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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Rolls Royce Balmoral Green, Having only covered 14,000 miles from new and this car is in immaculate condition. Benefitting from the upgraded V580X engine, 48mm Weber carburettors and enhanced wheels bodywork, this ‘X-Pack’ is a very proper motor car.The model is further enhanced with a Nardi steering wheel, the original Blaupunkt radio, a sports exhaust, original tool kit, warning triangle an
Silver Birch, Originally belonging to author Len Deighton, this particular DB6 is one of only 38 built. This is one of the 21 cars which had automatic transmission from new, but has now been converted to the more desirable 5 speed ZF manual gearbox format, Service History, 4 seats, Previously finished in light dubonnet metallic with black hide interior and a black power hood, it has since been res
This DB2/4 was supplied new by Messrs Grosvenor Garage to a Mr Edward Holbrook Franks, and registered UNF 444. Within the history folder of the car is an old-style continuation log book issued in 1971. This indicates a further four owners, two of which were garages, before being acquired by Peter Hepworth, of Hepworth Pistons, towards the end of the seventies. He commissioned a restoration by rec