Few automotive manufacturers are truly considered iconic but Aston Martin is certainly one of them. From the gorgeous DB9 Volante to the breathtaking V8 Vantage Aston Martin has always been a key element of Club Sportiva's automtotive selection. Browse our excellent selection of luxury and exotic cars today and you can be behind the wheel of an Aston Martin tomorrow.
The first effort in what became Aston Martin was called Bamford and Martin, named after the two blokes who started the company in 1913. Martin was a racer at heart and ran cars at a place called Aston Hill near Aston Clinton. The name Aston Martin began to be applied to the cars that the company was producing. After the war, the company was rejuvenated by the 1920s version of Kickstarter - rich royalty. In this case, a chap named Count Louis Zborowski provided the funding needed to keep Bamford and Martin going.
Despite some impressive racing success, Bamford and Martin suffered their first bankruptcy in 1924. Unfortunately, many more would follow and Martin was forced to sell the company the following year. Several investors, including a fellow named Augustus (Bert) Bertelli, took over and created Aston Martin Motors. Their goal was to produce an entirely new car, while continuing the Aston Martin legacy of success on the race track. This time in Aston Martin history is dubbed the "Bertelli Cars" era where he acted as both a designer and technical director. Despite more success on the racetrack through the rest of the 1920s and early 1930s, Aston Martin was again in several financial distress.
Rescued again by investors, Aston Martin began producing road cars, just in time for the second world war to begin. After the war, a fellow named David Brown arrived to push Aston Martin onward and upward with the famed "DB" series. Across the next few decades, Aston flourished, producing the DB2, DB2/4, DB4, and by 1963 the famous James Bond-aligned DB5. But by the 1970s, Aston Martin found itself in financial difficulties yet again.
An investment bank, directed by William Wilson, attempted to keep Aston afloat, but a worldwide recession, rising gas prices, and struggles meeting California emissions meant that Aston Martin's production facility was eventually shuttered in 1974. New investors, this time from North America, arrived to save Aston Martin. In 1975 the factory reopened to produce the new Aston Martin Lagonda followed by the V8 Vantage and drop-top Volante in the late 70s. Things were going well, even leading to speculation that Aston Martin may buy rival Lamborghini. But by the summer of 1980, potentially due to another recession, AM had to lay off around 20% of their workforce.
During the 1980s, Aston Martin was sold to Victor Gauntlett from Pace Petroleum. The rest of the decade saw a slow return to form for Aston as well as a V8 Vantage strategically placed in the latest James Bond movie. By the early 1990s, Gauntlett's racing interests ended up producing an alignment with Ford Motor Company who initially provided engines, but eventually agreed to help develop the new DB7. Shortly thereafter, Ford took full control of Aston Martin and placed it in their Premiere Automotive Group.
The Ford era saw an explosion of Aston Martin production. With many cars currently being produced using coachbuilder techniques, Ford invested in new factories and automated production. The new DB7 range included a V12 Vantage and a new flagship Vanquish model. The AMV8 Vantage concept paved the way for a new DB9 range in 2004 and Aston even went back to racing the following year. However, by 2006, Ford accountants decided it was time to sell and Aston Martin was yet again on the block.
A new investment group led by Prodrive chairman David Richards bought Aston Martin and developed a partnership with manufacturer Magna Steyr. By 2010, the gorgeous Rapide four door supercar was being produced in Austria, setting the tone for future luxury four door coupe offerings from other manufacturers. Production was moved back to the U.K. and over the last several years Aston Martin has leveraged their engine partnership with Mercedes-Benz AMG to produce some amazing machines including the new DB11, the one-off Vulcan and a new V8 Vantage.
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