Here are 10 unknown facts that you should know about Aston Martin.
The greatest fictional spy, 007 a.k.a James Bond, has his own set of brand preferences when it comes to selecting mission assets. In his list of high-tech essentials, Aston Martin has been his primary choice of a luxury sports car for most of the time. While the spy and his endeavors are completely fictious, the car brand isn’t.
Aston Martin, a privately held automobile company, was founded by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin in 1913, more than a hundred years ago. Since then, Aston Martin has been one of the popular names for luxury transport on land. However, the car brand became popular primarily because of the introduction of its DB5 Model in the James Bond film – Goldfinger.
Unlike most other luxury car brands that have been known to manufacture cars other than their usual genre, Aston Martin has never made a car that doesn’t fit both the luxury and sports categories. Such is the perfection in lineage maintained by the company.
Did you know that the founders of Aston Martin left the company within 10 years of its establishment? To your awe, we have shortlisted 10 similarly interesting and unknown facts about the luxury automobile company.
1. Lionel Martin raced in Aston Valley and hence the name
Before Lionel Martin, the co-founder of the company, started making cars himself, he used to participate in mountain rallies organized at Aston Hill. Hence, when he established the automobile company with Robert Bamford, he eventually named the company Aston Martin.
2. The current logo is the 9th modification of the original
It is true that nothing stays static forever and this rule has been strictly followed by the owners of Aston Martin. As the ownership of company passed from one hand to another, the logo faced modifications, sometimes so heavy that it merely had any resemblance to its predecessor.
3. Wings of Aston Martin
Most car logos draw inspiration from something or the other. Aston Martin is no exception. The car logo has been known to based on, okay here’s the revealation, an Egyptian scarab (beetle) with its wings spread on both sides. This is why the logo is often called the “Wings of Aston Martin”.
4. Most Aston Martin cars have a pet name
Since the time of Lionel Martin, the owners of this brand have a pet name for their cars to convey the love they have for their piece of luxury, aristocracy and perfection. Even now, this trend is followed by most owners.
5. The DB series are one of the most successful models of the company
As we have said before, the company had various owners in its lineage of 103 years but one of the most successful era was under the ownership of David Brown who took over the company post-war. He started producing the new models initialized with his name as branding. The cars became a hit and the DB models became a “must-have” of every luxury car lover.
6. Lagonda is the primary subsidiary of Aston Martin
Following the purchase of Aston Martin in 1947, David Brown bought Langonda, an automobile company, and made it Aston’s subsidiary. The company today is known as Aston Martin Lagonda Limited and thus, Lagonda shares a logo similar to the concept of its parent company. While Lagonda was dormant for most of the time from the shedding years of the 20th century to the early years of 21st, it was revived in 2014 followed by releasing the first model under its name, the Lagonda Taraf.
7. Daniel Craig has a lifetime premium access to Aston Martin cars
The best thing about being James Bond in reel-life is that not only do you get to ride an Aston Martin during filming but you also get a lifetime premium access to any car of the company in real life. Yes! No matter how much fictious it may sound but Daniel Craig has been presented with a premium access which means that he can take away any Aston Martin model from the company’s showroom or factory, lifelong.
8. Aston Martin even has its name in the Guiness Book of World Records
Being great is a phenomenon that cannot be outclassed by others but the entity itself. Aston Martin did a similar job in outclassing its own fame by performing the most number of canon rolls ever made by a car which enlisted it’s name in the Guiness Book of World Records. The Aston Martin DBS made 7 canon rolls in the film.
9. It takes a lot more than 2500 man-hours to build an Aston Martin One-77
Imagine why a car priced at a whooping tag of $1.9 million? Well the amount is justified to the man-hours required to produce every One-77. Sources reveal that the production of every One-77 takes about 2700 man-hours. This led the company to produce only 77 units under this model and thus the name.
10. Ford produces the engines for the new models of the company
Although Ford doesn’t primarily own the company like before, it still has some shares in it. This is utilized in producing the engines for the various models. The Aston Martin V12 Vantage and Vanquish are equipped with the Ford V12 engine.
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