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Aston Martin History
A short history of Aston Martin over the last century
1913
Bamford and Martin Ltd founded in London by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. Sharing a passion for beautiful and fast cars, they join forces to sell Singer and other cars and prepare them for competition.
1914
First prototype for a fast road and competition car uses modified Coventry-Simplex 1,389cc side-valve, four cylinder engine and 1908 Isotta-Fraschini chassis. Called an Aston-Martin in deference to Martin’s successes at Aston Clinton Hillclimb, the hybrid takes Silver Medal at Brighton Speed Trials.
1915
Second prototype and first proper Aston-Martin is registered; a two-seater racing car with purpose-made chassis, it is powered by the hybrid’s Coventry-Simplex engine.
1919
With development having been halted by the Great War, the first works Aston-Martin, by now known as ‘Coal Scuttle’ due to its body shape, keeps the Aston-Martin name in the public eye with frequent entries in the 1½ litre class in competition.
1921

A second racing car with completely redesigned 1,486cc Aston-Martin competition engine, driven by Martin, gives the marque its maiden race victory at Brooklands; soon after Bamford resigns from company.
1922
Short chassis version of Brooklands winner, known as ‘Bunny’, is extraordinarily successful, including taking twenty-five Light Car and 10 World Records at the Weybridge track, the first light car to do so. Two new two-seater cars, with all new four valve per cylinder, twin overhead camshaft, four cylinder 1½ litre engine, acquit themselves well in French Grand Prix.
1923
Road car production at rate of one per week begins with Sports, Super Sports and Tourer models on short and long chassis. Beautifully engineered, of exquisite quality and endowed with exceptional road-holding for a small British car, even the slowest of the exceptionally expensive cars is capable of 70mph.
1924
Financial control of Aston-Martin passes to Charnwood family, with Martin and wife Kate remaining on board as directors.
1925
Company forced to close shortly after Aston-Martin’s debut at London Motor Show. Lionel Martin and wife resign.
1926
Renwick and Bertelli, an engineering firm owned by William Renwick and Augustus ‘Bert’ Bertelli, acquire the company and Aston-Martin Motors Limited is formed based at a new factory in Feltham.
1927
Completely new design of Aston-Martin introduced with in-house 1,495cc, single overhead camshaft engine, and four wheel brakes, available in Sporting and Touring guise.
1928
Aston Martin enters the Le Mans 24 Hours race for the first time and wins Rudge-Whitworth Cup for fastest 1½ litre cars over first 20 laps.
1932
Cheaper Second Series 1½ Litre range introduced; Lance Prideaux-Brune, and then Sir Arthur Sutherland, provides Aston-Martin with financial backing.
1934
Third Series 1½ Litre range introduced, followed by legendary Ulster model
1936
Two Litre Speed Model introduced; Sir Arthur Sutherland’s son Gordon takes over control of the company.
1937
Lighter 15/98 2/4 Seater model with shorter Speed Model chassis introduced, variants replace Two Litre long chassis Saloons, Tourers and Drop-Head Coupes. Bert Bertelli resigns.
1939
A revolutionary prototype four door saloon is developed with space frame tubular chassis, semi-automatic gearbox and independent front suspension; subsequently named Atom. Throughout World War Two further car development restricted and factory switches all production to aircraft components.
1944
Atom fitted with all-new two litre, pushrod, four cylinder engine.
1946
Without reference to it by name Aston-Martin Motors Limited is advertised for sale in The Times newspaper.
1947
David Brown buys Aston-Martin, dropping the hyphen in the name, and then Lagonda Limited and amalgamates the two companies into Aston Martin Lagonda Limited.
1948
The Atom-based Spa Special wins the Spa 24 Hours race; open bodied Spa Special-based Two Litre Sports model introduced.
1949
Three DB2 coupe prototypes enter Le Mans 24 Hours, two with two litre engine and one with 2.6 litre Lagonda six cylinder engine; one two litre car finishes third in class.
1950
Production of the DB2-powered by Lagonda engine begins; Two Litre Sports retrospectively renamed the DB1.
1951
DB2s take first, second and third places in the three litre class at Le Mans.
1952
DB3 racing model wins Goodwood Nine Hours race.
1953
DB2/4 with rear occasional seats and hatchback enters production; later fitted with enlarged 2.9 litre engine. DB3S racing car wins debut race.
1954
David Brown buys the ailing Tickford Motor Bodies in Newport Pagnell which brings production of Aston Martin bodies in-house.
1955
DB2/4 Mark II introduced; three cars win Team Prize in Monte Carlo Rally; a DB3S finishes second overall/first in class at Le Mans.
1956
DB3S again finishes second at Le Mans.
1957
DBR1 race car replaces DB3S and scores major successes including first overall in the Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometres race; DBR2 race car with all-new chassis and all-new 3.7 litre twin overhead camshaft six cylinder engine introduced for non-World Championship races. DB2/4 Mark III/DB Mark III introduced with front disc brakes.
1958
All-new DB4 with DBR2 type 3.7 litre engine enters production which moves from Feltham to Newport Pagnell. A DBR1 again wins the Nurburgring 1,000 Kilometres; DBR2 takes several race victories with enlarged 3.9 litre and 4.2 litre engines; DB3S finishes second at Le Mans for third time.
1959
Aston Martin wins the World Sportscar Championship with the DBR1 following victories in the Nürburgring 1,000 Kilometres, Le Mans 24 Hours and RAC Tourist Trophy; DBR2 takes more wins; short chassis DB4GT prototype wins debut race.
1960
Limited edition DB4GT Zagato introduced.
1963
DB5 with longer DB4 chassis and enlarged four litre engine enters production. Project 214 becomes first car to exceed 300kph/186mph at Le Mans and Project 215 sets all time record of 319.6kph/198.5mph for front engine cars in the 24 Hours; Project 214s take first and third places in Inter-Europa Cup at Monza.
1964
DB5 appears in the James Bond film Goldfinger.
1965
DB6 with longer DB5 chassis and tail spoiler goes into production.
1967
DBS with longer DB6 chassis and all-new body goes into production.
1969
DBS V8 with all-new 5.3 litre overhead camshaft V8 engine introduced; DB6 Mark II goes into production.
1972
David Brown forced to sell Aston Martin Lagonda and Company Developments takes over; with restyled nose, DBS and DBS V8 resume production as Vantage and V8; V8 retrospectively known as Series 2 model.
1974
Longer four door version of V8 introduced as first Aston Martin Lagonda. Company goes into receivership at the end of year.
1975
Aston Martin Lagonda is rescued by businessmen Peter Sprague and George Minden and renamed Aston Martin Lagonda (1975) Limited; Alan Curtis and Denis Flather soon become partners.
1976
Advanced new Aston Martin Lagonda with ‘wedge’ body style and electronic dashboard introduced as Series 2 model.
1977
V8 Vantage with increased power and tail spoiler goes into production.
1978
Convertible V8 Volante goes into production; V8 Series 3, introduced in 1973 with fuel injection rather than carburettors, replaced by Series 4 model incorporating V8 Vantage-style tail spoiler.
1980
Pace Petroleum and CH Industrials take control of company, renamed Aston Martin Lagonda Limited; Victor Gauntlett becomes chief executive and joint chairman with Tim Hearley. Aston Martin Tickford established as separate engineering company.
1982
Company returns to racing with Nimrod-Aston Martin and finishes third in World Endurance Championship.
1983
Peter Livanos and Nicholas Papanicolaou become majority shareholders first of USA importer Aston Martin Lagonda of North America and then of Aston Martin Lagonda Limited.
1986
V8 Vantage Zagato goes into production and updated V8 Series 5. V8 Vantage/Vantage Volante star car in James Bond film The Living Daylights.
1987
V8 Volante Zagato goes into production. Ford Motor Company takes a 75% shareholding in Aston Martin.
1988
Virage with four valve per cylinder 5.3 litre V8 engine goes into production.
1989
Works AMR1 race car takes sixth place in the World Sports-Prototype Championship.
1991
Ford purchases remaining shares, Victor Gauntlett resigns and Walter Hayes takes over as chairman.
1992
Virage-based Volante and Vantage with twin superchargers go into production.
1994
Ford Motor Company acquires 100% shareholding in Aston Martin. All-new DB7 with 3.2 litre, supercharged, six cylinder engine goes into production at new factory in Bloxham.
1996
DB7 Volante goes into production and V8 Coupe with Vantage styling cues replaces Virage.
1999
DB7 Vantage and DB7 Vantage Volante with 5.9 litre, four valve per cylinder, four overhead camshaft V12 engine, go into production.
2001
All new V12 Vanquish goes into production.
2002
Aston Martin renews its relationship with Italian coachbuilders Zagato to produce the limited edition DB7 Zagato
2003
Total DB7 production exceeds 7,000 cars, making model the most successful in Aston Martin history, including limited edition DB7 Vantage Zagato which goes into production.
2004
All-new 5.9 litre V12-powered DB9 and DB9 Volante go into production at purpose-built factory in Gaydon. Aston Martin announces its return to racing with DBR9. V12 Vanquish S goes into production.
2005
V8 Vantage with 4.3 litre, four valve per cylinder, four overhead camshaft V8 engine goes into production. Aston Martin returns to racing with DB9-based DBR9 for GT1 class and DBRS9 for GT3 class; works DBR9 takes class victory on debut in Sebring 12 Hours.
2006
All time Aston Martin production passes 30,000 cars. New more powerful DB9-based DBS introduced and stars in James Bond film Casino Royale. Aston Martin named ‘UK’s Coolest Brand’. Works DBR9 takes second in class in Le Mans 24 Hours.
2007
Aston Martin is sold to a consortium, with Investment Dar and Adeem Investment majority shareholders, led by David Richards; Ford retains a shareholding. Works DBR9s finish first and third in class at Le Mans. After 50 years, car production ends at Newport Pagnell, main building retained as Works Service. V8 Vantage N24 GT4 class race car and V8 Vantage Roadster go into production. Aston Martin again named ‘UK’s Coolest Brand’.
2008
Works DBR9 again finishes first in class at Le Mans. DBS stars in James Bond film Quantum of Solace. Aston Martin named ‘UK’s Coolest Brand’ for third consecutive year.
2009
Works 5.9 litre V12-powered and built Aston Martin LMP1 class sports-prototype, the Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, wins Catalunya 1,000 Kilometres on race debut, finishes fourth and first petrol-fuelled car at Le Mans and takes six more podium places; Aston Martin takes Team and Drivers titles in Le Mans Series Championship, 50 years after winning World Sportscar Championship. V8 Vantage GT2 launched making Aston Martin only manufacture producing cars for all four GT race classes. V12 Vantage and DBS Volante go into production. Limited edition 7.3 litre V12-powered 750bhp One-77 introduced with world’s most powerful normally aspirated engine.
2010
Works Lola-Aston Martin B09/60 finishes third and fastest petrol car in Sebring 12 Hours and second in Le Castellet Eight Hours and Long Beach GP. DB9-based four door Rapide and N24-inspired V8 Vantage N420 go into production. Aston Martin wins manufacturers title in GT1 Word Championship with DBR9. Aston Martin named ‘UK’s Coolest Brand’ for fourth time in five years.
2011
New AMR-One LMP1 sports-prototype with turbocharged two litre, six cylinder, petrol engine makes race debut in Le Castellet Six Hours. Up-rated V8 Vantage S, DB9-based Virage and Toyota iQ-based Cygnet city car go into production. New V12 Vantage-based Vantage GT3 race car and limited edition V12 Vantage Zagato announced.