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The story of Aston Martin’s rise from a two-man operation working from a small London workshop to a globally respected marque has been long, colourful and often dramatic.

Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd’, the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.

Celebrate a remarkable heritage, exploring a century of automotive excellence. From the very first Aston Martin – the inimitable “Coal Scuttle” – through the iconic David Brown “DB” era and a peerless collection of beautiful cars, right up to modern day and the spectacular One-77 supercar, the most exclusive Aston Martin of the new era.

 

The company has had a chequered financial history, including bankruptcy in the 1970s, but has also enjoyed long periods of success and stability, including under the ownership of David Brown, from 1947 to 1972 and of the Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007.

In March 2007, a consortium of investors, led by David Richards, purchased 92% of Aston Martin for £479 million, with Ford retaining a £40 million stake. David Richards became chairman of Aston Martin. In December 2012, the Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £150 million as a capital increase.

In late 2012, Investment Dar reviewed its stake, with Mahindra & Mahindra emerging as a potential bidder for as much as half of Aston Martin. Instead, Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal on 6 December 2012 to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £150 million as a capital increase.

This was confirmed by Aston Martin in a press release on 7 December 2012. In April 2013 it was reported that Dr Ulrich Bez would be leaving his role as chief executive officer to take up a more ambassadorial position widely seen as the first move by the new shareholders in reviewing the leadership and strategy of the company. On 2 September 2014, Aston Martin announced they had appointed the Nissan executive Andy Palmer as their new CEO with Ulrich Bez retaining a position as Non-Executive Chairman. As sales had been declining, from 2015 Aston Martin sought new customers (particularly wealthy female buyers) with cars like Lagonda and DBX while releasing concepts cars like the Vulcan.

In 2013 Aston Martin signed a deal with Daimler AG to supply new Mercedes-AMG power plants for the next generation line up. Daimler AG now owns 5% of Aston Martin. Mercedes-AMG will also supply Aston Martin with electrical systems. This technical partnership will support Aston Martin’s launch of a new generation of models that will incorporate new technology and V8s. The first model to sport Mercedes technology is the DB11, announced at the 2016 Geneva Motor, sporting Mercedes electronics for the entertainment, navigation and other systems.

What does the Aston Martin Logo Mean?

The current version of the Aston Martin logo contains a green rectangle on top of the white wings, sporting the company’s name in uppercase characters. It is black, green and white and they signify elegance, prestige, excellence and its British heritage. The winged design was first adapted in 1927, with the company’s name placed on a pair of white wings.

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Over the past four days, Aston Martin has had two major investors buy into voting shares of the company. In January of this year, Canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll, at the head of a group of other investors, purchased approximately 16 to 20 percent of controlling shares in the financially struggling company. The purchase was valued …

Aston Martin DB11 AMR Reviewed On the road the V12 DB11 didn’t quite live up to the sum of its parts however Aston Martin took note and here we have the keys to a DB11 AMR. Matt took to the road to see how it compares to find out if this was the car the …

The Aston Martin Valkyrie has made many appearances at car shows, in promotional videos, and even at Silverstone during the 2019 British Grand Prix. It has also been tested by Red Bull Racing drivers as recently as last month However, one thing that has never been seen is a totally de-camouflaged road going version of …

New Aston Martin V12 Speedster Announced As part of the continuing model reveals and releases over the cancelled Geneva Motor Show week, Aston Martin has revealed their limited series car: The V12 Speedster. The V12 Speedster, as the name suggests, is powered by a 5.2 liter twin-turbocharged V12 developing 700 HP and 555 lbs-ft of …

Top Gear has just released a video on YouTube where they go through the best of the James Bond movie cars, one per actor. There is also a quick preview at the end of the Aston Martin Valhalla, in its movie stunt car form, which should be releasing sometime in 2022 or 2023 as a …

As posted today by Evo Magazine, Aston Martin invited Red Bull Formula 1 drivers Max Verstappen and Alex Albon to test the production prototype version of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar. Aston Martin Valkyrie sound | evo Magazine Bask in the glorious sound of the 1160bhp Aston Martin Valkyrie from its latest testing session. Posted …

Via a press release this morning from Aston Martin, the 2020 Vantage Roadster has broken cover. The Roadster joins the Coupe in the Aston Martin range with a sleek yet powerful 2020 look. It shares the same ferocious powerplant, a twin turbo V8 pushing out over 500 HP and 504 lbs-ft of torque, mated to …

A New Chapter for Aston Martin According to various sources, Aston Martin ended 2019 in dire straits. Aston was in a tough financial decision. The company’s stock price keeps falling and the company overall is struggling. Now, though, things look a little differently. The company has received around $656 million in emergency funding from investors. …

Let the Open-Top Car Game Continue If you wanted an Aston Martin speedster that would compete with McLaren and Ferrari’s cars, then you’re in luck. The company will build one. However, you probably won’t get one. Aston will build only 88 of the V12 Speedster. The company released a sketch of the vehicle and it …

An Amazing Vehicle Continued The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato is a vehicle that we have discussed at previous points. The car is a beautiful recreation of one of the most impressive little coupes out there. It’s a part of the Continuation project that the company is putting together. The car, each and every one …

This Aviation Celebratory Model Is Gorgeous The vehicle you see here is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde special edition. It’s the latest in the “Wings” series and follows cars like the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80. As with those cars, the DBS Superleggera Concorde …

The Company’s First SUV We have mixed feelings about the addition of SUVs to some of the world’s most prestigious and previously sports and supercar-focused brands. However, Aston Martin’s DBX does a decent job of bringing Aston’s playbook to the SUV game. The company recently revealed the vehicle. The DBX blends Aston’s styling cues with …

Did it Need More Power? The Aston Martin DBS Superleggera is a powerful and beautiful machine. Apparently the folks at Wheelsandmore decided the car could use a little bit more oomph. The company just released two new software updates that will boost the car’s performance. The updates will push the car’s power up by 104 …

Does the Manual Gearbox Make This Aston Extra Special? The Aston Martin Vantage AMR is a wonderful car to look at. It’s futuristic and handsome while still harkening back to all of Aston’s rich heritage. There’s something else to like about this car, though. It comes with a manual transmission as well as the 503 …

Several of the Company’s Cars Will Appear Aston Martin and James Bond are two closely linked things. Bond has been driving Astons for decades now. In the new 25th title in the James Bond franchise titled “No Time To Die,” the British super-spy will come into contact with several different Aston rides.  According to a …

The Next Great Aston We knew it was coming, and now some images of the Aston Martin Vantage Roadster were released by the company recently. They show that the new Roadster will be based closely on the current coupe. It’ll share much of the car’s equipment, including its underpinnings, engine, interior, and much of its …

Feast Your Eyes on This 760 HP Beauty At the Audrain’s Newport Concourse Aston Martin revealed the new DBS GT Zagato. It is the counterpoint to the DB4 GT Zagato Continuation that we’ve written about in the past. The vehicles will be offered only as pairs. The DBZ Centenary Collection as the pairs will be …

A Horsepower Cap Keeps Hybrid Out of the Equation It seems the new racing rules for the FIA World Endurance Championship hypercar class will keep Aston Martin’s Valkyrie from having a hybrid powertrain. According to Aston Martin’s David King, there’s no need for the car to have a hybrid powertrain due to the fact that …

Aston’s Vallhalla Takes On Silverstone To celebrate Aston’s debut of the Valhalla in North America, the company decided to showcase a video of its new car tearing around Silverstone. The video was shown at The Quail. In the video, the Valhall and the Valkyrie both shoot around the track looking like they’re right where they …

At the 2019 British Grand Prix Aston Martin’s Valkyrie made its first on-track appearance at Silverstone ahead of the 2019 British Grand Prix. The car was driven by Chris Goodwin. Goodwin is a test driver for Aston and definitely the right man for the job. He sounded thrilled to get the car out on the …

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