Top 4 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Aston Martin

November 15th, 2020 by

If you asked the average person on the street about Aston Martin, the most they could probably tell you is that it’s the British answer to the likes of Porsche and Ferrari: a European luxury car company that creates some of the fastest and most advanced (and most expensive) vehicles you can find anywhere. However, the company has been around for well over 100 years at this point, and the past century has certainly been an eventful one.

“Aston Martin” Is a Place and a Person

A lot of car companies take their names from their founders: Ford, Chrysler, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda… even Dodge was founded by the Dodge brothers. Aston Martin is different, but only slightly. The company’s original founders were Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford, and although the company was first known as Martin and Bamford, the first cars they produced took the name Aston Martin since Martin made them and tested them on Aston Hill.

The Logo Isn’t Bird Wings

Considering the lines radiating out from the center of the Aston Martin logo, it’s easy to think that what you’re looking at are a pair of feathered bird wings. However, that’s not the case: the man who designed the logo, S. C. H. Davis, used a scarab’s wings as the basis for the shape. The man was a fan of Egyptology, as were many British people at the time, and scarab wings were symbols of journeys and protection in ancient Egypt.

Aston Martin Creates Bond Cars

Being a patriotic U.K. citizen, James Bond tends to prefer British luxury cars when his globetrotting adventures demand a fast set of wheels. They haven’t always been Aston Martin cars, but in the iconic movie Goldfinger, Q packed all of Bond’s gadgets into an Aston Martin DB5. He even drove an Aston Martin in the book version, although it was an earlier model. Other Bond films to feature Aston Martin vehicles include On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Goldeneye, 2006’s Casino Royale, and Skyfall.

Tractors Secured the Company’s Success

The luxury car market tends to be particularly volatile, and Aston Martin went bankrupt and passed through several owners between its founding and the end of World War II. However, in 1947, a successful tractor manufacturer named David Brown bought the company for 20,500 pounds, a steal even back then. His 25-year ownership of the company would soon turn out to be one of the best and most profitable periods in Aston Martin’s history. The DB series uses his initials for their names, and in 1968 his success earned him a knighthood.

Financial troubles or not, a company has to do a lot of things successfully to stick around for over a century. Aston Martin is one of the most famous names in automobiles today not just because it produces fast cars or because it managed to get its cars into James Bond films, it’s famous because its cars are well made and come with the kinds of features that luxury car owners are looking for. And that’s a fact, too.