Top five coolest Aston Martin cars
Total and Aston Martin recently celebrated extending their partnership, both on the track and the road. Total is a development partner of the Aston Martin Racing FIA WEC team, and TOTAL QUARTZ is used as first-fill engine oil on the current Aston Martin DB11 and Vantage. In light of the news, we thought it would be an opportune moment to look back through the British sports car manufacturer’s storied history – spanning over 100 years – and pick the five cars we think are the coolest.
This is not a definitive list, so please let us know which you think are the best Aston Martin models by posting on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your favourites.
Aston Martin DB3S, 1953-1958
Harking back to 1953, the DB3S was a race-car roadster that tasted victory in British and internal motorsport events in the 1950s. Only 31 examples were ever produced, featuring a body designed with aerodynamic performance in mind – forward thinking for the era.
Under the long and low bonnet is a straight-six engine that produces 224 bhp. Hardly earth-shattering figures by today's standards, but the stunning looks remain timeless. In 2013, a DB3S CN.1 won the prestigious Gran Turismo Trophy at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Aston Martin DB5, 1963-1965
For many, the DB5 is the definitive Aston Martin. One of the most iconic cars of all time, thanks to the timeless design and an association with James Bond. Originally appearing in the 1964 film Goldfinger, the car has gone to on to be used in six further 007 movies.
Famous for gadgets such as rotating number plates and an ejector seat, the road-going version ditched such frivolities. It did, however, retain the sonorous straight-six engine and oodles of panache. In 2018, Aston Martin revealed that it would be building 25 new, period-accurate DB5s, complete with Bond-themed gadgets. A bargain at only £2.75 million each...
Aston Martin Vantage, 1993-2000
Perhaps not the prettiest Aston Martin – although beauty is in the eye of the beholder – the 1990s Vantage was a unique prospect. The large luxury cruiser was a four-seater coupe with lashings of wood and leather on the inside and modern aluminium body panels on the out.
In many ways marking the end of an era for the British company, the Vantage was the last handmade Aston Martin and was born before the company was purchased by Ford. It featured a 5.3 litre V8 with not one, but two superchargers producing upwards of 600 bhp, which meant at one point it was the most powerful car on sale in the world. It also weighed over two tons.
Aston Martin Racing Vantage WEC, 2018
Okay, we admit it, we are a little biased. Total is a development partner of the Aston Martin Racing team currently competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). But, alongside the rather fetching Total logos adorning the livery, there’s something about the vibrant shade of green, the bulging arches and not-so-subtle haunches that really engage.
Taking a road-going Vantage and turning it up to 11, this race car has an aggressive stance. It’s almost as if the Vantage was born to go racing; the giant air intakes at the front and even bigger wing at the back creating a resolved aesthetic. Recently winning the 6 Hours of Shanghai race also proves its capability.
Aston Martin Valkyrie, 2019/2020
It may not be available yet, but in terms of coolest Aston Martins, the Valkyrie has to be up there. The brainchild of F1 engineering genius Adrian Newey, this new hypercar will take the brand to a whole new level. 1130 bhp, 10,500 rpm and all sold-out at £3 million. The aim is for ‘1:1’, which means one horsepower per kilogram, an outstanding target. If that isn’t serious enough, there will be a track-only AMR Pro version in 2020: proof that the brand is going from strength to strength.
Total and Aston Martin work closely, with TOTAL QUARTZ being the OE first-fill engine oil of choice for new DB11 and Vantage models. The knowledge gained from such a high-performance partnership is filtered down across our entire TOTAL QUARTZ range, available to the aftermarket today. Contact our team to find out more and purchase for your garage, workshop or fleet business today.