If you were to draw up a list of the world’s most famous cars, it would almost certainly feature James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. First introduced in Goldfinger (1964) and later reappearing in other Bond films including GoldenEye (1995), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), the gadget-laden DB5 is synonymous with 007, as well as being the basis for one of the world’s coolest toys in the shape of Corgi’s 1:46-scale replica.
Monterey Car Week is a true pilgrimage for car people, something serious enthusiasts should attend at least once in their lifetime. Whether you want to watch the world’s most significant race cars tear around Laguna Seca Raceway, don your best pastel-colored slacks and hobnob with the rich and famous at the Pebble Beach Concours, or see the best of the worst at the Concours d’Lemons, Monterey has something for every car fan. Continue reading >>>
Let’s start here by saying that controversial doesn’t necessarily mean bad. And so when admiring some of the beauties below we urge you to not spit your tea out in disgust, but instead to admire their makers’ self-belief in bringing such unlikely creations to the market, for better or for worse.
Since the days of early James Bond, British automaker Aston Martin has focused on a lineup of handmade performance luxury sports cars that have been called some of the most beautiful in the world.
The trouble with such a niche is money. Even selling cars that can cost $200,000 or more can create a profit problem when selling in low volume. To address that problem, many of the world’s top-end automakers are producing vehicles that appeal to a larger audience.
It all started when Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV. Now Bentley and Lamborghini are doing the same. For Aston Martin to survive in this new world, it can’t rely on its old strategy and will add seven new models in the next few years, including a luxury sedan and crossover SUV.
For those who believe that’s good news, it gets even better: the United States is a prime market for Aston’s expansion.
We all want more. Whatever it is, we’re never content with what we have. We need more money, a bigger home, more ice cream and a better car.
This is as true for corporations as it is for individuals.
The guy with a BMW eventually grows tired of his ol’ Beemer and wants a Rolls-Royce. The Porsche driver might tire of his sports car and want to upgrade to a Lamborghini. It’s the nature of humans to strive for the next attainable goal.
Since humans own corporations, they too never stop making purchases to expand.
If someone were to ask me what my favorite car is, I’d say, without hesitation, the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante. This, in fact, happened last night as I sat on the couch with my girlfriend, a fellow car geek.
I showed her a picture of the Infiniti Essence concept, which I happen to think is one of the sexiest concepts to ever hit the circuit, and her response was one of complete non-interest. I asked what she thought of it, and she said, “Well, I’m sure you like it. It’s your kind of car.”
“My kind of car? What do you mean?”
“You know… not a car a real man would drive. That car is for sissies.”
This is the time of year we start thinking about the upcoming holiday season, even though nobody really wants to yet. Step foot into any Costco in the land, and you’re welcomed with Christmas trees, holiday lights and animated Santas.
Being early October, you’ll also hear murmurs of, “Christmas stuff already? It’s so sad this is such a commercial holiday now.”
Yes, from one perspective it is unfortunate that this has become the season of excess and commercialism. This should be a time to show appreciation for the ones who love us unconditionally and give thanks for the plenty we have.
Then again, if that’s all we had this time of year, we wouldn’t have the 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante.
In a Neiman Marcus catalog.
Some rumors are so extraordinary, you’d swear they have to be made up.
The Nissan Juke-R began that way, at least in my mind. Why would a supercar engine and drivetrain get stuffed into a mediocre mini crossover? It didn’t make sense or even seem possible. And yet, it happened. In spectacular fashion.
This next rumor wades even deeper into the crazy. It involves a car that shouldn’t even exist and an engine that will never fit inside.
Aston Martin vehicles have become synonymous with James Bond. The films are as much about the cars as they are about the girls, the chase scenes and the action sequences.
In fact, the cars have played a part in nearly every major scene of every Bond film ever made. Even the original novels featured classic Bentley cars. On the big screen, Aston has played a huge part, as well as guest-starring roles by BMW, Lotus and Toyota.
What are the coolest cars to be seen in Bond films?
Well, I vote for any of the modern Aston Martins, but keep reading for some other choices.
While I can appreciate the classic cars shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it’s the new and concept vehicles that really get me going. (Though the stunning 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo that won Best in Show would look good parked in my shop!)
This year, the Concept Car Lawn at Pebble Beach served as an all-you-can-eat buffet of exotic beauty. If top-shelf modern metal moves you, then the manicured putting greens of Monterey was the place to be this weekend. It was surely the highest concentration of rare and one-of-a-kind supercars in all of California. Well, outside of Jay Leno’s garage, anyway.
Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Bugatti, Infiniti, Lamborghini, Lexus and SRT parked a plethora of exotic and concept vehicles on the lawn. The BMW Zagato Roadster rubbed shoulders with the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, while the Lamborghini Urus concept lurked nearby. The Aston Martin Vanquish, though, may have been the best-looking of the bunch.
Keep reading for pictures!