Aston Martin: History & Cars


Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford at Aston Hill, Oxfordshire, Aston Martin has established an enviable reputation for producing high-quality sports cars. The pre-war years were unstable for Aston Martin as it was run as a "rich mans hobby" by a number of owners. In 1947 Yorkshire industrialist (Sir) David Brown purchased the company and introduced a range of models that would go on to become legendary.

Despite the efforts of David Brown, and association with fictional character James Bond, the company found itself in financial trouble during the mid-1970s. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the company began to gather strength throughout the late 1970s/early 1980s. In 1987 Aston Martin attracted the attention of the Ford Motor Company, who acquired 75% of the company's shares.

In March 2007, Ford announced it had agreed to sell Aston Martin to a consortium comprised of David Richards, John Sinders, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment Co. The company continues to go from strength to strength as it produces the DB7 and V8 models in ever increasing quantities.

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