Since 1913, Aston Martin (Now Aston Martin Lagonda Limited) have produced some of the most iconic luxury sports cards and grand tourers ever manufactured. From the Aston Martin DB9, the Aston Martin Vanquish or even the Aston Martin DB5, they offer a history of excellent vehicles.
Company founders Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford had been selling Singer produced cars for years before creating their first vehicle under the name Aston Martin in 1913. This was produced by the fitting of a 4 cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini Chassis. During both World Wars, the company changed to helping the aviation efforts of Britain, the in peacetime returning to high performance precision cars.
In 1947, David Brown limited, a tractor manufacturer, purchased the Aston Martin company. Similar to Lamborghini, the tractor manufacturer had acquired a great deal of wealth over the War, and began producing the unforgettable landmark luxury car series known as the Aston Martin DBs. The latest of this line, the DB9 is available to lease above.These are designed after the Grand Tourer style, perfect for long distance travelling in style, or a luxury high performance vehicle.
In 1972, suffering financial hardship, the company was sold again, but carried on with its stylish brand of automotives. In 1977, the company released the Aston Martin V8, with its 170 miles per hour top speed, it was cited as â€˜Britain’s First Supercar’. In the 1980s, the economic contraction hit Aston Martin hard again, and after ownership by the Gauntlett company it was placed by Ford into the Premier Automotive Group. Since 2007, the company has been privately owned by a series of investors and consortiums.
Whilst Aston Martin has had a financially tumultuous past, their quality of vehicle has always been incredibly high and iconic. They are, for many, the ultimate bond car, having the DB5 first driven by international man of mystery James Bond in the 1964 film Goldfinger. Since then, Aston Martin’s have never been far from the franchise, from the V8 Vantage in the Living Daylights to even reviving the DB5 classic for the most recent Skyfall.
Aston Martin now work with Mercedes-AMG, being provided powerplants and electronics to place into their new vehicles. With the grand history of both Aston Martin and Mercedes the vehicles look only to improve and challenge the global market