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Aston Martin is a British automaker of grand tourers and luxurious sports cars, headquartered in Gaydon, Warwickshire, England. Aston Martin cars are synonyms for elegance, beauty, and opulence. This is the reason why the autos were featured in the legendary Bondiana.
From Foundation till 1930s
In 1913, Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin founded Bamford & Martin Ltd. The name “Aston Martin” appeared after Martin’s successful performance at the Aston Hill Climb (Buckinghamshire, England). In 1914, they made their first auto. However, the founders didn’t stay with the company for long. Bamford left it in 1920, six years prior to Martin.
1922 was remarkable for Aston Martin as its cars participated in such a prestigious motor racing as the French Grand Prix (two cars completed the race) for the first time.
Although the company was on the verge of bankruptcy not once over its history, every time it found the way to revive and move forward, leaving its rivals far behind. In 1925, Aston Martin faced terrible financial difficulties. They would have closed if it weren’t for a group of investors who rescued the business, setting up Aston Martin Motors Ltd. in 1926.
In 1928, Aston Martin entered the Le Mans 24-Hour Race.
During the 1930s, production of Aston Martin cars flourished. By 1937, they built 140 autos. No automaker could boast of the same achievement then. In 1939, the Aston Martin Atom –on space-frame chassis, with independent suspension – was launched.
In 1947, the business was acquired by the English industrialist David Brown who expanded it (the Lagonda marque was purchased) and launched the DB2 model, which was followed by the DB2/4, the DB4GT, and the DB4GT Zagato.
The Aston Martin DB5
The DB5, a GT model, was made on the basis of the DB4 in 1963. It’s the most recognizable James Bond’s auto, which was featured in Goldfinger, Goldeneye, and Tomorrow Never Dies. The new model differed from its precursor with 4-litre engine capacity, ZF five-speed transmission, and three Skinners Union carburettors. It had 282 horsepower and could speed up to 145 mph.
Among its standard features, there were reclining seats, leather interior, woollen carpets, power windows, chrome wheel webs, two fuel tanks, oil cooler, and fire-extinguisher.
In 1965 and 1966, the DB6 and the DB6 Volante were produced. In 1972, the V8 was rolled out.
In 1986, the V8 Vantage Zagato was launched.
In a year, the V8 Volante appeared in The Living Daylights.
The Virage was represented at the NEC International Motor Show in 1988, making Aston Martin enter the 90s with a new sports car.
1993 was remarkable for the DB7 turning out and Ford Motor Company taking over Aston Martin.
In 1998, the Queen awarded Aston Martin for its significant contribution to the UK economy.
Aston Martin entered a new millennium energetically, full of fresh ideas. The company pleased its admirers with new creations that were launched one after another.
2001 witnessed production of the V12 Vanguish, which was driven by Pierce Brosnan in Die Another Day.
In 2004, the brand new DB9 was delivered. In a year, its sports version, the DBR9, was manufactured.
The DBS was represented in an unusual way in 2006. It was seen for the first time in Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig, and appeared later in Quantum of Solace.
The year 2009 was very profitable for the company as both the DBS Volante and the V12 Vantage were launched.
Aston Martin doesn’t stay on the sidelines when future of our planet and out healthy living are at stake. It was proved in 2009 by the One-77 unveiling, the world’s most powerful naturally aspired auto. As usual, Aston Martin’s specialists managed to combine high performance, beautiful design, and loyalty to clean environment in one car. Thus, the model won the design award at the Concorso D’eleganza, Villa D’este, Italy. Two years later, there, in Italy, the V12 Zagato was unveiled.
Producing the Virage and the V8 Vantage S in 2011, the company made it clear it isn’t going to rest on its laurels. It’s moving forward constantly to satisfy its clients’ requirements, which reflect world changes, thus changes of their needs.
In 2013, Aston Martin celebrated its hundredth anniversary of creating the most reliable and beautiful autos in the world with unveiling the CC100. This sports car concludes the company’s 100-year experience in automotive industry. The model was represented at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring Race piloted personally by Aston Martin CEO Dr Ulrich Bez.
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