Aston Martin


Aston Martin

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 Aston Martin logo2012, 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.

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Aston Martin Cars

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1937 Aston Martin 15/98
1989 Aston Martin AMR1
2003 Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage Concept
1980 Aston Martin Bulldog Concept
2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster Concept
2015 Aston Martin DB10
1948 Aston Martin DB1 2-Litre Sports
1953 Aston Martin DB1 ‘Paul Jackman Special’
1950 Aston Martin DB2
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4
1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Drophead Coupé
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spider
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Graber Drophead Coupé
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II
1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Drophead Coupé
1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Touring Spyder
1949 Aston Martin DB2 Prototype
1950 Aston Martin DB2 ‘Team Car’
1951 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage
1952 Aston Martin DB3
1953 Aston Martin DB3S
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Bertone “Jet”
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Convertible
1960 Aston Martin DB4 GT
1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato
2001 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Barchetta
1958 Aston Martin DB4 Series I
1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage
1964 Aston Martin DB5
1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible
1964 Aston Martin DB5 ‘James Bond’
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage
1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible
1966 Aston Martin DB6
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage
1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Volante
1960 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage
1966 Aston Martin DB6 Volante
1994 Aston Martin DB7
2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT
2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Coupe
2000 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante
2003 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Zagato Coupe
1996 Aston Martin DB7 Volante
2004 Aston Martin DB9
2010 Aston Martin DB9
2013 Aston Martin DB9
2014 Aston Martin DB9 Carbon Black Edition
2015 Aston Martin DB9 GT
2007 Aston Martin DB9 LM
2004 Aston Martin DB9 Volante
2010 Aston Martin DB9 Volante
2013 Aston Martin DB9 Volante
2003 Aston Martin DB AR1
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII
1958 Aston Martin DB MkIII Drophead Coupé
1957 Aston Martin DBR1
1957 Aston Martin DBR2
1957 Aston Martin DBR4
2005 Aston Martin DBR9
2006 Aston Martin DBRS9
1967 Aston Martin DBS
2008 Aston Martin DBS
2012 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Edition
1966 Aston Martin DBSC Coupé
2013 Aston Martin DBS Coupé Zagato Centennial
2012 Aston Martin DBS Ultimate
1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 GTP Muncher
2009 Aston Martin DBS Volante
2012 Aston Martin DBS Volante Ultimate
2014 Aston Martin DP-100
1962 Aston Martin DP212
1963 Aston Martin DP214
1922 Aston Martin Green Pea
2013 Aston Martin Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S
1978 Aston Martin Lagonda Series II
1993 Aston Martin Lagonda Vignale Concept
2011 Aston Martin LMP1
2011 Aston Martin One-77
2009 Aston Martin One-77 Prototype
2012 Aston Martin Project AM 310
1998 Aston Martin Project Vantage Concept
2010 Aston Martin Rapide
2013 Aston Martin Rapide Bertone
2006 Aston Martin Rapide Concept
2010 Aston Martin Rapide N24
2013 Aston Martin Rapide S
1966 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante
1934 Aston Martin Ulster
2000 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish
2004 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Zagato
2009 Aston Martin V12 Vantage
2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3
2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster
2014 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Roadster S
2007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage RS Concept
2013 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
2011 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato Prototype
2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato Stradale
1996 Aston Martin V8 Coupe
1972 Aston Martin V8 Series 2
1973 Aston Martin V8 Series 3
1978 Aston Martin V8 Series 4
1977 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
1992 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2005 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT
2008 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2
2009 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4
2011 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4
2000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans
2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N24
2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400
2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N400 Roadster
2014 Aston Martin V8 Vantage N430
2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
2012 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster
1997 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Special Series I
1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Special Series II
1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage V600
1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante
2000 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante SE
1986 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Coupé
1988 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato Volante
1978 Aston Martin V8 Volante
1997 Aston Martin V8 Volante
2013 Aston Martin Vanquish
2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition
2007 Aston Martin Vanquish S Ultimate Edition
2004 Aston Martin Vanquish S V12
2013 Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
2015 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 special edition
2012 Aston Martin Vantage GTE
2013 Aston Martin Vantage GTE
1988 Aston Martin Virage
2012 Aston Martin Virage
1992 Aston Martin Virage 6.3 Litre
2012 Aston Martin Virage Dragon 88
1992 Aston Martin Virage Shooting Brake
1992 Aston Martin Virage Volante
2012 Aston Martin Virage Volante
2015 Aston Martin Vulcan
1950 Aston Martin DB2 ‘First Sanction’
2001 Aston Martin Twenty Twenty
1974 Aston Martin Lagonda Series I
1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV

 

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