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A brand of luxury grand touring automobiles founded in 1913. The parent company name is Aston Martin Lagonda.

Vehicle names used by Aston Martin throughout its history include:  CC100, DB2, DB4, DB5, DB7, DB9, DBS, Lagonda, Metro, Rapide, Ulster, V8 Vantage, V12 Vantage, V12 Zagato, Vanquish, Virage, and Volante.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Aston Martin page on 5 January 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.

The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of a DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger.

The company has had a chequered financial history, including bankruptcy in the 1970s, but has also enjoyed long periods of success and stability, including under the ownership of David Brown, from 1947 to 1972 and of the Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007.

In March 2007, a consortium of investors, led by David Richards, purchased 92% of Aston Martin for £479 million, with Ford retaining a £40 million stake. David Richards became chairman of Aston Martin. In December 2012, the Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £150 million as a capital increase.

Founding

Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two had joined forces as Bamford & Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London where they also serviced GWK and Calthorpe vehicles. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the pair decided to make their own vehicles. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.

They acquired premises at Henniker Mews in Kensington and produced their first car in March 1915. Production could not start because of the outbreak of World War I, and Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford the Royal Army Service Corps. All machinery was sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.


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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
6 March 2007Aston Martin May Be Sold This WeekAnthony Fontanelle
15 February 2008Aston Martin Builds New Test CenterAnthony Fontanelle
15 November 2012Aston Martin - every model explainedMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
7 February 2013Bruno Senna signs for Aston Martin!Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
25 July 2013Future Aston Martins to get AMG engines and Mercedes' electronicsMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
6 November 2013Aston Martin DBC ConceptMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
12 November 2013The 1AML Number Plate Appears To Be In Two Places At OnceMatt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
27 March 2014Aston Martin Lagonda Limited; Receipt of Petition for Temporary Exemption From New Requirements of Standard No. 214Federal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
31 October 2014Aston Martin Lagonda Limited; Partial Grant of Petition for Temporary Exemption From New Requirements of Standard No. 214David J. Friedman
6 July 2015Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Receipt of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey Giuseppe)
19 November 2015Aston Martin Lagonda Limited, Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Jeffrey M. Giuseppe)


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
15 January 2014Aston Martin Recall 13V228
To: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Bill Donnelly, Aston Martin Lagonda of North America
PDF - 312KB - 4 pages
30 January 2014Accelerator Pedal Arm May Break
To: Bill Donnelly, Aston Martin Lagonda of North America
From: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
PDF - 50KB - 2 pages
31 January 2014Aston Martin Recall 14V-010
To: Jennifer Timian, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
From: Bill Donnelly, Aston Martin Lagonda of North America
PDF - 40KB - 1 pages


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