You can’t watch a James Bond movie without being mesmerized by the noble sports car that Agent 007 uses to fancy the girls, among other things. That amazing automobile has a name; it’s called an Aston Martin. The first one to catch our eye co-starred in Goldfinger, the 1963 DB5. Then there were cameos in others: Thunderball, Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, Casino Royale and Skyfall. The very first one actually sold for $4.6 milion in October 2010.
The Aston Martin made its debut in the Bond franchise 50 years ago. However, the dashing little Ashton Martin is actually a century old, celebrating it’s centenary this past January 15, 2013.
As part of the celebration, they’ve introduced the 2014 Aston Martin Rapide S which is longer and leaner than its predecessor, has a V-12 engine that goes zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 190 mph. The interior is comprised of deep layers of British of Weir leather, wool, wood and some carbon fiber. Asking price: $199,950.
According to Vanity Fair, “The marque is celebrating its 100th birthday this year with a range of revelrous plans. These include the design of an effervescently pointillist logo, a party and exhibition in London, and the shilling of a limited number (100!) of spectrally opalescent, sterling-silver-trimmed Centenary editions of all of its cars, matching pen and cufflinks included.”
The CC100 Speedster concept car has simple taillights, suicide doors and the interior is made of exposed carbon fiber, which is much lighter and stronger than metal. It’s the equestrian accents – the saddle-like hide bits that cover the center tunnel – that amp you to want to take advantage of the roaring V12 engine.
- DB is short for David Brown, the knight and businessman who acquired the company in 1947.
- Aston Martin is nicknamed the British Ferrari with Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Touring styling the vehicles.
- Queen Elizabeth gave Prince Charles a blue DB6 for his 21st birthday. Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, drove it after their wedding in 2011.