04 September, 2018

The Story of Aston Martin

Aston Martin's story began on in 1913 as Bamford and Martin Ltd.

Their founders, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, chose a vision of impeccable design and supreme performance.

With news that they will make real the dreams of bond fans, the iconic DB5 in back in production with orders expected in 2020.

A staple of British manufacturing, they have been included in our series which explores Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturers. However, how did they become what they are?

Aston Martin in Motorsport

Aston Martin's value of supreme performance sparked an affinity with motor racing where they started to make a name for themselves.

Trivia - In 1914, Bamford and Martin Ltd changed their name to Aston Martin which was taken from Lionel's success at the Aston Hill Climb.

Sitting at the top of motorsport are Le Mans, Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championships. 

Aston Martin launched Aston Martin Racing in 2005 and achieved instant success at the American Le Mans Series with a class victory at Sebring with the DBR9.

One of their biggest successes occurred in 2007 when the DBR9 took a GT1 class victory at Le Mans after 48 years! They defended their crown in 2008.

The DB moniker is full of racing and cinematic history but where did it come from?

What is The DB in Aston Martin?

Have you ever wondered what DB means? Aston Martin struggled with funding during the post-war recovery and went up for sale with an advert placed in a newspaper.

Sir David Brown, an agricultural and engineering entrepreneur, answered the call and paid £20,500 to acquire Aston Martin.

Trivia - His initials were used as a moniker for future cars which still exists today under the 'DB' series.

Sir David Brown would eventually sell Aston Martin in 1972. Today, they are owned by a consortium which includes David Richards, John Sinders and two Kuwaiti companies. 

Aston Martin in Cinema

Aston Martin started writing themselves into cinematic history through their iconic partnership with James Bond. Their first collaboration occurred in 1964's Goldfinger when the Aston Martin DB5 was chosen to partner Sean Connery.

Trivia - Jaguar rejected supplying two of their iconic E-types.

Despite being associated with The famous franchise, one car has stolen the show on many occasions, the DB5. This car became the envy of bond fans and became instantly recognisable when it appeared in Tomorrow Never Dies, Skyfall and others! 

Aston Martin announced that they would create 25 DB5s. It will feature numerous gadgets found in the 1964 Goldfinger film including the 4.0L Straight-six engine with 282bhp and a top speed of 145mph. The price tag is £3.3m! 

Final Words

Aston Martin is renowned for their rich history which has left lasting impacts on the racing world, cinema and British culture.

In 2017, Aston Martin sold 5,117 vehicles and announced an ambitious second-century plan. They intend to create seven cars in seven years. 

One of those cars was the DBS Superleggera, an assault on the Super GT market with the view of taking its crown. Check out our review here! New Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.

Aston Martin joined the hybrid era when they partnered with the F1 team Red Bull to design and build the Valkyrie, a hybrid electric sports car which they believe is the fastest street-legal race car.

Next in Our Series

There's no doubt that Aston Martin is a manufacturer who has endeared the hearts of people around the world but enough to be Britain's greatest? See more additions to our series with Bentley coming up next where you'll be able to see how Aston Martin link with the brand.

 
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Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin
Britain's Greatest Car Manufacturer - Aston Martin