Who’s Aston Martin, and when did it start making cars?
Aston Martin is a British luxury and sports car manufacturer, who seemingly exists only to supply gorgeous cars to Q Division of MI6… which never do seem to make it back in one piece. But, unlike dear James, Aston is a real manufacturer that makes really desirable cars, not hit-and-miss movies with cheesy one-liners. Looking at you, A View to a Kill.
Aston Martin has a fair few years under its belt, getting its start way back in 1913 when Messrs Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford plumbed an English racing engine – a Coventry-Simplex, in case you were curious – into an Isotta-Fraschini race car, which had been designed by none other than Ettore Bugatti. An auspicious start, you might think. Well, 1914 kind of had other plans, as Wikipedia will helpfully explain, and it ended up being 1919 before a production Aston Martin ever left the factory.
So where does Aston fit into the equation, you ask? Simple: Lionel Martin used to race cars up Aston Hill in Buckinghamshire. Now you know.