Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars and grand tourers. It was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.
The firm became associated with luxury grand touring cars in the 1950s and 1960s, and with the fictional character James Bond following his use of a DB5 model in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
The company has had a chequered financial history, including bankruptcy in the 1970s, but has also enjoyed long periods of success and stability, including under the ownership of David Brown, from 1947 to 1972 and of the Ford Motor Company from 1994 to 2007.
In March 2007, a consortium of investors, led by David Richards, purchased 92% of Aston Martin for £479 million, with Ford retaining a £40 million stake. David Richards became chairman of Aston Martin. In December 2012, the Italian private equity fund Investindustrial signed a deal to buy 37.5% of Aston Martin, investing £150 million as a capital increase.
Nurburg, 21 May 2012 – The new-for-2012 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 celebrated its first competitive win this weekend (18-20 May), when Beechdean Motorsport snatched the landmark victory at the Nurburgring in the second round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
Nürburg, 18 May 2012 – Aston Martin’s pair of V12 Vantage GT3s will line up alongside one another on the grid for tomorrow’s ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hour race having qualified in 16th and 17th positions. Among a grid of close to 170 cars, Aston Martin drivers Johannes Stuck (A) and Tomas Enge (CZ) were […]
Nürburg, 17 May 2012 – Ahead of its most ambitious ADAC Zurich Nürburgring24 Hours campaign to date, Aston Martin has enjoyed an encouraging day of testing and preliminary qualifying with all four of its official entries showing promising pace around the 25km circuit.
15 May 2012, Gaydon, Warwickshire: Aston Martin is officially opening a new Technical Training Academy at its global headquarters in Gaydon, Warwickshire. Occupying more than 1,400 sq metres, the purpose-developed facility provides technical working areas and classrooms equipped with the luxury sports car manufacturer’s latest models, components and tooling for hands-on training.
Laguna Seca, 12 May 2012 – Having started from pole position, Aston Martin Racing led the fiercely competitive GT category at Laguna Seca, California, until the first refuelling stops. Competing on the third round of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the team’s #007 Vantage GTE had been on course for its best finish to […]
Gaydon, 11 May 2012 – For the seventh successive year, Aston Martin will compete in the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours (19/20 May) as a total of eight Vantage racers gear up for the endurance epic. The marque will field its most ambitious entry to date with four official Aston Martins – including a pair […]
Spa-Francorchamps, 5 May 2012 – Having led its class in the early stages of the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, Aston Martin Racing was forced to retire its Vantage GTE due to gearbox issues. The V8-powered racer proved its winning potential during the opening laps of the second FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) round by leading […]
New showroom opens Aston Martin Works, renowned worldwide as the official service and restoration division of Aston Martin, has opened a state-of-the-art dealership at the company’s historic home – Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.
Gaydon, 27 April 2012 – Aston Martin Racing will continue its FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) campaign at the second round of the series, the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium on 5 May. The V8-powered Vantage GTE, making its first competitive outing in Europe, will once again be driven by factory regulars Darren Turner […]
ASTON MARTIN BRINGS POWER, BEAUTY AND SOUL TO BEIJING Luxury British sports car brand stars at Beijing World debut of Dragon 88 Limited Edition models Market introduction of ‘Q by Aston Martin’, plus glimpse of One-77 supercar 23 April 2012, Beijing: Luxury British sports car maker Aston Martin is today unveiling three hand crafted ‘Year […]
Long Beach, 15 April 2012 – The ongoing development of Aston Martin Racing’s new V8-powered Vantage GTE took another significant step forward at Long Beach, California, over the weekend as the team scored a fine fifth in class at the second round of the 2012 American Le Mans Series (ALMS). A faultless and competitive performance […]
Gaydon, 4 April 2012 – Following the success in its inaugural year, Aston Martin Racing’s pioneering Global Challenge has returned for the 2012 motorsport season. The Challenge enables all of Aston Martin Racing’s customer teams and drivers across the globe – contesting a great variety of motorsport series – to compete against one another in […]
Gaydon, 2 April 2012 – Over the course of last weekend, Aston Martin Racing’s partner teams represented the marque across five separate motor racing series, racking up no fewer than four podium results. Three variations of the Vantage racing car scored two class victories over one weekend of fiercely competitive motorsport action.
21 March 2012, Gaydon: Aston Martin W-One is the brand’s new central London showcase, a high profile destination for aficionados of both design and bespoke sports cars. The new space has been designed to convey ambience similar to that of a luxury boutique. W-One will also host evening activities, events and salons, extending Aston Martin’s […]
Aston Martin Vantage GTE Scores Podium on Debut at FIA World Endurance Championship Opener at Sebring
Sebring, 17 March 2012 – On its debut competitive outing, Aston Martin’s Vantage GTE scored its first class podium in the new FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at the 60th anniversary running of the 12 Hours of Sebring. Covering 292 laps and over 1000 miles of the punishing 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway, the Aston Martin […]
Gaydon, 12 March 2012 – The 60th anniversary edition of the 12 Hours of Sebring (17 March) will provide an appropriately illustrious backdrop for both the competitive debut of the Aston Martin Vantage GTE and the first ever round of the new-for-2012 FIA World Endurance Championship. Florida’s Sebring International Raceway will host the 12-hour epic, […]
2 March 2012, Gaydon: 2012 marks the fifth anniversary of an independently owned Aston Martin, one of the world’s most acclaimed manufacturers of luxury sports cars. Fittingly, 2012 will also be the year that the new V12 Zagato makes its debut as a production car demonstrating that now, more than ever before, Aston Martin is […]
Gaydon, 2 March 2012 – With the latest Aston Martin Vantage road car set to debut at next week’s Geneva Motor Show, a revised version of its closest circuit-racing sibling made a debut appearance of its own at Silverstone on Friday (2 March). The 2012 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 features an all-new aerodynamic package plus […]
£20,900 achieved for registration 512 M H&H, one of Europe’s largest specialist auctioneers of classic and collectors cars, motorcycles and automobilia, achieved a run of ever higher prices for Aston Martin DB6s last year. Last week (February 16), it raised the bar still higher, to what is thought to be an auction world record for […]
Improvements to V8 Vantage further enhance dynamics, style and value Seven-speed Sportshift™ II transmission replaces six-speed Sportshift™ unit Chassis and braking upgrades deliver greater feel, response and control Motorsport-derived aerodynamic package sharpens V8 Vantage’s award-winning looks V12 Zagato enters production to become flagship of Vantage range Vantage range RRP* starts from £84,995 / €108,500 (Germany) […]
Production V12 Zagato set for European debut at Geneva Salon International 2012 Created using materials, processes and technology pioneered on the One-77 Body panels blend hand-formed aluminium with high-tech carbon fibre Production to commence Q3 2012, first deliveries Q4 2012 Strictly limited to a maximum of 150 cars On sale now priced at £330,000 (plus […]
Highly regarded Aston Martin specialists open UK’s first ‘high street’ Heritage Showroom in West London. Outstanding new premises will showcase fantastic examples of classic and pre-owned new era Aston Martins Official opening celebrated on February 1st, 2011 with exclusive party attended by Dr. Ulrich Bez, CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd London, 2nd February, 2012: […]
Daytona Beach, 27 January 2012 – The Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Grand-Am regulars Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster showed encouraging potential by leading the early phase of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) series opener at the Daytona International Speedway.
27 January 2012, Gaydon: Aston Martin will debut the first production V12 Zagato at the Kuwait Concours d’ Elegance on 15-18 February. The Kuwait Concours d’Elegance, in its third successive year, is the only event of its type in the Middle East and plays host to some of the world’s finest automotive art from over […]