Aston Martin V12 Vantage S could leave newbie performance drivers shaken

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Ford, Jaguar and Aston Martin are seemingly unrelated car companies, but they’re unified by a pair of designers whose iconic look has carried through each brand over the last 20 years. That look could soon be coming to an end for Aston Martin.  New business deals and a recent announcement of investment in a new sports car line, promise change for the company.  Could the 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, the nearly perfect British muscle car, be one of the last of the iconic Aston shape?

When Ford [fortune-stock symbol=”F”] purchased a stake in Aston Martin in 1987, it was on the precipice of collapse.  At that time designer Ian Callum, a former junior designer at the American automaker, was working for a consulting company Ford had hired to revitalize the struggling brand. His resulting design, the DB7, a car made famous by James Bond, helped Aston get back on its feet. Fast…

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