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Aston Martin History

One of the most famous brands of luxury cars, «Aston Martin», was founded in 1904 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and in the early years of its existence was known by the names of their founders. The first cars of the company have been developed exclusively for the needs of the athletes who took part in various competitions around the world. One of these athletes were himself, Lionel Martin, who in the first car of the mark Singer-10 won the prestigious race «Aston». That is exactly what appeared the modern name of the company «Aston Martin».

However, the second model was developed two years after the registration of the trademark and its planned large-scale production, which prevented the First World War. However, some test samples that have bought one of the largest airlines of the country was issued.

After the war, the production has not been established, and the ruin of the firm «Aston Martin» in 1947 was bought by entrepreneur David Brown, who has been a longtime fan of Lionel Martin, and an avid collector of sports cars. By the way, it was Brown and added to the name of the famous DB models that are used to now.

In 1957 came the first two «Aston Martin» model - DB1 and its racing modification DBR1. In addition, the Englishman bought a racing company «Lagonda», which allowed the development to upgrade DBR1 so that she could participate in the twenty-four hour marathon of Le Mans, who immediately surrendered to the enterprising and ambitious company. In 1959 he had won a landslide, but the only victory that many more years will haunt the new owners of the brand.

However, David Brown has decided that it is time to win international fame far beyond the borders of France and Great Britain. The best solution was to take part in the work on a film about James Bond. Released by the time the Aston Martin DB5 had a sleek design and sturdy characteristics of a sports car. The model for the film received a more powerful engine in the 4-liter, compared to 3.7 in the standard model, as well as the world's first five-speed sports transmission and the soft suspension, which deadened roll when entering a corner at high speed. As a result, Aston Martin DB5 was the best-selling sports car of the time on both sides of the Atlantic.

Nevertheless, exhausted disease and begins to financial difficulties in connection with the modernization of production, David Brown decides to sell the company in 1972. The new owners were no less ambitsionznymi than David Brown in 1947. Aston Martin V8 model has been released, which is brought to zero sales competition from «Lamborghini» and «Ferrari» in the UK throughout 1972. In addition, an attempt was made to revive the company «Lagonda» and sold under this brand cheap version of «Aston Martin» cars. But problems came and the new owners, who were forced to sell a controlling stake «Aston Martin» company «Ford».

Within six years of American concern conducted a complete restructuring «Aston Martin», and in 1993 were bought the remaining shares. upravleniyaForda The result was the release of Aston Martin DB6 and DB7, sales of which grew and reached 6 thousand copies sold every year in 2001. In addition, «Ford» announced in 2003, just two new models of Aston Martin - DB9 and Vanquish, which were to finally bring the British brand a leader in sales in its segment worldwide.

After only 3 months, «Ford» unexpectedly announced plans to sell «Aston Martin», which was done in January 2004. The new owners of Arab investors have become «Aabar» and the company «Prodrive», headed by David Richards. He took a chair and Director General of «Aston Martin». His main solution was to use DB9 platform for the production of new models of the company in the future.

In 2002, the company announced the release of the six thousandth car.

In 2003, at the Detroit Auto Show a new model Aston Martin AMV8 Vantage was introduced. In the same year, the factory was opened in Gaydon and announced model Vanquish and DB9. In late 2003, the company reported a return to motor racing in 2005. Especially for this division was created Aston Martin Racing.

In 2014, the company slightly narrowed the circle, providing exclusive in Dubai the Lagonda sedan, intended for sale in the Arab world. Model called Taraf, which in Arabic means "absolute luxury". Naturally, each model of car premium will be collected manually. And of course, a series of bulet ogranichenna- only 100 copies. The cost of the supercar will be roughly half a million US dollars.

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Aston Martin Models (Images)

1921–1925 Aston Martin Standard Sports

1927–1932 Aston Martin First Series

1929–1932 Aston Martin International

1932–1932 Aston Martin International Le Mans

1932–1934 Aston Martin Le Mans

1933–1934 Aston Martin 12/50 Standard

1934–1936 Aston Martin Mk II

1934–1936 Aston Martin Ulster

1936–1940 Aston Martin 2-litre Speed Models

1937–1939 Aston Martin 15/98

1948–1950 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports (DB1)

1950–1953 Aston Martin DB2

1953–1957 Aston Martin DB2/4

1957–1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III

1958–1963 Aston Martin DB4

1961–1963 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

1963–1965 Aston Martin DB5

1965–1966 Aston Martin Short Chassis Volante

1965–1969 Aston Martin DB6

1967–1972 Aston Martin DBS

1969–1989 Aston Martin V8

1977–1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage

1986–1990 Aston Martin V8 Zagato

1989–1996 Aston Martin Virage Volante

1989–2000 Aston Martin Virage

1993–2000 Aston Martin Vantage

1996–2000 Aston Martin V8 Coupe/V8 Volante

1993–2003 Aston Martin DB7/DB7 Vantage

2001–2007 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish/Vanquish S

2002–2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato

2002–2004 Aston Martin DB AR1

2004–2016 Aston Martin DB9

2005– Aston Martin V8 and V12 Vantage

2007–2012 Aston Martin DBS V12

2009–2012 Aston Martin One-77

2010– Aston Martin Rapide/Rapide S

2011–2012 Aston Martin Virage/Virage Volante

2011–2013 Aston Martin Cygnet, based on the Toyota iQ

2012–2013 Aston Martin V12 Zagato

2012– Aston Martin Vanquish/Vanquish Volante

2016– Aston Martin DB11

2010 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Carbon Black Edition

2010 Aston Martin DBS Carbon Black Edition

2013 Aston Martin Rapide Bertone Jet 2+2 (concept)

2013 Aston Martin CC100 Speedster (concept)

2015 Aston Martin DB10 (concept)

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