Aston Martin is a British car manufacturer that is associated with both luxury and speed. They are also known for their beautiful design and many people consider the cars produced by this company as true works of art. Their cars have become a British icon even though it is a global automobile brand. This company has a long history of producing cars for both motorsports and for consumers who want a car that shows their power, status, and wealth. Although this is a car brand that is well-known across the globe, there are many things that people do not know about this company. Here are 20 interesting facts that you probably didn’t know about Aston Martin.
The Company Was Founded in 1913
Aston Martin has one of the longest histories in the British car industry as the company was founded in 1913. The founders of the company were Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The pair originally joined forces to make cars for Singer. They were based on Callow Street in London and went by the name ‘Bamford & Martin’. They then decided they would prefer to produce their own cars and bought premises at Henniker Mews in Kensington. They called their business ‘Aston Martin’. The Martin part of the name comes from one of the founders while the Aston part comes from a place. Aston Hill is a place where motorsports events took place and Lionel Martin was a keen racing driver. When they began producing cars, he would test drive them at Aston Hill. They produced their first vehicle in 1915. Unfortunately, the war prevented them from beginning production.
Their Second car was produced in 1919
Bamford and Martin had a long wait before they could produce their second car. They had to wait until World War I was over and then find new premises at Abingdon Road, Kensington, in the former Henniker stables. It was there that they designed their second car and production of this Aston Martin began in January 1920. Once they had produced this car, Robert Bamford decided to retire from the company.