Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, known simply as Aston Martin, is one of the most important luxury sportscar manufacturers in Great Britain and the world. The two founders of the company, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford created this brand in 1913, and it has become a growing legend ever since. Currently, Aston Martin is seen as one of the most relevant cultural icons of Great Britain, and many car enthusiasts purchase their vehicles on a regular basis. Today, we’re going to walk you through a brief chronological history of the brand, and talk about 3 of its most famous cars.
Aston Martin – The History of a Legend
The company’s original name back in 1913 was Bamford & Martin Ltd. However, in 1914, because of Martin’s success at the Aston Hill Climb in England, the founders decided to change its name into what we know it to be today, namely Aston Martin. The next year, the company was already registering its first car. By 1920, Martin and Bamford decided to relocate to Kensington.
In 1922, two Aston Martin cars completed the French Grand Prix, making a name for the company overseas. Between 1925 and 1926, Aston Martin experienced some financial issues and had to close. Luckily, some investors saved it and transformed it into Aston Martin Motors Ltd. This led to the company building more and more cars and increasing its reputation. In 1928, an Aston Martin car entered the Le Mans 24-h Race for the first time.
In the 1933 Le Mans race, an Aston Martin car turned out to be one of the best of its class. In 1937, the company built an impressive total of 140 cars, proving their amazing production capacity. 1939 was the year when the Aston Martin Atom was produced. This was a prototype that showed how much the company has developed its engineering techniques.
In 1947, English industrialist David Brown acquired the company. This expanded the business, leading to the vehicle production being relocated to Hanworth Park, Middlesex. The company also purchased the Lagonda marque. This period saw a lot of milestones for Aston Martin, since many car models such as the DB2, DBR1, DB MK III, and so on were introduced.
In 1959, the DBR1 team won the World Sportscar Championship. In 1960, the company collaborated with Zagato, an Italian coachbuilder and launched together the DB4GT Zagato. The Aston Martin DB5, which is often referred to as the world’s most beautiful car, was first produced in 1963. An extremely important event in the Aston Martin history was the moment when this car was chosen in 1964 as James Bond’s vehicle in the movie “Goldfinger”.
In 1972, Company Developments Ltd took ownership of Aston Martin. That was also the year when the first V8 model was produced. In 1975, the company was under yet another ownership, launching its famous Lagonda model. 1988 was the year when the Virage model was introduced at the Nec International Motor Show.
In the 1990s, Aston Martin was once again James Bond’s vehicle of choice, and in 1998, the company got recognized for its contribution to the British economy by receiving the queen’s award for export.
In 2001, the 5000th DB model was produced and the V12 Vanquish saw the light of day. 2005 was the year when the company started entering their cars in races again. In 2006, Aston Martin released its 30000th car. The Aston Martin DBS was also unveiled in another James Bond movie in 2006. In 2007, the company was sold to two international investment houses, namely Adeem Investment and Investment Dar. In 2009, Aston Martin was extremely active in product development, launching the DBS Volante, the V12 Vantage, and the Aston Martin One-77.
In 2011, Aston Martin launched the V8 Vantage S and the Virage, while in 2012, the biggest unveil was the new Vanquish, considered the best car the company has ever made. In 2013, Aston Martin celebrated its centenary in style and also produced two other cars, namely the CC100 and the V12 Vantage S. The company crossed another threshold in 2014, when they launched their first virtual-only GT racer, called the DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo. Currently, Aston Martin’s chief executive is Andy Palmer, a well-known businessman, engineer, and manager.
3 Top Aston Martin Cars
Aston Martin Vanquish
The Aston Martin Vanquish is one of the most sought after models the company has ever produced. The car has an AM29 V12 engine, which is Aston Martin’s strongest GT engine. It goes from 0 to 60mph in only 3.6 seconds, it has a power of 568 bhp, and it reaches an impressive speed of 201 mph. It’s considered a Super Grand Tourer, having as many as 8 gears, and an AMi III infotainment system as a control center. Not to mention the exquisite design of the vehicle, which combines rigidity with agility, and sturdiness with elegance. The car is made of aerospace engineered carbon fiber and it has a luxurious interior.
Aston Martin Vantage V8
There are many Aston Martin Vantage models, but the V8 is definitely one of the most impressive ones. This car only needs 4.9 seconds to go from 0 to 62mph, it has a compact and lightweight engine, and it produces 470Nm of torque and 426PS of peak power. Its exterior design is clean and sculptural, allowing the interior to truly shine. The inside of the car is extremely elegant and comfortable, and it’s available in many color schemes.
Aston Martin DB 10
The Aston Martin DB10 was produced specifically for the James Bond 2015 “Spectre” movie. Its creation was kept a secret, and only 10 such cars were manufactured. 8 of them were used in the movie, while the other 2 served promotional purposes. The car is supposed to provide us with a glimpse to what the next Aston Martin models are going to look like. Not many of the car’s characteristics are known to the public, but the company has revealed that the vehicle’s engine is the one we can find in the Vantage V8 as well.