Aston Martin is a British automobile brand founded in 1913 as Bamford & Martin LTD. The company were involved with racing and changed the name to Aston Martin in 1915. Aston Martin had to close down in 1925 due to financial hardship, but a group of investors reopened the brand in 1926 under the name Aston Martin Motors LTD (Aston Martin).
The racing continued and in 1947 David Brown LTD acquired Aston Martin, business expanded and the renowned DB range was introduced. The DB5 was introduced in 1963 and became the James Bond car in the third Bond movie "Goldfinger" in 1964. Aston Martin went through another rough financial period but a new group of investors; Peter Sprague, George Minden and Alan Curtis, took over the helm. The Lagonda, a 4-door sedan, was introduced in 1976.
Ownership was again transferred several times in the 1970's and 1980's until Ford bought Aston Martin in 1985 and placed the brand together with two other British makes; Jaguar and Land Rover, in it's Premier Automotive Group. Ford invested in new manufacturing and increased production, but sold Aston Martin in 2007. The DB range was resurrected with the introduction of the DB9 in 1993 and also a reintroduction into James Bond movies.
The Aston Martin Vanquish, with it's 5.9 liter V12 engine, was introduced in 2001. A new headquarter opened in 2003 in Gaydon, England. The Aston Martin DBS was introduced in 2006.
A new investment consortium bought Aston Martin in 2007. Aston Martin Rapide, a 4-door hatchback, with the 5.9 liter V12 engine, was launched the same year, Aston Martin Rapid is the brands first 4-door since the Lagonda in 1989.
One-77 concept partly shown in 2008, fully shown in 2009, had a production run of 77 vehicles that ended in 2012. The car has a carbon fiber chassis, an aluminum body and a 7.3 liter V12 engine.
A cooperation between Aston Martin and the AMG division of Mercedes Benz was set up in 2013 to supply Aston Martin with engines and other components.