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Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury performance cars which was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The first car to come off the assembly line with the name Aston Martin was a four cylinder coventry-Simplex engine that was attached to a the chassis of a 1908 Isota-Fraschini. At this time in March of 1915 they were producing cars at the Henniker Place in Kensington. However, with World War I the production of cars was not important, thus Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford joined the Royal Service Corps. All their car production machinery was sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.
After the end of War World I the company was re-founded at Abingdon Road in Kensington. They designed a new car to carry the name of Aston-Martin. Bamford left the company in 1920 and then the company used funds from Count Louis Aborowski to revitalise. Even though the Bamford was no longer with the company they still produced cars for competition in the French Grand Prix which set world speed records and endurance records at Brooklands.
In 1924, the company went bankrupt and was purchased by Lady Charnwood. The company once again failed in 1925 and closed its doors in 1926.
After the company closed its doors, a few rich investors including Lady Charnwood gained control of the company and renamed it Aston Martin Motors. Finally, in 1936, the company decided to focus on road cars instead of racing cars. World War II however, put a halt to car manufacturing and the company created aircraft components.
In 1947, the company was purchased by David Brown Limited along with Lagonda during the same year. Ford eventually purchased Aston Martin however, Ford assigned UBS AG to sell Aston Martin at auction. By the end of August 2006, Ford stated it would be willing to sell all or part of Asto Martin. On 12 March 2007 a consortium led by Prodrive chairman David Richards purchased Aston Martin for £475m/USD$848m. However, Ford will keep a stake in the company.
Some of the famous Aston Martin cars you may have seen in movies include the DB5 in Goldfinger, Thunderball, GoldenEye, and Tomorrow Never Dies. In On her Majesty’s Secret Service you may have seen the metallic green DBS and in Lotus you might have noticed a charcoal grey V8 Volante. The Vantage appeared in such films as the The Living Daylights in 1987, the Vanquish was in Die Another Day in 2002, and the classic DB5 was in Casino Royale in 2006.
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