Beautiful Origins – Aston Martin
Ever since the first Aston Martin was crafted more than one hundred years ago, the marque has had a talent for creating beautiful. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop, Aston Martin has since grown to become an internationally admired luxury brand.
Both men had a passion and a talent for machines, propulsion, engines and racing. They had a shared love for the car because it provided them the most exhilarating and memorable experiences. Moments of beauty. Moments that they craved to create, repeat, celebrate and share. That passion drove them to hand build cars that were ever faster, more powerful, thrilling, comfortable – more beautiful – than the previous.
Little wonder then that they named Aston Martin after one singular motoring event in Buckinghamshire, England. A moment of pure driving emotion, when Lionel Martin took on the Aston Clinton Hill Climb race in their latest creation, and won.
Since the earliest days, Aston Martin has always believed that racing helped to improve their cars. From the historic debut in the 1922 French Grand Prix, to the 24 Hours of LeMans winning DBR1 in 1959, and the Monza success of the expressive DB4GT, some of Aston Martin’s most loved cars have performed at the highest levels of competitive racing.
This is true as much today in their second century as in their first. From stunning victory in 2017 for the V8 Vantage GTE in the 24 Hours of LeMans GTE Pro Class, to the technically advanced Valkyrie hypercar, the brand has continued to craft innovative cars with the beauty of competitive racing at their heart.
From humble origins to today, on road and track the irresistible draw of an Aston Martin endures. People all over the world seek the beautifully designed cars; cars that have always been synonymous with high performance, bespoke craftsmanship, technological innovation and timeless style.
Discover the lasting legacy of Aston Martin.