Internet, prepare yourself for 2013. This year car fans will be donning party hats, blowing kazoos and eating cake like it’s going out of fashion. Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911, Lamborghini hit its half century, and today sees Aston Martin celebrate its 100th.
On January 15 1913, a man named Lionel Martin and another man named Robert Bamford founded a company: Bamford & Martin Ltd. It was later renamed Aston Martin in recognition of Lionel’s successful runs at Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire. They called it ‘Aston Martin’ - you may’ve heard of them.
The first Aston Martin was a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini chassis with a four-cylinder engine made by people who made forklift trucks. Things have changed quite a bit since then: today’s range-topper is the £1.2 million One-77.
Here at Top Gear we’ve driven all of the great modern Astons - including, exclusively, the One-77. Have a click through to relive some of the highlights…