When you think British sports cars, there’s a good chance that the first thing you’ll picture is an Aston Martin. Now, part of that may be because it’s James Bond’s car of choice, appearing in many of the British super spy’s most memorable movies. But Aston is more than some pretty star car. For over 100 years, the brand has consistently built some of the finest grand tourers in the world, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change anytime soon.
It wasn’t always this way, because as high-profile as it is, there have been some dangerously lean times for the automaker. After World War II, it was infamously sold via a classified ad in the paper. Then after its high-flying success in endurance racing in the ’50s, and its big break in 1964’s Goldfinger, The company fell on hard times in the 1980s as it struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing industry. Ford ownership in the 1990s brought the brand back to the forefront of the performance car world, a trend that continues to this day. The small company is proudly independent again, though a development deal with Mercedes-AMG means that it doesn’t have to waste precious resources on developing things like infotainment systems and switchgear. Instead, it can focus on important things, like building fast and beautiful cars.
More than any automaker out there — yes, this includes Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche — Aston arguably incorporates historic styling hallmarks into its current cars better than anyone in the world. An Aston owner from the 1950s would likely be able to pick a modern Aston out of a lineup, thanks to its trademark hexagonal grille, fastback profile, and winged hood badge. To see just how it’s evolved over the years, read on to see the 15 fastest Aston Martin cars to ever hit the road.