduced at the London Motor Show, replacing the Virage Volante
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1997 V8 Volante is launched at the London Motor Show in October 1998
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1999 Satellite navigation, still in its infancy, is an optional extra
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1999 A wide variety of further options, including styling and engine enhancements, become available on the ‘Works Prepared’ program
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True to tradition, the Long Wheelbase Volante was introduced a year after the introduction of the Coupe. This elegant convertible benefited from 200mm extra legroom making it a proper 2+2. V8 Volante can be identified by an air vent style indent in front of the rear wheels.

V8 VOLANTE

True to tradition, the Long Wheelbase Volante was introduced a year after the introduction of the Coupe. This elegant convertible benefited from 200mm extra legroom making it a proper 2+2. V8 Volante can be identified by an air vent style indent in front of the rear wheels.

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V8 Volante is launched at the London Motor Show in October 1998
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Satellite navigation, still in its infancy, is an optional extra
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A wide variety of further options, including styling and engine enhancements, become available on the ‘Works Prepared’ program
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1999 A totally revised DB7 Vantage and Vantage Volante make their debuts at the annual Geneva Motor show
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2000 Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez is appointed to lead Aston Martin into the modern era
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2002 A special edition of the DB7 Vantage is produced to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
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Building on the success of the in-line 6 cylinder DB7, the new Vantage models featured an all-new 420bhp, 6.0 litre V12 engine, with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. A ‘Touchtronic’ option quickly became available for customers who preferred automatic gearboxes.

DB7 VANTAGE

Building on the success of the in-line 6 cylinder DB7, the new Vantage models featured an all-new 420bhp, 6.0 litre V12 engine, with a choice of six-speed manual or five-speed automatic gearbox. A ‘Touchtronic’ option quickly became available for customers who preferred automatic gearboxes.

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A totally revised DB7 Vantage and Vantage Volante make their debuts at the annual Geneva Motor show
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Chief Executive Dr. Ulrich Bez is appointed to lead Aston Martin into the modern era
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A special edition of the DB7 Vantage is produced to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
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1999 ‘DB7 Vantage Volante’ makes its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show
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1999 With a speed of 165mph, the V12 Vantage Volante is one of the fastest convertibles on the market
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2000 The innovative ‘Touchtronic’ control becomes an option
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Launched at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show alongside Vantage Coupe, the V12 Volante had slightly softer suspension settings and was speed-limited to 165 mph to avoid sealing and reliability issues with the folding hood. Even so, the Volante was one of the fastest convertibles on the market.

DB7 VANTAGE VOLANTE

Launched at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show alongside Vantage Coupe, the V12 Volante had slightly softer suspension settings and was speed-limited to 165 mph to avoid sealing and reliability issues with the folding hood. Even so, the Volante was one of the fastest convertibles on the market.

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‘DB7 Vantage Volante’ makes its first appearance at the Geneva Motor Show
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With a speed of 165mph, the V12 Vantage Volante is one of the fastest convertibles on the market
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The innovative ‘Touchtronic’ control becomes an option
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2001 The V12 Vanquish enters production, marking a large milestone in the company's engineering
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2002 The V12 Vanquish becomes the latest Aston Martin to be driven by James Bond
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2007 The last 'Vanquish Ultimate' is completed, with unique metallic black paint finish, special trim and fitting, marking the end of Vanquish and over 50 years of production at Newport Pagnell
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V12 Vanquish marked a large step in the company’s engineering featuring a bonded aluminium chassis combined with many pieces of traditional craftsmanship, ushering in a new era for Aston Martin.

V12 VANQUISH

V12 Vanquish marked a large step in the company’s engineering featuring a bonded aluminium chassis combined with many pieces of traditional craftsmanship, ushering in a new era for Aston Martin.

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The V12 Vanquish enters production, marking a large milestone in the company's engineering
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The V12 Vanquish becomes the latest Aston Martin to be driven by James Bond
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The last 'Vanquish Ultimate' is completed, with unique metallic black paint finish, special trim and fitting, marking the end of Vanquish and over 50 years of production at Newport Pagnell
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2001 In 2001 while attending Pebble Beach Concours, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez and Dr. Andrea Zagato agree on a third generation of Aston Martin Zagato
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2002 All 99 cars are spoken for, prior to the July press launch, with more than 100 people on the waiting list
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2002 The project is announced at the Geneva Motor Show
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The special DB7 Zagato (and US version DB AR1) rekindled the relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato. Only 99 examples of these exclusive and collectible cars were produced between 2003 and 2004.

DB7 ZAGATO

The special DB7 Zagato (and US version DB AR1) rekindled the relationship between Aston Martin and Zagato. Only 99 examples of these exclusive and collectible cars were produced between 2003 and 2004.

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In 2001 while attending Pebble Beach Concours, Aston Martin CEO Dr. Ulrich Bez and Dr. Andrea Zagato agree on a third generation of Aston Martin Zagato
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All 99 cars are spoken for, prior to the July press launch, with more than 100 people on the waiting list
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The project is announced at the Geneva Motor Show
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2006 The 2006 Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ effectively acts as a launch for DBS, as it makes its first screen appearance
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2007 DBS is unveiled to an appreciative audience at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance
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2009 A limited DBS Carbon Black Edition is introduced
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James Bond’s car of choice in the films ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’, the DBS represented the synthesis between the groundbreaking DB9 and race- bred DBR9. Outstanding power with supreme control: the DBS remains one of the most potent Aston Martins ever made.

DBS COUPE

James Bond’s car of choice in the films ‘Casino Royale’ and ‘Quantum of Solace’, the DBS represented the synthesis between the groundbreaking DB9 and race- bred DBR9. Outstanding power with supreme control: the DBS remains one of the most potent Aston Martins ever made.

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The 2006 Bond film ‘Casino Royale’ effectively acts as a launch for DBS, as it makes its first screen appearance
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DBS is unveiled to an appreciative audience at the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elégance
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A limited DBS Carbon Black Edition is introduced
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2009 The ‘DBS Volante’ is launched at the Geneva Motor Show
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2009 DBS Volante also appears at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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2010 The limited edition ‘DBS UB-2010’ is built to mark the tenth year of Dr. Ulrich Bez’s tenure as Chief Executive
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The sophisticated DBS Volante was unveiled in March 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, offering a true Volante experience: exceptional driving, handling and performance, with breathtaking simplicity and elegance of form.

DBS VOLANTE

The sophisticated DBS Volante was unveiled in March 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, offering a true Volante experience: exceptional driving, handling and performance, with breathtaking simplicity and elegance of form.

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The ‘DBS Volante’ is launched at the Geneva Motor Show
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DBS Volante also appears at the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
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The limited edition ‘DBS UB-2010’ is built to mark the tenth year of Dr. Ulrich Bez’s tenure as Chief Executive
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2008 The world receives a tantalising glimpse of Aston Martin's One-77 hyper-car in maquette form at the 2008 Paris Motor Show
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2009 The One-77 wins the Design Award for Concept Cars at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
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2010 One-77 receives the coveted 'Good Design' award, presented by America's Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
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A deposit of £200,000 was needed to secure the most exclusive Aston Martin of the new era, with production limited to just 77 examples. Fusing advanced technology with stunning design, the 7.3-litre V12 One-77 was revealed as the fastest ever Aston Martin, with a top speed of 220mph.

ONE - 77

A deposit of £200,000 was needed to secure the most exclusive Aston Martin of the new era, with production limited to just 77 examples. Fusing advanced technology with stunning design, the 7.3-litre V12 One-77 was revealed as the fastest ever Aston Martin, with a top speed of 220mph.

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The world receives a tantalising glimpse of Aston Martin's One-77 hyper-car in maquette form at the 2008 Paris Motor Show
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The One-77 wins the Design Award for Concept Cars at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este
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One-77 receives the coveted 'Good Design' award, presented by America's Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design
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2011 In February, with final design signed off, Aston Martin reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato
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2011 The V12 Zagato is launched in May 2011 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy
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2012 Production of the limited V12 Zagato is completed and customer deliveries begin in early 2012
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Conceived by a world-leading design team, hand built by expert craftsmen, this is one of the most exclusive cars ever produced.

V12 ZAGATO

Conceived by a world-leading design team, hand built by expert craftsmen, this is one of the most exclusive cars ever produced.

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In February, with final design signed off, Aston Martin reveals the first images of the new V12 Zagato
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The V12 Zagato is launched in May 2011 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in Italy
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Production of the limited V12 Zagato is completed and customer deliveries begin in early 2012
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