Aston Martin

This British manufacturer of hand-crafted, high-performance sports cars was founded in 1914. It was company-founder Lionel Martin's own successful performance at the Aston Hill Climb that was to give the cars that he went on to produce their famous name: Aston Martin. The company focused on racing during the 1920s and 1930s. In 1947, Aston Martin was acquired by David Brown Limited, which launched the long line of 'DB' high-performance sports cars for which the company is best known. The series began with a few examples of the Two Litre Sports/DB1 in 1948 and the DB2 in 1950. Racing versions of the Aston Martin sports cars achieved great racing success during the 1950s, culminating in winning both the 24 Hours of Le Mans road race and the overall World Sportscar Championship in 1959. In the 1960s, Aston Martin concentrated on road car production, creating perhaps its most famous car, the DB5, in 1963. This sports car began Aston Martin's long relationship with secret agent James Bond. The DB5 appeared in the film 'Goldfinger' in 1964, gaining the company and its cars many new admirers. The DB line of sports cars continues to this day. Aston Martin returned to motor racing in 2005 with a racing version, the DBR9, that went on to conquer Le Mans in the GT1 class. In 2009, the company also fielded three LMP1 race cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Aston Martin's 1959 victory.

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