In 1958, the DB4 coupe premiered to critical acclaim. With a 240-horsepower 3.7-litre six, it was quick for its time. With coil-spring suspension and a tube chassis, it was light and nimble as well. Carrozzeria Touring of Milan sculpted the body, and the car's Italian accent made it an instant hit at the London Motor Show of 1958. A convertible was added to the line in 1962. A lightweight GT DB4 with Weber carbs and dual-plug ignition boasted 302 horsepower, which was enough to take the car to 150 mph. Other variations included a Vantage and a Vantage GT.
The DB5 of 1963 was based on the DB4. While the cars were similar, the DB5 offered upgrades, including an increase in displacement to 4 litres, triple SU carbs and a five-speed trans. The engine revisions upped the output of the standard offering to 282 horsepower. Numerous model variations included a DB5 Vantage with triple Webers and 314 horsepower, a convertible, and even a shooting brake. (That's a station wagon in American-speak.)
The next DB appeared in 1994. Produced as both coupe and convertible the supercharged 6-cylinder sports car was based on the Jaguar XJ-S platform. A V-12 Vantage version followed in 1999 and a V12 GT model in 2002.
Skipping the DB8 name to avoid confusion in regard to the number of cylinders, Aston Martin launched the V-12-powered DB9 coupe and convertible in 2004. With 450 horsepower, the new machine was capable of 190 mph, all the while treating its well-heeled occupant to a lavish display of automotive luxury. An upmarket DBS version was launched at Pebble Beach in 2008. With a 570-horsepower V-12, a high-tech composite body, numerous technical wonders, and a plethora of amenities, this latest DB series automobile places Aston Martin solidly in the supercar class.