Aston Martin DB6 MK1 - 1966
1913 - Bamford and Martin Limited founded in London, England by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.
Bamford and Martin were both dedicated to building sports cars that were distinctive and built to the highest standards.
1914 - The Aston Martin name is born after successes at the the Aston Hill Climb.
1915 - The first Aston Martin is registered.
1921 - The first competition car from the Aston Martin works is produced.
1922 - Aston Martin makes its first European appearance at the French Grand Prix.
1926 - Aston Martin Motors Limited is formed and located in Feltham, England.
1928 - Aston Martin makes its first appearance in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
1937 - The company produces 140 cars - the largest annual production until after World War II.
1939 - Aston Martin builds a prototype, known as the Atom, using an early form of space frame chassis and independent suspension.
1947 - David Brown buys Aston Martin and Lagonda.
1948 - The Aston Martin Spa Special wins the Spa 24-hour race. The Aston Martin 2-Liter goes into production.
1949 - Two DB2 prototypes enter the Le Mans. One of the cars finishes 2nd in its class.
1950 - Two DB2 coupes finished 5th and 6th at Le Mans.
1951 - DB2 cars finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the 3-liter class at Le Mans.
1953 - The DB2/4 goes into production - Aston Martin?s first 2+2 seater.
1954 - David Brown acquired Tickford, Ltd, a custom body maker, and moves production to Newport Pagnell. The first Aston Martin body made at Tickford was the 1956 DB2/4 Mark II.
1955 - The DB2/4 Mark II goes into production.
1956-1959 - The company builds 4 DBR1 competition cars.
1957 - The DB Mark III goes into production.
1958 - The Aston Martin DB4 was introduced. The car was styled by Touring of Milan, Italy, based on the "Superleggera" (Italian for super light) method of construction.
1959 - At the London Motor Show, Aston Martin debuted the DB4GT Grand Touring (Grand Tourismo) version of the DB4. By the time production ended in 1963, the company had built only 97 of the DB4GT chassis?. Seventy-eight of those had the Touring of Milan Superleggera bodies. The GT?s chassis was shorter the the standard DB4 with a wheelbase of 93-inches instead of 98-inches. The car?s overall length was also shorten to 171-inches, 5-inches shorter than the standard DB4. The 3.7-litre twin overhead camshaft straight 6-cylinder engine now had two spark plugs per cylinder and twin distributors. It also had 3 twin choke 45 DCOE 4 or 9 Webber carburettors. Power output was claimed to be 302-bhp at 6000 rpm.
1959 - Aston Martin wins Worlds Sportscar Championship in the DBR1 after wins at the 1000kms at the Nurburgring, Le Mans and the RAC Tourist Trophy.
1963 - The DB5 goes into production.
1964 - The DB5 appears with James Bond in the Goldfinger movie. Anyone who every saw that movie will forever associate agent 007 and his Aston Martin with all the gadgets a super-spy could desire.
1966 - The DB6 goes into production.
1969 - The DBSV8 goes into production.
1973 - The company has 420 employees and builds 400 cars.
1975 - In January, 1975 the Aston Martin company goes into voluntary liquidation. The assets are acquired by Company Developments Limited. David Brown serves as Chairman of the new company.
1977 - The V8 Vantage goes into production.
1980 - The Lagonda goes into production.
1981 - Victor Gauntlett and Pace Petroleum buy the company.
1983 - Victor Gauntlett receives financial backing by the Livanos shipping family.
1987 - The Ford Motor Company acquires 75% of Aston Martin.
1990 - The Aston Martin Virage goes into production.
1993 - The V8 Vantage goes into production.
1994 - Ford completes its acquistion of Aston Marton by purchasing the remaining 25% of stock.
1994 - The DB7 goes into production.
1996 - The DB7 Volante (Convertible) goes into production.
1999 - The V8 Vantage Le Mans and the DB7 Vantage go into production.
2001 - The V12 Vanquish goes into production.
2002 - After almost fifteen years, Aston Martin renews its relationship with Italian coachbuilders Zagato to produce the limited edition DB7 Zagato.
2003 - The 7,000th DB7 is built.
2003 - The Gaydon manufacturing facility is opened. It is the first purpose-built factory in Aston?s history.
2004 - The DB9 goes into production at the Gaydon plant.
2004 - The V12 Vanquish S goes into production.
2004 - The DB9 Volante goes into production.
2005 - Aston Martin returns to racing.
2004 - The new V8 Vantage goes into production.
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