Aston Martin is manufacturer of luxury cars based in Britain. The company is based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, and was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in 1914. Lionel enjoyed racing cars near Aston Clinton, and the two got together and decided to start their own car company. Though the pair built their first car in 1915, production of the cars had to be stopped due to the first world war.
After the end of the first world war, the company began building cars with the Aston Martin name. The cars manufactured by Astin Martin were designed to compete in the French Grand Prix. Many of these cars broke records for both speed and endurance. Despite this, the company went bankrupt in 1924, and by 1926 Lionel Martin resigned from the company.
Soon after, a number of wealthy investors took over the company and gave it the name Aston Martin Motors. The manufacturing plant was soon moved to Feltham. The company begin to rise in popularity, and their cars competed successfully in the Le Mans. By the late 1930s company executives decided it was time to begin building cars for the road in addition to racing. During WWII the company spent time making aircraft components.
The company was purchased by David Brown Limited in 1947, and this period saw the introduction of Aston Martin DB series. It was the DB4 that established Aston Martin as a company which built quality race vehicles. The company would continue producing race cars for the next few years, and would soon introduce the Aston Martin Vantage series.
Aston Martin cars begin to gain even more popularity after WWII, despite the fact that the company was often under financial strain. The value of their cars increased, and the introduction of the V8 Vantage in 1977 allowed the company to become well known outside Britain. By 1993, Ford took an interest in the firm, and began buying shares in order to take over the company. By investing in the company, production was substantially increased. Astin Martin was now a member of the Ford Premier Automotive Group. By 2001 the company introduced the V12 Vanquish, and annouced in 2003 that they would return to the race track.
Despite the humble beginnings of the company, today their cars are often featured in movies such as the James Bond series. The vehicle has also appeared in the 1969 film The Italian Job. Aston Martin today has a reputation of producing some of the finest cars in the world.