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SUMMARY…………………………………………………………………………………...1 INTRODUCTION……………………………………………………………………………2 CHAPTER I – HISTORY…………………………………………………………………...3
1.1 Birth of an Aston…………………………………………………………3
1.2 War and Speed…………………………………………………………...3 1.3 The Sexy, Successful Sixties……………………………………………...4 1.4 Good Times, Bad Times………………………………………………….4 1.5 The New Millennium……………………………………………………..4 1.6 Recent History……………………………………………………………5 CHAPTER II – LEGENDARY CARS……………………………………………………...5

2.1 Aston Martin DB5………………………………………………………..5
2.2 Aston Martin DBS………………………………………………………..6
2.3 Aston Martin One-77…………………………………………………….7
2.4 Aston Martin V12 Zagato………………………………………………..8 CHAPTER III – CENTENARY CELEBRATION………………………………………...8
3.1 100 Years of Aston Martin………………………………………………9 3.2 Exclusive Centenary Edition…………………………………………...10 CONCLUSION……………………………………………………………………………...11 BIBLIOGRAPHY…………………………………………………………………………..12

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INTRODUCTION

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CHAPTER I – HISTORY

1.1 Birth of an Aston
Way back in 1913, Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin founded a car company called, naturally enough, Bamford & Martin. But a year later, Martin killed it on the Aston Hill Climb in one of the new company's cars. The founders decided to take advantage of this sporting feat and rename the company Aston Martin in 1914. It was one year later, in 1915, when the first Aston Martin was registered. The company puttered along at low volume and sent its first works competition car out to the track in 1921. If that seems like slow going for a new manufacturer, it's because there was a little thing called World War I going on. The aftereffects of the war were enough to cause the company to shut its doors in 1925, but it was able to fire back up as Aston Martin Motors Limited in 1926.

1.2 War and Speed
Like lots of car companies in Europe, the '30s and '40s were tough on Aston Martin. The company changed ownership several times, though it managed to build 140 cars in 1937 anyway -- the most Astons manufactured in one year since it started. The World War II years made manufacturing even tougher, if not impossible, but the company was resurrected when David Brown bought it, along with Lagonda, in 1947. Throwing humility to the wind, all cars under his aegis would carry the owner's initials, DB. Two years later, two DB2 prototypes entered Le Mans, and in 1950, the car saw production. Then, in 1951, the DB2 cemented its place in sports car history by taking the top three spots in its class at Le Mans. In 1954, production was moved to Newport Pagnell

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1.3 The Sexy, Successful Sixties
The DB4, which went into production in 1958, set the stage for some of the best years of Aston Martin's life. The cars won several races, more models were put into production, but most importantly, Sean Connery drove a DB5 in two early James Bond movies. The Silver Birch-painted car with gadgets by Q -- including an ejector seat -- became an instant icon.

1.4 Good Times, Bad Times
But not even Bond could save Aston Martin when the gas crisis hit in the 1970s, along with new safety regulations. David Brown had to sell the company in 1972, and in 1975, production hit its lowest point at 21 cars. A series of V8 Volantes and Vantages kept the company as afloat as possible through the 1980s, but the company changed hands several times during the 1980s, Ford buying most of the company in 1987. Finally, in 1994, Ford brought its big money to the table and bought Aston Martin in its entirety.

1.5 The New Millennium
Under Ford's ownership, the DB7 came into being. It was an improvement over the lackluster Astons of the eighties, but it still smacked of the Ford parts bin, with a bit of the Taurus about it. Still, the numbers were up, and by 2001, 5000 DB7s had been built. In 2003, Aston moved from its storied headquarters in Newport Pagnell to a shiny new shop in Gaydon. The company announced that it would return to racing with the DBR9, and the designs of its...
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