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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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A Wild Hypercar Aston Martin has some seriously impressive cars but the new Valkyrie is one of the wildest out there. The vehicle is essentially a LMP2 race car with a number plate. The model takes all that Aston Martin knows about making a vehicle travel extremely fast and combines it into one impressive package. …

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 …

It’s as Gorgeous as We Expected Feast your eyes on the Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato that will be sold next to the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Continuation. The two cars will be sold as a package that costs a whopping $7.48 million. Only 19 examples of each car will be made.  The car …

Aston Upholding Its Promise Aston Martin’s CEO Andy Palmer has said in the past that he wants to be the last company out there to offer a manual transmission. That means the car company will have to be able to offer one on its upcoming new models. According to Car Sales, the manual is now …

A Worthy Bond Car The Aston Martin Valhalla hasn’t even had its name that long, but the company is already getting it some serious roles. The vehicle will be in the upcoming Bond movie, which is currently called “Bond 25” around the movie press watercooler. What role the car will play in the move is …

Taking on The Green Hell The Aston Martin Valkyrie is an amazing car. It features a 1,160 horsepower coming from a 6.5-liter V-12 hybrid powertrain that will make the car rocket anywhere. It also has some of the world’s most advanced aerodynamics. Altogether it is a performance monster. Now, Aston Martin wants to prove just …

A Killer Aston Martin and Piece of Movie History If you’re an Aston Martin fan and a fan of the worlds most famous secret agent, then you need to get the RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction event in August. One of James Bond Aston Martin DB5s will cross the auction block. The car is one of …

A Fitting Debut for an Amazing Car Aston Martin’s DB4 GT Zagato is a special car. Only 19 of the vehicles were produced. This makes it one of the most exclusive Aston Martins out there. However, Aston has a special Continuation project. It will build 19 additional DB4 GT Zagatos, and it recently completed the …

There’s Only One Street Legal Vulcan The only Aston Martin Vulcan that’s street legal is being prepped to compete in the Gumball 3000. Aston Martin just revealed the car with a wrap on it. The Vulcan was built to be a track-only hypercar, but Aston couldn’t let the car stop there. The company only built …

Collectors Rejoice and Prepare to Buy The Aston Martin V8 Zagato is a rare car with only about 50 models being built. The model you see here is even more special. It’s one of just three prototype V8 Zagatos ever built and one of two with right-hand drive. Pendine Historic Cars is a classic car …

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