The automobile manufacturer Aston Martin began with the efforts of Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford who founded the Bamford and Martin Limited Company in 1913 and saw their vision grow into one of the world’s favorite classic car models.
Barry Weir knows the amazing power and reliability of these cars because he was the first to drive one around the world in 80 days. The passion Barry Weir has for these cars has made him very interested in their history, dating all the way back to Bamford and Martin, and now Barry Weir wants to share some of the car company’s biggest milestones in its history.
In 1920, shortly after Bamford and Martin Limited Company was established, Bamford left the company for reasons that are still unknown to this day. Martin acquired sole possession of the company and was doing pretty well at first, even participating in the 1922 French Grand Prix and breaking records for endurance and speed. But Martin’s success didn’t last long and he was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1924.
That same year the company was purchased by Lady Charnwood, Bill Renwick, and Augustus Bertelli. They renamed the brand Aston Martin Motors but their start was rocky as the factory closed in 1925.
But Renwick and Bertelli did not give up. They were determined to build up the brand’s reputation. The 1930s were a rough decade financially for Aston Martin, and soon the company was taken over by L. Pideaux Brune, who then passed it on to Arthur Sutherland. Sutherland was the one who decided the company should start mass producing Aston Martin cars.
But due to World War II, the company had to halt production and once again fell under financial hardship. David Brown took over the company in 1947 and helped get the company back on its feet by introducing numerous cars to Aston Martin’s line of vehicles. Aston Martin announced its DB series in 1950, and by 1958, the famous DB Mark II, DB2/4 Mark II, and the DB2/4 cars were released.
The 50s models helped Aston Martin establish a strong brand and reputation in Britain. In 1963, the DB5 made waves through the automobile community and the DBS and DB6 soon followed.
However, Aston Martin’s success in the 50s and 60s didn’t protect it from more financial difficulties in the 1970s. In 1972, David Brown sold the company to Company Developments, who then sold it to another company three years later after falling into debt.
But the company’s new owners led a successful turnaround that created 360 new jobs and put Aston Martin on the fast-track to success. In 1977, the company underwent new ownership once again, and the new leadership modernized the vehicle line by introducing the convertible Volante and the V8 Vantage.
At the end of the 1980s, Pace Petroleum and Victor Gauntlett purchased Aston Martin and Ford acquired 75 percent of the company’s shares. By 1993, Ford had taken complete control of the company and Aston Martin entered its most successful era.
During this time, Aston Martin has released some of its most popular models, including the DB7 Volante, the V8 Vantage Le Mans, DB7 Vantage, V12 Vantage, limited edition DB7 Zagato, DB9, V12 Vanquish S, and DB9 Volante. In 2005, Aston Martin even returned to racing.