Heritage: Overview

The story of Aston Martin's rise from a two-man operation working from a small London workshop to a globally respected marque has been long, colourful and often dramatic.

A rich and prestigious heritage defines Aston Martin as something truly unique within automotive history.

Learn about the history of one of the world's most iconic brands, exploring the milestones, the people, and the cars which have helped shape a century of Power, Beauty and Soul.

History Gallery

Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin as 'Bamford & Martin Ltd', the company has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name ‘Aston Martin’ following one of Lionel Martin's successful runs at the Aston Hill Climb in Buckinghamshire, England. Within a year the first Aston Martin had been built and registered with the name, and an icon of the automotive world was born.

Past Models

Celebrate a remarkable heritage, exploring a century of automotive excellence. From the very first Aston Martin - the inimitable "Coal Scuttle" - through the iconic David Brown "DB" era and a peerless collection of beautiful cars, right up to modern day and the spectacular One-77 supercar, the most exclusive Aston Martin of the new era.

Rocket Fuel


Evolution of an icon


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The Aston Martin Magazine

The Aston Martin Magazine is now available to buy in both print subscription and iPad app format, the editorial mix includes exclusive interviews, travel, craftsmanship, style, gastronomy, art and design and, of course, the world’s most beautiful sports cars.

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Below you can see an exclusive article from the magazine focusing on the V8 Vantage Volante Prince of Wales.

Special thanks to Aston Martin Heritage specialist Nicholas Mee & Company for the loan of the V8 Vantage Volante PoW edition for our shoot www.nicholasmee.co.uk

'Command Performance'

The V8 Vantage Volante Prince of Wales remains one of the most striking of all Aston Martins and was the unwitting precursor to the “Q by Aston Martin” programme, as David Burgess-Wise reveals.

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