Before we knew it, Aston Martin’s Vantage family of sports cars is already 70 years old this year. Since 1950, the Vantage has become one of Aston Martin’s most beloved monikers, accounting for more than a third of the sports cars it has built. Let’s take a quick look at how the Vantage has evolved in its seven decades.

Start Of A New Era

Aston Martin DB2 Vantage
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It was in 1950 when the name “Vantage” first appeared. At the time, Aston Martin offered it as an upgrade option for the DB2 sports car. The Vantage option particularly meant larger carburetors and higher compression ratio pistons, thereby upgrading the output of the 2.6-liter Lagonda engine from 105 hp to 125 hp.

In the 1950s, the Vantage upgrade for the DB2 means a more powerful option. However, it was only in the 1960s when Aston Martin started offering sports cars officially bearing the Vantage moniker. It began with the DB4 Vantage in 1961, followed by the DB5 Vantage (1964) and the DB6 Vantage (1966).

Then in 1967, Aston Martin created the DBS Vantage, which started the model’s angular model shape. AM Vantage followed in 1972, which gained notoriety as the least powerful offering in the carmaker’s line-up back then.

First British Supercar

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
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A few years later in 1977, Aston Martin introduced the V8 Vantage as Britain’s first supercar. The production run of the V8 Vantage ended in 1988, but a few years prior, Aston Martin crafted the hyper rare V8 Vantage Zagato.

In 1993, Aston Martin revived the Vantage as the high-performance supercharged version of the Virage. It was then followed by the next installment of the V8 Vantage. The carmaker also built special editions of the Vantage — V550, V600 and V8 Vantage Le Mans – until it terminated the model in October 2000.

The Vantage Of Today

Aston Martin V12 Vantage Coupe Roadster
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Then in 1999, the British carmaker introduced the DB7 V12 Vantage, followed by the V8 Vantage in 2005. A few years later in 2009, the iconic V12 Vantage was launched. It ushered a number of powerful versions, such as the V12 Vantage S and the V12 Vantage Zagato.

The latest iteration of the sports car came in 2018, when the Aston Martin Vantage was launched. It was followed by the Vantage AMR in 2019. Just last month, the carmaker unveiled the V12 Vantage Roadster. And so, the Vantage saga continues!