Amongst car enthusiasts, the Aston Martin is one of the most desirable cars. It is considered a work of art and is admired as much for its brilliant engineering as it is for its aesthetic beauty. In terms of British car manufacturers, Aston Martin is at the top-end of the industry and they are renowned for their use of cutting-edge technology combined with traditional craftsmanship. Their elegant vehicles are often the choice of English gentleman who opt for this car as it is sophisticated and stylish. As it is a luxury car, it shows their power and status while providing them with a comfortable and smooth ride. Aston Martins have the power and speed of a sports car but retain elegance and style. Here are 20 facts you might not know about Aston Martin.
1. It was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin
Aston Martin has a long and interesting history. The company was initially founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913. They originally called themselves Bamford & Martin and sold cars made by Singer. They were selling these vehicles from Callow Street in London. The pair then decided to start producing their own cars. They didn’t produce their own car, which they called an Aston Martin, until March 1915. Their first model was given the name ‘Coal Scuttle’, but they decided this wasn’t a particularly catchy name. Instead, the model was given the name ‘A5’. Robert Bamford was the engineer out of the pair, so it may seem strange that his name was dropped from the name of their car. Other car manufacturers, such as Rolls-Royce, are named after both their founders. However, this is not the case for Aston Martin.While the Martin part of the name clearly comes from racing driver Lionel Martin, the Aston part is named after Aston Clinton Hill Climb. This was a time trial event in the United Kingdom in which Lionel Martin would race cars and was particularly successful.