In celebration of the monumental deal Acklam Car Sales completed with an expat from Australia this month for the purchase of an Aston Martin DB7 Vantage, we thought we’d take this tie to educate you all on the rise of this iconic car brand.
When you think of British cars, what do you think of? Ask most people that question and you are most likely to find that the answer is the legendary Aston Martin DB5; the car epic British fictional spy James Bond made famous. However the history of the Aston Martin is so much more extraordinary than this one piece of it.
The Aston Martin in fact has a hundred years plus heritage and was one of the first British cars to make it out onto the road when cars were but a dream to most of the population.
The company itself was founded on the eve of World War One, just over a hundred years ago in 1913. It was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin originally as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd,’ a name that didn’t last for long as the next year, 1914, saw the creation of the official ‘Aston Martin’ brand.
The year 1920 was the year that the business famously relocated to Kensington, after the name was adopted following Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill climb in Buckinghamshire. That was how the name came into being.
From there the goal was to create a world famous luxury brand and the roaring twenties was certainly the perfect time to go about it. 1922 was the year that the Aston Martin first competed in the landmark French Grandprix, which saw it arrive on the world stge.
However financial problems plagued the company until it closed in 1925. That was not the end though, as a group of investors came in to save it in 1926, when it officially became ‘Aton Martin Motors Ltd.’ From here the only way was up, as the company built a range of competitive sports cars and saw entry into the iconic Le Mans 24 hour race in 1928.
The next few decades saw it become a global brand. It adopted mass production, embraced David Brown as leader of the band and introduced the DB models that would one day make the Aston Martin the choice of the famous British spy James Bond.
From there, the rest is history, Acklam Car Sales blog readers. This car is iconic to the point where it’s synonymous with Britishness and even today it’s a triumph of engineering in a way that other cars just simply aren’t.