Ever since the first Aston Martin was crafted more than one hundred years ago, we’ve had a talent for creating luxury, high-performance cars. Founded by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford in 1913 in a small London workshop, Aston Martin has since grown to become an internationally admired luxury brand.
Lagonda remains faithful to the forward thinking, ever adventurous spirit of Wilbur Gunn, the Anglo-American engineer and entrepreneur who founded Lagonda in a greenhouse at his home in Staines to the west of London in 1904.
The love of beautiful has always been our guiding principle. And Martin and Bamford’s coming together – our origins as a company – was our earliest expression of it.
Both men had a passion and a talent for machines, propulsion, engines and racing. They had a shared love for the car because it provided them the most exhilarating and memorable experiences. Moments of beauty. Moments that they craved to create, repeat, celebrate and share. That passion drove them to hand build cars that were ever faster, more powerful, thrilling, comfortable – more beautiful – than the previous.
Little wonder then that they named Aston Martin after one singular motoring event in Buckinghamshire, England. A moment of pure driving emotion, when Lionel Martin took on the Aston Clinton Hill Climb race in their latest creation, and won.
After over 60 years, Aston Martin returned to the Formula One/Grand Prix grid in 2021 as the Aston Martin Cognizant branded F1™ team.
Still today it is frequently praised as the most beautiful car in the world and one that transcended into popular culture like no other.