In 1913 Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin fitted a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini racing car designed by Bugatti.
They named their car Aston Martin, after Lionel Martin and the Aston Clinton hill climb racing course, where the pair had already achieved racing success. Their first production car was completed in 1919, and the company’s joint preoccupation with production cars and racing success was established.
About Bamford Rose
Bamford Rose offers Aston owners an unrivalled personal engineering service based on the principles that inspired the original founders’ dream.