The story of Aston Martin’s rise from a two-man operation working from a small London workshop to a globally respected marque has been long, colourful and often dramatic. Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as ‘Bamford & Martin Ltd’, the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin’s successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born. From the very first Aston Martin – the inimitable “Coal Scuttle” – through the iconic David Brown “DB” era and a peerless collection of beautiful cars, right up to modern day and the spectacular One-77 supercar, the most exclusive Aston Martin of the new era. A rich and prestigious heritage defines Aston Martin as something truly unique within automotive history.