Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is known as a British maker of luxury cars. Their headquarters are situated in Gaydon in Warwickshire, England. The name of the company is derived from one of the founders of the company, Lionel Martin, as well as the Aston Clinton hill climb.
Between the years of 1994 and 2007, Aston Martin was a member of the Premier Automotive Group, which is a Ford Motor Company division. In early 2007, Aston Martin was acquired by a British consortium led by Prodrive’s David Richards for a sum of 479 million pounds.
The foundation of Aston Martin goes back to the year 1913, wherein the name was created by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin. Previously, the two gentlemen had joined forces under the name Bamford & Martin as a means of selling Singer cars from their premises on London’s Callow Street. From there, they also serviced Calthrope and GWK cars. Eventually, the two decided to start making their own cars.
The first Aston Martin model was created by Martin. He created the car by fitting the cassis of an Isotta Fraschini from 1908 with a four cylinder Coventry Simplex Configuration. In the year 1915, the team took over the premises of Kensington’s Henniker place where they began manufacturing models of their first car. Owing to the Great World War, they were unable to begin producing models right away. Martin would join the Royal Army Service Corps, and all their machinery would be sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.
This did not stop them from resuming their efforts after the War, and eventually producing one of Britain’s most famous lines. Aston Martin cars can frequently be seen in the James Bond series of films, giving it a quintessentially British aura of luxury and refinement. Aston Martin models have appeared in numerous other films, as well.
Jeremy Clarkson on Aston Martin