Aston Martin: A Brief History

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  • Compared to Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche are mere babies. Both Ferrari and Porsche built their first sports cars in 1947. Aston Martin has been around since 1914. The first Aston Martin was a tuned version of a Singer sports car, built by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin , who lent his surname to half of the car’s name.. The “Aston” part came from the fact that the cars did rather well in the Aston Clinton hill climb event, hence the company became known as the “Aston Martin”.
  • When Aston Martin was bought by a tractor and gear manufacturer, David Brown in 1948, it led to perhaps the company’s golden years. He was a racing car enthusiast, and having built up his millions from his other businesses, he could indulge his passion for sports cars.
  • The 2 litre sports was David Brown’s first Aston Martin. The car gave he appearance of a sports car but with added comfort. It was extremely expensive at £1498, and was totally wrong-footed by the austere mood of the day. Just 15 were sold by may 1950. However a stripped out version of the car won the 1948 Spa 24 hour race. It also wore what was to become the famous Aston Martin grille.
  • The DB2 was launched in 1950 and was referred to by Motor as “one of the most beautiful cars in the world”. Its monumental 6 cylinder engine developed 125bhp, and was designed by WO Bentley, who designed the engine originally for Lagonda. A superleggera frame was used again, which gave the car phenomenal torsional rigidity. The car was still expensive. £2724 for the coupe and £2879 for the drophead; An XK120 cost £1000 in comparison. In all 411 DB2’s were made by 1953, which gave the company a secure footing.
  • This is the DB3 which was aimed purely at racing, but not enjoy an illustrious carreer.
  • The DB4 was produced between 1958 and 1963. In all 1,110 DB4’s were built. With a sensational new body designed by Touring in Milan, the DB4 was the Vanquish of the day. With a top speed of 140 mph it was the fastest four seater in the world. It was also Aston Martin’s most expensive car ever, with a price of £3976, (£1000 more than its predecessor). It’s style precise handling, and excellent 4 wheel disc brakes impressed journalists and customers alike.
  • In 1963 the DB5 was launched. Made famous by James Bond who drove the car in the film Goldfinger. (Truth be told, he actually drove a late series DB4)
  • The DB5 gave way to the larger DB6 in 1965. By this time the car was beginning to look dated and the last stock had to be discounted by £1000 to shift them.
  • However throughout, many still realised the ultimate desire of the name; When Ford took control of the company in 1987 they brought with them the investment necessary to develop a new sports car which lived up to the aspirations many had for the Aston Martin name. It too would wear the next badge in line to the classic David Brown cars; DB7, and the car would go on to become the most successful Aston Martin ever.
  • For Aston Martin, the DB7 recaptured all of the excitement of the Aston Martin name. However amongst a market full of supercars pushing 400 bhp, road testers and customers were looking for that little bit extra. Moreover, the Jaguar XK8 became available with an eight cylinder engine versus the more expensive DB7’s supercharged six. The answer came in the form of a 6.0 litre V12 engine, designed in conjunction with Aston Martin engineering and Ford’s Research + Vehicle Technology department. This unique V12 engine develops a staggering 420 bhp, propelling the car to 60 miles per hour from rest in just 5 seconds. It’s combination of style, tailor-made manufacture and guaranteed exclusivity, have lead to a resounding success story and a lengthy waiting list. This latest version of the car gained the name “Vantage” after the most power and fastest historic Aston Martins always carried this name.
  • Aston Martin: A Brief History

    1. 1. ASTON MARTIN A Brief History
    2. 2. Aston Martin: A Brief History The First Aston Martin 1915 The first Aston Martin was a tuned version of a Singer sports car, built by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin , who lent his surname to half of the car’s marquee. The “Aston” part came from the fact that the cars did rather well in the Aston Clinton hill climb event, hence the company became known as the “Aston Martin.”
    3. 3. David Brown Aston Martin was bought by a David Brown, a tractor and gear manufacturer in 1948. David Brown was a racing car enthusiast who built his fortune from his other businesses which allowed him to indulge his passion for sports cars. Aston Martin: A Brief History
    4. 4. The Two Liter Sports was David Brown’s first Aston Martin. It was extremely expensive at £1498 and by May 1950 only 15 vehicle were sold. A stripped out version of the car won the 1948 Spa 24 Hour Race. It also wore what was to become the famous Aston Martin grille. Notice the similarity with David Brown’s initials on this and following models to date. Two Liter Sports (“DB1”) 1948 Aston Martin: A Brief History
    5. 5. DB2 1950 The DB2, launched in 1950, was designed by W.O. Bentley, founder of another British car company bearing his name. David Brown brought Bentley's engineering expertise to Aston Martin and put W.O.’s 2.6 L straight-6 engine in his DB2. A superleggera frame gave the car phenomenal torsional rigidity. In all 411 DB2’s were made by 1953, which gave the company a secure footing. Aston Martin: A Brief History
    6. 6. The DB3 was aimed purely at racing. DB3 1951 Aston Martin: A Brief History
    7. 7. DB4 1958 - 1963 Aston Martin: A Brief History With a sensational new body designed by Touring in Milan, the DB4 was the Vanquish of the day. With a top speed of 140 mph it was the fastest four seater in the world. It was also Aston Martin’s most expensive car ever, with a price of £3976, (£1000 more than its predecessor.) It’s style precise handling, and excellent 4 wheel disc brakes impressed journalists and customers alike. The DB4 was produced between 1958 and 1963. In all 1,110 DB4’s were built.
    8. 8. DB5 1963 Aston Martin: A Brief History In 1963, the DB5 was launched and became famous due to the fact the world’s greatest spy - James Bond - drove the car in the film “Goldfinger.” (Truth be told, he actually drove a late series DB4).
    9. 9. DB6 1965 Aston Martin: A Brief History The DB5 gave way to the larger DB6 in 1965.
    10. 10. Aston Martin DB7 <ul><li>Relaunched the business in 1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced in the USA in 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>Styled by Ian Callum </li></ul><ul><li>Built at Bloxham </li></ul><ul><li>335bhp supercharged I6 engine </li></ul>Aston Martin: A Brief History When Ford Motor Company purchased Aston martin in 1987 they brought with them the investment necessary to develop a new sports car which lived up to the aspirations many had for the Aston Martin name. It too would wear the next badge in line to the classic David Brown cars; DB7, and the car would go on to become the most successful Aston Martin ever built.
    11. 11. Aston Martin DB7 Vantage <ul><li>Introduced in 1999 with 420bhp V12 engine </li></ul><ul><li>Over 7,000 built </li></ul>Aston Martin: A Brief History Designed in conjunction with Aston Martin engineering and Ford’s Research and Vehicle Technology Department, the DB7 Vantage possessed a unique V12 engine that created a staggering 420 HP. 0-60 MPH was attained in just 5 seconds and gained the name “Vantage.”
    12. 12. <ul><li>An Independent Company Once Again </li></ul><ul><li>From 1994 until 2007 Aston Martin was part of the Ford Motor Company, becoming part of the company's Premier Automotive Group in 2000. </li></ul><ul><li>On 12 March 2007, it was purchased by David Richards, the chairman of the motorsport and automotive engineering group; Prodrive and a joint venture company, co-owned by Investment Dar and Adeem Investment of Kuwait. </li></ul>Aston Martin: A Brief History
    13. 13. Aston Martin Headquarters Gaydon, England Aston Martin: A Brief History
    14. 14. All Cars Are Still Hand Built in Gaydon Aston Martin: A Brief History
    15. 15. All Cars Are Still Hand Built in Gaydon Aston Martin: A Brief History
    16. 16. On the Test Track Aston Martin: A Brief History
    17. 17. Faithful to the Styled Form
    18. 18. Faithful to the Styled Form
    19. 19. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Elegance and attention to detail </li></ul>Lightweight Aluminium and Magnesium Alloy Swan Wing Doors
    20. 20. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Elegance and attention to detail </li></ul>“ Floating” headlamp
    21. 21. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Solid Feel </li></ul>Solid Alloy Door Handles with LED illumination
    22. 22. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Attention to detail and the finest quality materials </li></ul>Solid Alloy Instrument faces
    23. 23. Craftsmanship “ Emotion Control Unit” - Stainless steel and sapphire Chrystal key ECU Docking Station with sapphire starter button
    24. 24. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Hand finishing in key areas </li></ul>Cast, enamelled badge
    25. 25. Craftsmanship <ul><li>Hand finishing in key areas </li></ul>50 hour hand painting and polishing process
    26. 26. Customer Experience Built for the Most Important Customer in the World
    27. 27. Customer Experience Built for the Most Important Customer in the World
    28. 28. Customer Experience Built for the Most Important Customer in the World
    29. 29. Customer Experience Bespoke Service for the Most Discerning Customer
    30. 30. Discover all the latest models from Aston Martin, including the all-new Rapide, the world’s most beautiful four-door sports car: http:// www.myastonmartindealer.com

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