Aston Martin (full name: Aston Martin Lagonda Limited) is one of the best-known names in the luxury and high performance car industry. The British manufacturer got its start in 1913 and first became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s. A major factor in the company’s popularity is the use of an Aston Martin D85 model car by James Bond in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Aston Martin sports a long and checkered history, especially when it comes to its finances. The company went bankrupt in the 1970s but nevertheless has enjoyed long periods of success and stability. Aston Martin was particularly successful from 1947 to 1972 and again from 1994 to 2007.
Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded the company in 1913. Their first car was known simply as the Aston Martin. It was a combination of a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine and a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini chassis. Though the first car was produced in 1915, mass production could not start because of the outbreak of World War I.
Aston Martin really got a good start in the automobile industry during the interwar period between World War I and World War II. They produced a number of successful cars including a number of cars that set world speed and endurance records and competed in the French Grand Prix. During this time, only around 55 cars were built. These included a long chassis Aston Martin and a short chassis Aston Martin.
It wasn’t until after World War II that Aston Martin really achieved commercial success. Sir David Brown, of the tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited, bought the company in 1947. Thus started one of the company’s most successful periods with the Aston Martin DB2, DB Mark III, and 3.7 L DB4 among others being produced. At the same time that these vehicles helped establish Aston Martin in the commercial market, they also helped the company get a solid foothold in the world of motorsports racing.
A change of ownership in the early 1970s led to a revitalization of the Aston Martin image. The classic cars were upgraded to a more modernized look. These included cars such as the V8 Vantage, the Lagonda Saloon, and a number of other cars.
Ford briefly owned Aston Martin in the mid-1990s to early 2000s. A record number of vehicles were produced during these years. The DB7 became the most popular model. The Aston Martin Vanquish, a V12 masterpiece, was introduced in 2001. The company currently produces a product line of four models.
The stylish Aston Martin Vanquish is the current flagship model of the company. The car was manufactured from 2001 to 2007 and again from 2011 until the present day.
The Aston Martin Vanquish is designed in the style of a grand tourer. It is an upgraded take on the Aston Martin DBS. A carbon fiber skirt and an all carbon fiber body are highlights of the vehicle. A hand-stitched leather interior (available in a variety of colors) also sets the car apart. The car was featured as the official sports car of James Bond in the film Die Another Day.
Aston Martin currently produces four models of its cars. These include the V8 and V12 Vantage, the Vanquish and Vanquish Volante, the DB9, and the Rapide S.
The Vantage is the leanest and most agile car in the Aston Martin lineup. It is meant to compete with other high performance sports cars such as the Porsche 911.
The DB9 is one of Aston Martin’s most popular cars. It is highly rated by car critics because of its interior and exterior design. The car has been used widely in motorsports racing.
The four-door, Rapide is a high-performance sport saloon. It is the company’s first four-door car since 1989.
Aston Martin is the creator of a large number of models other than those that they still manufacturer today. In recent years, these previous models include the Cygnet, DBS, One-77, Zagato, Virage, DB7, and CC100 Speedster.
In the post-war period after World War II, Aston Martin produced a wide variety of cars. These include the 2-Litre sports (DB1), the DB2, the DB Mark III, The DB4, the DB6, the DBS, the V8, and the DB8.
In addition to producing some of the most high performance luxury automobiles on the market, Aston Martin’s claim to fame is its place in several James Bond films. The first Aston Martin car to appear in a James Bond film was the DB5 model in Goldfinger. The company’s cars made appearances in a number of other films including The Living Daylights.
Aston Martin is also particularly successful in motorsports racing. They have a long history in both Formula One and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race.