Aston Martin Vanquish
A3 – Aston Martin prototype (1921)
The first Aston Martin, named Coal Scuttle was built in 1915. Following
Coal Scuttle and the Great War, three more prototype cars were built including Bunny (no longer in existence) and chassis
number A3 which was the third Aston Martin ever built and the oldest in existence. The car is now owned by the Aston
Martin Heritage Trust.
Aston Martin - the first 100 years
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2nd January, 2013
The year 2013 sees Aston Martin celebrate its centenary with a year-long
calendar of exceptional events.
The globally-renowned British luxury sports car maker will mark its first 100 years with a series of UK and
international celebrations highlighting the unique success of the brand worldwide.
Boasting the strongest product line-up in its 99 years to date, Aston Martin has recently introduced its new ultimate
GT – the exceptional Vanquish – and timeless new DB9.
A commemorative plaque will be unveiled 15th January 2013 marking the official incorporation of the company 100 years
ago. To commemorate the historic occasion the oldest surviving Aston Martin – A3 – and a stunning new Vanquish, the
brand’s ultimate GT, will take their places at a photo call at Henniker Mews in Chelsea – the original home of Aston
In the evening of 15th January the Aston Martin Heritage Trust Walter Hayes Memorial Lecture will take place in
central London with A3 and Vanquish again guest starring alongside actor Sir John Standing as Lionel Martin, telling the
story of his early days and his experience of making the first Aston Martin in Lionel Martin’s own words.
The centrepiece of the celebrations will be a week-long festival of all things Aston Martin which is set to
take place from 15th July to 21st July 2013. Designed to appeal to owners and enthusiasts of the brand, the Centenary
Week will include open house activities at Aston Martin’s exclusive Gaydon headquarters, including factory-based events
and driving tours.
The week will culminate in a 1,000-guest ‘birthday party’ on Saturday 20th July and a spectacular Centenary Concours
event in central London on Sunday 21st July.
This highlight of the centenary celebrations will be held in central London in partnership with the Aston Martin
Heritage Trust and the Aston Martin Owners Club. It will feature the 100 most iconic cars in a concours display and up to
1,000 Aston Martins forming the largest gathering in the 100-year history of the great British marque.
A number of centenary drives will also be held to coincide with the birthday party and the concours event. These will
include around England and Wales taking in a number of locations, a drive through the Highlands and Islands of Scotland
and a rally through six European countries in six days. In America, the Pebble Beach centenary drive programme offers an
opportunity to visit some of California’s most scenic regions before spending the week-end at the legendary Pebble Beach
To mark its first century in business, Aston Martin has devised a special centenary logo: a dynamic spiralling design
derived from the nautilus shell, one of the most perfectly proportioned and mathematically precise objects found in
nature. Ninety nine points arranged in an elegant helix spiral out from the Aston Martin logo and culminate in a red
'100' to mark the celebration year. The logo has been designed to express forward motion while also acknowledging the
importance of the past.
1913 to 2013
On 15th January 1913, Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford founded a new automotive venture.
They called their company Bamford and Martin which later became Aston Martin, acknowledging Robert Bamford’s success
at the Aston Clinton Hillclimb in Buckinghamshire, where he had successfully raced their very first cars.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Bamford and Martin began their business in Chelsea’s Henniker Mews in London, becoming well known as providers of
sporting machines to enthusiastic racers and discerning enthusiasts.
In the century that followed Aston Martin has come to represent many things, from sporting prowess through to
technical innovation, beautiful design, fine craftsmanship and superior performance.
In Aston Martin's first 90 years the company built fewer than 15,000 cars. The open bodied two-seater sports specials
of the pre-war years gave way to the David Brown era of the 1950s and beyond which saw the introduction of the legendary
DB2/4, DB4, DB5, DB6 and DBS, before the V8 Vantage and Virage led Aston Martin to the DB7, original Vanquish and on into
the modern era.
A second celebration sees Aston Martin mark its first decade at Gaydon, in Warwickshire, moving in to its
purpose-built premises on 3rd January 2003. Since that date Aston Martin, overseen by CEO Dr Ulrich Bez, has produced
45,000 cars to huge critical and commercial acclaim.
The original DB9 and Vantage were joined by the Rapide, DBS, Virage and now the timeless new DB9 and ultimate GT, the
Vanquish – Aston Martin's latest flagship sports car.
Aston Martin is, too, no longer focused on the domestic market but an international player, exporting 75% of its
annual production around the world to 146 dealerships in 41 countries.