The name’s Martin, Aston Martin
Ten years and 60 cars after our first, we sell to new owners. Now driving under a name that might one day make our fame. Aston Martin.
Back to track
New moniker, same focus, with the foot down on full throttle. We reaffirm our commitment to build high-quality sports cars and engrave our legacy on the track. The next bloodline of racing breed ‘team cars’ debuts with the LM1 in 1928.
The highlight of the 3rd Series cars came in 1934 with the Ulster. Designed from the shape of a Works racing car, with a modified engine to produce 85bhp. Unholstering a top speed that tops 100mph.
The heart of an Aston
After purchasing Aston Martin in February. In September, David Brown buys another local car company, Lagonda, and with it a new six-cylinder engine. This becomes the beating heart of the DB2 model in 1949. A racing prototype ready to fly.
The finest winning margins
1953 bears a successful racing season. The beautiful DB3S model wins all but one of its races, paving the way to develop more powerful and faster cars like the DBR1. Coming first soon becomes second nature.
Style set in stone. The road cars in the 1950s will define all future Aston Martin road cars. Seething with beautiful styling, powerful engines and luxurious interiors. The love-at-first-sight DB2 is developed into the DB2/4 models. Carved with their groundbreaking hatchback coupe bodies or alternative convertible and fixed head coupe alternatives.
Bonjour to victory
Voila. In 1959 the DBR1 takes the top two places in the famous Le Mans 24hours, just weeks after the debut of the DBR4 single seat car in Formula One. Aston Martin are back on track.
The beginning of an icon
The DB4 GT forms the basis of a British icon. Cut with lightweight body panels, a shorter chassis and a more powerful engine. The concept is developed even further to add in ultralight weight coachwork. Becoming the elusive DB4 GT Zagato.
Matching the US muscle
In the US, they are tearing up the sports car rule book with faster and more luxuriously equipped muscle cars. We develop our own luxury coupe, the new DBS. Cut with an ultra-modern look and a bodyshell which will hold a crushingly powerful new 5.3 litre V8 engine by 1970. Designed in house, made to be adored everywhere.
The future King Charles III becomes the proud owner of a Seychelles blue DB6 Volante, commencing a lifelong passion for Aston Martin. The car has since been converted to run on by-products of the wine and cheese industries.
Fuelling the future
After a successful period, David Brown leaves. A new era rings in big changes, starting with a facelift for the DBS models and a fuel injection system.
Roaring into the 80s, we unveil the Vantage Zagato, another joint project with the Milan coachbuilder. This V8 powered Vantage Zagato inherits a shortened chassis and a more powerful engine. 50 of these cars are built, followed by 37 Volante versions. A delicacy only experienced by few.
Enter the mighty V12
As the end of the 90s draws near, the now legendary V12 engine, in its original 420bhp form pushed the DB7 even further.
We unveil a new car in 2001, the V12 Vanquish. Using aluminium and carbon fibre along with traditional craftsmanship to construct its body and chassis. The first in a new evolution of cars that will set hearts racing and Aston Martin on a path to success.
Made in Gaydon
After 50 years, we change gear and move to our global headquarters in Gaydon. Our first purpose-built facility. A cutting edge, needle-eyed precise, state-of-the-art manufacturing centre.
Our best seller is born
Drawing its design pedigree from the 2003 AMV8 concept. The new V8 Vantage is an instant success with the media and the public. It will go on to become our best seller.
The limited edition One77 enters production. A hyper car blurring heart-purring design and technology. It’s a real showcase and will pave the way for more hyper cars in the future.
Vanquish and conquer
The new Vanquish floats across tarmac. It features exterior panels cut from carbon fibre and a beautifully trimmed interior. We then upgrade it to the S version, beating with even more power.
Born with a racing soul. And body.
The Vulcan followed. An extreme track only car, with a body and chassis forged from carbon fibre. This beast of a car will pave the way for more heart-stopping models that will follow in the next decade.
Moulded for the racetrack
The Vantage GT8 is born. Blessed with an aerodynamic body, carved from carbon fibre. A super-sharp chassis tuned for track-slicing agility and a retuned 4.7-litre V8. A spine-tingling driving experience.
The undisputed grand tourer
The DB11. Born from over a decade of automotive heritage. The iconic grille, amplified. The clamshell hood, a masterstroke of artistry. With V8 and V12 twin-turbo engines, delivering 503bhp and 630bhp.
The best in bespoke luxury
The fifth car from a five-decade partnership. The Vanquish Zagato blends slick design with crushing power. For a knuckle-whitening result of 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds. Born out of racing but dreamed in elegance.
Welcome to Wales
Behold the opening of the gates of St Athan. A new purpose-built facility in South Wales. This site will be the home of the all new, all conquering, DBX ultra luxury performance SUV.
DBS meets Zagato
A roaring entrance into the 20s. The decade disappeared with a special DBS to celebrate the Centenary of Zagato. DBS GT Zagato. A bespoke model rattling with 760bhp.
The then Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, officially opens Aston Martin’s St Athan facility which produces the first Welsh built production car for more than 50 years.
Never leave quietly
Like all great thrillers, the closing scene is always the most dramatic. The V12 Vantage, not a limited edition, a final edition. The parting shot of an engineering hero, unique in its potency.