Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings plc is a British independent manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. Steered from 1947 by David Brown, it became associated with expensive grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of a DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Their sports cars are regarded as a British cultural icon. Aston Martin has held a Royal Warrant as purveyor of motorcars to the Prince of Wales since 1982. It has over 150 car dealerships in over 50 countries on six continents, making them a global automobile brand. The company is traded at the London Stock Exchange.
Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom
Lionel Martin, Robert Bamford
Headquarters and main production site are in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England, alongside one of Jaguar, Land Rover’s development centres on the site of a former RAF V Bomber airbase. One of Aston Martin’s recent cars named after the 1950s Vulcan Bomber. Aston Martin has announced plans to turn itself into a global luxury brand, and is increasingly branching out into projects including speed boats, bicycles, clothing and real estate development, even submarines and airplanes, mostly on a licensing basis.
Aston Martin had a troubled history after the third quarter of the 20th century but enjoyed long periods of success and stability. “In the first century we went bankrupt seven times”, incoming CEO Andy Palmer told Automotive News Europe. “The second century is about making sure that is not the case.
Aston Martin founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two had joined forces as Bamford & Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London where they also serviced GWK and Calthorpe vehicles. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the pair decided to make their own vehicles. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting. A four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta Fraschini. They acquired premises at Henniker Mews in Kensington and produced their first car in March 1915. Production could not start because of the outbreak of the first World War, and Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford joined the Army Service Corps.
Aston Martin DB2:
The Aston Martin DB2 is a sports car that sold by Aston Martin from May 1950 through to April 1953. The successor to the 2-Litre Sports model, it had a comparatively advanced dual overhead cam 2.6 L straight-6 engine in place of the previous pushrod straight-4. It was available as a closed, 2-door, 2-seater coupe which Aston Martin called a sports saloon, and later also as a drophead coupe, which accounted for a quarter of the model’s total sales. The closed version had some success in racing.
Aston Martin V12 Zagato:
The Aston Martin V12 Zagato is a British sports car/endurace racer made by Aston Martin in collaboration with Zagato to celebrate a fifty-year partnership since the Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. Introduced in Lake Como, Italy at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 21 May 2011. The Zagato awarded with the competition’s “Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes” which has also been won by the One-77 in 2009. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage on which it is based. The V12 Zagato powered by a 5.9-litre AM11 V12 engine first used in the DBS which produces 510 bhp (380 kW; 517 PS), and 570 N⋅m (420 lb⋅ft) of torque.
Aston Martin CC100:
The Aston Martin CC100 Speedster, a concept car produced by the British car company Aston Martin to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Announced in May 2013 at the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring race. Only two produced and both sold to very loyal customers. One of the owners plans to keep it in his private collection. While the owner of the second car plans to get regulatory approval so it can driven on public roads. The CC100 powered by a naturally aspirated V12 engine mated to an automated sequential manual 6-speed gearbox. Enabling aclaimed limited top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h). And acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 4 seconds.