Aston Martin, a British high end sports car manufacturer, was founded in 1913. Over the last hundred years, the company has changed hands several times and suffered several setbacks, but today reigns as one of the top names in luxury and performance.
There aren’t many Aston Martin pictures from the really early days – just as the company was getting set up, and assembling its first handful of vehicles, World War I interrupted its efforts. Unlike some of Aston Martin’s contemporaries, the company did not provide machinery or engineering services, so it was not directly involved in the war effort. However, both its founders joined the military and sold the company’s assets to aviation firms. Essentially, Aston Martin was brought to a close. However, after the war, it started back up fairly quickly. Throughout the 1920s, Aston Martin suffered several more financial setbacks. Though some cars were produced during those years, the company really didn’t gain traction until the 1930s. Aston Martin photos from this era show a lot of two seat, open top road cars that showed the designers’ keen interest in and experience with the racing industry. Then World War II began and Aston Martin was forced to shut down again.
Investors kept the company afloat while it continued to struggle. Aston Martin images from the late era feature high horsepower luxury roadsters such as the Vantage, the Volante, and the DB7. The Vanquish came along a bit later, and featured a V12 engine, helping round out the current lineup.