Founded in 1922 by Lionel Martin. The
“Aston” came from the fact that Martin won the Aston-Clinton hill climb in
1913. Aston Martin cars consistently did well in racing but not financially. In
1947 on the verge of bankruptcy, David Brown (David Brown Tractors) stepped in
and bought Aston Martin and Lagonda. The company went out of business in 1974
but was rescued a year later by two American Industrialist.
Gottlieb Daimler built an engine powered
2 wheeler about the same time Karl Benz built his tricycle. By the 1890s Daimler
proliferated forming subsidiaries such as Austro-Daimler and British Daimler.
The parent Daimler company merged with Benz in 1926. British Daimler
concentrated on building fast heavy sports cars but did produce sedans and
limos. They were owned by “BSA” (
Founded in 1904 as the
Since then many replicas and kit cars
have been built on this design. AC later in 1973 came out with the “AC 3000 ME