The Aston Martin Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by the Lionel Martin and Robert Ford. The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in 1950 and 1960, and the fictional character James Bond following his use of a model DB5 in the 1964 film Gold-finger. The company has had a checkered history, financial, and think in the 1970’s, but for a long time and enjoy success and stability, including under ownership of David Brown, from 1947 to 1972 and of Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007.
In March 2007, the Consortium of investors led by Prodrive boss David Richards bought 90% of Aston Martin for £ 479 million, with Ford retaining a £ 40 million stake. David Richards became the chairman of Aston Martin. In December 2012, Italian private equity fund Invest industrial signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £ 150 million as an increase in capital.
Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Ford. The two joined forces as Ford & Martin last year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London where they can GWK and Calthorpe vehicles. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the couple decided to make their own cars. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by a suitable four-cylinder Coventry-simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.
After the war, the company was refounded at Abingdon Road, Kensington and a new car designed to carry the Aston Martin. Ford left in 1920 and the company was revitalized with funding from Count Louis Zborowski. In 1922, Ford & Martin produced cars to compete in the French Grand Prix, which laid the world speed and endurance records at Brooklands. Three works Team Cars 16-valve twin cam engines built for racing and record breaking: chassis number 1914, later developed as Green pea; Chassis number 1915, Razor Blade record car; and chassis number 1916, later developed as Halford Special.
Nearly 55 cars were built for sale in two configurations, long chassis, and chassis. The company went bankrupt in 1924 and was bought by Lady Charnwood, who put her son John Benson on board. The company failed in 1925 and the factory closed in 1926, and Lionel Martin leaving. Later that year, Bill Renwick, Augustus (Bert) Bertelli and investors including Lady Charnwood took control of the company. They said it Aston Martin Motors moved it to the former Whitehead Aircraft Limited works in Feltham. Renwick and the Bertelli had been in partnership some years and had developed an on-cam four-cylinder engine uses a patented combustion chamber design Renwick’s, which had tested the chassis, Enfield-Allday. The only “Renwick and Bertelli” motor car made , it was known as the “Buzzbox” and still survives.
In 1947, the tractor manufacturer David Brown Limited bought the company under the leadership of managing director Sir David Brown-its “savior of post-war”. The company also acquired indirectly that year because of its-liter 2.6 Wo Bentley-designed engine. Both companies shared resources and workshops, Birthing the classic “DB” series of cars. In 1950, the company announced the Aston Martin DB2, followed by DB2 / 4 in 1953, the DB2 / 4 MkII in 1955, the Aston Martin DB Mark III in 1957 and the Italian-styled 3.7 L DB4 in 1958.
The company Aston Martin was often financially troubled. In 1972, the company was sold to Company Developments, a Consortium Birmingham-based chairman William Wilson, a catch. The company knows in 1975 by its recipient after considering the burden of the North American businessmen Peter Sprague and George families for £ 1.05 million. A successful turn-around strategy led to the recruitment of 360 new staff and, by 1977, a trading profit of £ 750,000. New owners pushed the company into its modern line, producing the V8 Vantage in 1977, the Volante convertible in 1978, and the Bulldog one-off William Towns-styled in 1980 Towns also styled the new Futuristic indirect Saloon, based on the V8 model.
In 1980 Aston Martin wanted to buy MG, planning to make a new model offering our take on an updated 1981 model MGB. Never developed, as the company was badly hit by the economic contraction in early 1980. Commercial vehicles shrank to three times a week, Chairman Alan Curtis, Sprague, and families to consider shutting down production to concentrate on the service restoration. At this point, Curtis attended the 1980 Pace sponsored day gain Stirling Moss at Brands hatch and met fellow the Farnham resident Victor Gauntlett.
In October 2004, the company established a dedicated 12,500 square meters (135,000 sq ft) AMEP engine production plant within the Ford Germany Eyes, Cologne plant. With the capacity to produce up to 5,000 engines a year by 100 specially trained and, like traditional Aston Martin engine production from Newport Pagnell, assembly of each unit entrusted to one expert from a pool of 30, and the V8 and V12 variants assembled in less than 20 hours a production engine back inside the company , the promise was that Aston Martin will be able to produce small runs of higher performance variants engines. This increases the engine capacity allowed in 2006, the V8 Vantage sports car to enter production at the Gaydon factory, joining the Aston Martin DB9 and Aston Martin DB9 Volante.
In December 2003 Aston Martin announced it would return in 2005 A new division was created to motor racing, called Aston Martin Racing, which became responsible, with Prodrive, for the design, development, and management of the Aston Martin DBR9. The Aston Martin DBR9 competes GT class in sports car races, including world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2006, the internal audit led Ford to consider divesting itself of parts of its Premier Automotive Group. After the suggestions of selling Jaguar Cars, Land Rover, Volvo Cars weighed, Ford announced in August 2006 was the marriage of UBS AG to sell all or part of Aston Martin auction.
Aston Martin LogoIn 2013 Aston Martin signed the agreement with Daimler AG to supply new power plants Mercedes-AMG next generation line up. Daimler AG now owns 5% of Aston Martin. Mercedes-AMG will provide Aston Martin with electrical systems. This collaboration with technical support launch of Aston Martin’s new generation of models that applying new technology and V8s.