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Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two had joined forces as Bamford & Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London where they also serviced GWK and Calthorpe vehicles. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the pair decided to make their own vehicles. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.

They acquired premises at Henniker Place in Kensington and produced their first car in March 1915. Production could not start because of the outbreak of World War I, and Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford the Royal Army Service Corps. All machinery was sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.
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The Aston Martin is a car manufacturer well known for producing luxury sports cars well loved by fictional cars from James Bond to Edward Cullen from the Twilight books. It may be a surprise though to find out that instead of originating in Italy or Germany, the Aston Martin is a British sports car.

The Aston Martin name is derived from one of the founders and from the speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in England. The company was founded in 1913 when Martin decided to build his own race car vehicles. The first car produced was in 1915, but the company disbanded during World War I and refounded after the war. In 1922 cars were produced to compete in the French Grand Prix setting world speed and endurance records. The company went bankrupt though in 1924, then purchased by Lady Charnwood and went bankrupt again in 1926 with Lionel Martin a founder finally leaving. Later that year a number of investors took control of the company and renamed it Aston Martin Motors.

In 1947 David Brown Limited bought the company and produced the classic series of cars with the initials DB. The DB4 established the company's reputation for good racing cars. The company was often in financial troubles and changed hands many times after this. In 1977 the V8 Vantage was produced and the convertible Volante in 1978. The company changed hands again quite a few times due to bad sales during the 1980s. In 1986 Gauntlett, executive chairman, managed to negotiate a return of James Bond to driving Aston Martin cars. In 1987 Ford took a share holding and with the revived economy, the car manufacturer launched the Virage range the first new Aston car in 20 years.

In 1991 full control of the control was handed over to Ford and the DB range of cars was renewed with the DB7. Before Ford the cars had been produced by hand coach building craft methods but now with new manufacturing cars were being produced quickly and the DB7 exceed production of all previous DB models. The DB7 range also included the V12 Vantage and Vanquish models. In 2003 the car company announced a return to motor racing with the Aston Motor Racing division. In March 2007 Aston Martin was sold though Ford keeps a stake in the company.

Aston Martin boosted their worldwide appeal by opening more dealers in Europe as well as China for the first time.

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The Colorful History of Aston Martin Cars
By Christine M. Breen
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Between 1926 and 1937 Augustus Bertelli was the technical director and designer of all cars during this period. These cars are known as the Bertelli cars. Bertelli was a very competent driver and loved to race his cars. These cars were very successful in international motor racing. In 1936 the company decided to focus on road cars but production was halted with Word War II. During the war the factory produced aircraft components.
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