Aston Martin has a rich history tracing back to 1913 when Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded the company in London. Initially, they started out as a small car service and repair shop, but by 1914, they had built their first car with a Coventry-Simplex engine. However, the onset of World War I halted their progress, and they had to focus on manufacturing aircraft components.
After the war, the company resumed car production with the launch of the Aston Martin First Series in 1921. In 1926, the company was sold to a group of investors led by Lord Charnwood, who placed it under the control of Bill Renwick and Augustus Bertelli. The duo introduced significant engineering improvements to the cars and oversaw the company’s success in racing during the 1930s.
During World War II, the company halted car production again to focus on military vehicle components. After the war, they resumed production with the launch of the DB2 sports car in 1949, which was a significant success both on and off the race track. The 1960s saw the launch of iconic cars such as the DB4, DB5, and DB6, which cemented Aston Martin’s reputation as a luxury car brand.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Aston Martin faced financial difficulties, changing ownership multiple times. But in 1987, the company was acquired by Ford, which helped bring the brand back to life. In 2007, Aston Martin was sold to a consortium of investors led by Prodrive founder, David Richards.
Today, Aston Martin is known for its high-performance sports cars, such as the DB11 and Vantage, and has expanded to include SUVs and electric vehicles. It is also a luxury lifestyle brand with collaborations and partnerships in fashion, yachting, and more.