1980 Aston Martin Bulldog

Some designs, with cars as anything else, are absolutely timeless; you could see them at any time and in any era and they would look awesome. That’s called a durable design. Some cars, on the other hand, have a styling so distinctive that you can look at them and almost pick the day or week in which they were designed. Such is the case of the 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog. More of a concept car than anything else, even though it is fully functional, this unique – literally, only one exists – vehicle features a spectacular wedge shape seen more often in early 80s science-fiction movies than on public roads. It also had ‘gull-wing’ style doors, another hallmark of the 80s.

1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (Front)
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (Front)

On the inside, the Bulldog was just as luxurious as you would expect an Aston Martin to be, and featured modern conveniences such as a rear-view TV monitor, among other things.

1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (with open doors)
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (with open doors)
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (rear view)
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog (rear view)

In terms of performance, the Bulldog could put its money where its mouth was, with a reported top speed of almost 290 km/h.

As far as I am concerned, this car would look 10 times better if it had been designed about 3 inches lower; as it stands now, nothing that’s not four-wheel drive with mud flaps should ride this high. The 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog is certainly a unique car, and an excellent example of late 70s and early 80s futuristic design. I’m happy the actual future did not turn out like that!

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