ASTON MARTIN BEGAN in 1913 in a London garage, founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. Avid drivers, the pair soon built their own sports car using an old Isotta Fraschini chassis and a Coventry-
Aston Martin DB7
Introduced in 1993, when Aston Martin and Jaguar were both owned by Ford, the DB7 used the running gear of the Jaguar XJS, although the DB7’s styling was very different.
Martin, with the help of his wife, Kate, then became a full-
A year later a new 1.5-
During World War II, Aston Martin made aircraft components. After the war, Aston Martin, almost bankrupt as ever, was bought by David Brown, a Yorkshire industrialist. He had seen it for sale in the classified advertisements of The Times newspaper. Brown also acquired the Lagonda marque and combined the best of both traditions in the DB2 sports car, which married Aston’s capable chassis with Lagonda’s superb 2.6-
Aston Martin’s future as a great marque was sealed at Le Mans in 1950, when Abecassis/Macklin brought a DB2 home fifth overall and won the 3-
Brown realized that, to be profitable, Aston Martin’s expensive, hand-
Launched in 1964, the DB5 might have seemed just a more powerful and aerodynamic evolution of the DB4, were it not for a starring role as James Bond’s car in the 1964 film Goldfinger. This big-
Aston decided next to confront the Porsche 911 with its own compact sports car. It built an all-
In 2009, showing pragmatism rarely seen under previous owners, Aston Martin unveiled the Cygnet city car, a joint venture with Toyota. This new addition to the Aston Martin range gives the owners of today’s Vantage, DB9, DBS, Rapide, or One-
Licence to thrill Since 1964, Aston Martins have featured alongside 007 in many James Bond films. Most recently the DBS V12 appeared in Casino Royale (2006), shown here, and Quantum of Solace (2008).