1913: Bamford and Martin Ltd. was founded.
The name Aston Martin was coined next year, after the Aston Hill climb.
A 1928 Aston Martin
standard sports model, chassis #TS10, engine #ST18
sold for £115,000 at Bonham's Bond Street Sale auction
(16 Dec. 2020).
1947: Aston Martin was bought by David Brown Ltd, hence 'DB';
the purchase included,
"the Atom – a 2.0-litre four-cylinder prototype
intended for post-war production" — Bonhams.
That year, Brown also bought
and formed Aston Martin Lagonda.
The Lagonda range continued for a decade or so and then
the name was used intermittently for larger cars made by the company.
A 1950 Aston Martin two-litre Sports Drophead Coupe
sold for £172,500 at Bonhams Bond Street auction,
16 Dec. 2022.
"With the DB2 ready for release, manufacture of the two litre Sports
(retrospectively known as the 'DB1') was halted in mid-1950 after
only 15 production models had been made, plus one Team Car.
It is thus the rarest of all the 'David Brown' Aston Martin
production models." — Bonhams.
1950: Aston Martin DB2.
- 1956-1959: Racing, four DBR1 built.
- In August 2017,
a 1956 DBR1, chassis #DBR1/1, sold for us$$22,550,000
at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction.
1957: Aston Martin DB3.
James Bond 007 drove one of these, from the car pool,
in Ian Fleming's novel Goldfinger;
it morphed into a DB5 in the movie.
Bond was a staunch Bentley
owner in Fleming's books.
- 1958: Aston Martin DB4.
- 2019, December 7:
A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT 'lightweight' 4.2 Sports Saloon,
reg SCM 971, chassis #DB4GT/0169/R, sold for £2,367,000
at Bonhams Bond Street auction in London.
A 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT lightweight,
chassis #DB4GT/0168/L, engine #370/0168/GT
sold for us$3,855,000 at RM Sotheby's Monterey Auction.
1959: DBR1s won at
Le Mans (DBR1/2, Carroll Shelby & Roy Salvadori) &
the RAC Tourist Trophy,
and took the world sportscar championship.
A 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT by Zagato sold for £10,081,500
at Bonhams Goodwoood Festival of Speed auction,
13 July 2018.
A 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT by Zagato,
chassis #DB4GT/0186/R, engine #370/0186/GT, sold for us$14,000,000 at
RM Sotheby's 'Driven by Disruption' auction, New York,
on 10 Dec. 2015.
1963: Aston Martin entered a one-off Grand Touring Competition Prototype,
chassis #DP215, in Le Mans.
The car sold for us$21,455,000 at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction
in August 2018.
- 1963: Aston Martin DB5, new £4,175,
Aston Martin is said to have built 1021 DB5s to 1965.
- 1964: Goldfinger, starring Sean Connery as
James Bond 007,
featured an Aston Martin DB5
with certain "extras" – rotating number plates,
rear bullet-proof screen, instant oil-slick and smoke screen (for pursuers),
machine guns, extendable Boadicea-style tyre slashers, and
a passenger-side ejector seat to get rid of unwanted guests.
The then new Ford Mustang
also featured in the movie.
The DB5 had another outing in the 2012
Bond (Daniel Craig) movie Skyfall.
Note that the "real" James Bond of
Ian Fleming's books
drove the firm's DB3 in the novel but
bought a Bentley for himself.
- A 1965 DB5, a "Bond Car" (the movie Thunderball),
sold for us$6,385,000 at RM Sotheby's Monterey auction,
15-17 Feb. 2019.
A 1964 DB5 sold for €747,500 at RM Sotheby's Paris auction,
1 Feb. 2023
1969: DBS V8.
1974, December: Receivers were appointed;
the company was rescued in 1975 and production resumed
in 1976 [Geo00].
1977: V8 Vantage.
- 1978-1989: Production of the grandiose, wedge-shaped
with the 5.3-litre V8.
- A 1989 Lagonda Series IV Saloon, vin SCFDL01S6KTL13615,
engine #V/858/3615/LFA, sold for us$47,040 at Bonhams Scottsdale auction,
27 Jan. 2023.
1987: Ford bought 75% of Aston Martin
(and eventually took control).
1993: V8 Vantage.
1994: Ford bought 100% of Aston Martin.
1994-1999: The DB7 started production with a
3228cc straight-6 super-charged engine,
also shared with Jaguar,
thanks to common-owner Ford.
1999: DB7 Vantage, squeezed in a 5935cc V12,
6-speed manual or 5-speed auto..
- 2000 October:
The 6.0 litre V12 Aston Martin Vanquish was released.
- Specifications: loa 4665mm, width 1923mm, height 1318mm,
wheelbase 2690mm, weight 1820kg.
- Engine 5935cc, 60° V12, petrol (95RON) 4-valves/cyl, cr 10.5:1,
- power 336kW (450bhp) at 6500rpm, torque 556Nm at 5000rpm,
- gearbox 6-speed manual/ electronic, limited slip diff' and
- suspension independent by double wishbones & coil springs
front & rear, fuel-tank 80L.
- 2001: Aston Martin Vanquish V12, ~$400,000.
2001 Vanquish V12
- 5.9-litre V12, 343kW (450hp), 542Nm,
aluminium and carbon fibre bonded monocoque, weight 1835kg,
tyres 255/40 ZR 19 (front), 285/40 ZR 19 (rear).
- (2007: £182,000, 2,500+ made, end of the Vanquish's run,
and closure of the Newport Pagnell production line.)
DB8, there is no Aston Martin DB8:
When the DB9 was made, Aston Martin "wanted to
illustrate what a massive evolution the car [was]" - AM.
2003 Frankfurt Motor Show: The first outing of the
DB9, the first Aston Martin developed at the new Gaydon factory,
5.9-litre V12, 335kW, 570Nm, 1710kg, trans-axle gearbox-diff'.
2004: DB9 in production.
(And as of 2010, from
£122,445 DB9 Coupe, &
£131,445 DB9 Volante (convertible).)
2005: V8 Vantage production.
James Bond, was back in an Aston Martin – a DBS –
in the movie Casino Royale.
(A classic DB5 got a bit part too,
ditto a Range Rover
used for some very bad parking, and even a Ford Mondeo hire car!)
2007 March: Ford,
having fallen on hard times,
sold most of Aston Martin to a consortium of investors
for £475 million.
- 2007: DBS in production, on sale late 2007,
- loa 4721mm, wheelbase 2740mm, width 1905mm (body), height 1280mm,
weight 1695kg – 1740kg (auto),
- engine 60° V12, 5,935cc, c.r. 10.9:1, petrol, DOHC, 4-valves/cyl.,
380kW (510bhp) @6,500rpm,
570Nm (420lb-ft) @5,750rpm,
- trans-axle gearbox/diff, 6-speed manual or 6-speed ZF automatic,
rear wheel drive,
- 191mph, 0-60mph in 4.2sec,
auto fuel consumption 11.7mpg (urban), 26.8mpg (country), 18.2mpg (combined),
- price: manual £162,500, auto £165,500 .
- James Bond 007
drove another DBS in the movie Quantum of Solace
- 2009 March 5:
A 6-litre, 380kW, V12 Vantage
was shown at the 78th Geneva Motor Show, for sale from the 3rd quarter of 2009
alongside the existing DBS, DB9, and V8 Vantage range.
Based on the V8 Vantage, the V12 has a 6-litre V12 engine,
510bhp (380kW/517PS), 570 Nm (420-lb-ft),
top speed 190mph (305km/h), and
0-62mph (0-100km/h) in 4.2 seconds.
The concept was first shown at Aston Martin design
in Dec 2007.
- And ...
- 2009 March 5: Aston-Martin One-77 prototype (£1.2million)
also at the Geneva Motor Show.
- 2009, September 17-27, Frankfurt Motor Show:
The 4-seat, 4-door, Aston Martin Rapide was shown,
6-litre V12, 19mpg (355 gm CO2/km).
Deliveries to customers, for £140K, from May 2010.
The Rapide was built for Aston Martin by Magna Steyr in Austria
from late 2009,
production moving to Gaydon in mid 2012.
- 2011 March, Geneva:
Aston Martin revived the Virage name with a DB9-based 2+2,
6-litre V12, £150K.
- 2012 September 18:
Aston Martin announced a make-over of the DB9, from £132K, and
the Virage was dropped.
- 2016 September 28:
"Aston Martin has commenced production of the highly anticipated DB11
for UK customers ... With the first DB11 coming off the Gaydon
production line today ..." — Aston Martin.
A version of the DB11 with a
Mercedes 4-litre twin-turbo V8,
8-speed automatic geabox, from £145K,
was launched, with deliveries from November 2017.
- 2019 July 13:
Aston Martin gave a prototype of the rear-engined Valkyie
a gentle run at Silverstone over the British Grand-Prix weekend.
The car has a (non-turbo) 6.5-litre 65° V12 developed by Cosworth,
1000bhp@10,500rpm, 740Nm@7000rpm, plus a 160bhp, 280Nm hybrid system.
"The 150 road-going Aston Martin Valkyries are sold out
with first deliveries commencing in Q4 2019." — Aston Martin.
The car will also be raced in the Hypercar class of
the 2020/2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
(That was all thrown into confusion by
- 2019 November 20:
Aston Martin launched its first SUV the DBX,
3,982cc twin turbo V8, 405kW @ 6,500rpm, 9-speed auto, AWD,
from £158K deliveries in 2020.
The DBX is built at St Athan, Wales.
- 2020 July 10:
The first DBX left the production line.
2020 January 31:
It was announced that
investors would provide £500m more to Aston Martin, including
a consortium lead by Lawrence Stroll which would put in £182m.
Stroll's plans included morphing the Racing Point F1 team
into Aston Martin F1 – see 2021.
(Stroll's son Lance drove for Racing Point.)
2020 October 27:
An agreement between Aston-Martin and
gave AM access to MB's electric power technology;
MB's share in AM to increase to 20%.
2021: The name
Aston Martin returned to Formula One (F1) racing as a constructor:
Aston Martin F1.