Aston Martin wowed ‘80s audiences with its 700bhp Bulldog concept car

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 15, 2016

When Aston Martin Bulldog was first conceptualized, it was meant to have a very limited production of 25 cars. Ultimately though, only one was built making it a truly one-of-a-kind work of art and an engineering marvel.

Aston Martin hired William Towns to design the car and gave it a code name DP K9, in reference to a character in the British show Doctor Who. It was considered unusual being a left-hand-drive car and UK-built.

Its eye-catching gull-wing door, digital instruments, the tv console at the center showing the rear view, and its low height of only 43 inches (1.1 meters) are the car’s most outstanding features. Its 5.3L twin-turbo V8 engine can deliver 700bhp (522kW), propelling the Bulldog to a verified top speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) in its first test drive in late 1979.

However, the car could theoretically achieve an estimated top speed of around 237 mph (381km/h). Aston Martin launched the Bulldog at the Bell Hotel, Aston Clinton on March 27, 1980.

When the development program ended, Aston Martin decided to recoup the estimated £130,000 total design and construction cost by selling the Bulldog to the highest bidder.

The American buyer then brought the car to the U.S. but it was brought back to Britain and was put up for sale. Originally painted silver and light grey, the car is now painted with green. Its interior is now black to light tan from the original dark brown.

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