As meet each other two quite different guys. At least one of the two is usually technically talented, Robert Bamford in this case, an engineer by profession. The other is usually a rather colourful character, in this case, Lionel Martin, with wealthy parents and an Eaton college education. Feature: He was very concerned about his appearance.
Both brought together the enthusiasm for motor sport. So the idea was not far to a common car company. The came into existence with the surnames of the two in West London in 1913. First it was a sales department of Singer automobiles, but ran quite well. It was free time for changing of cars and their use in races.
The car racing will remain a cornerstone of the company. Especially as then a new company came into being a little further west still in reach of London, but now received only the name 'Martin'. As a combination with it, the two ultimately came to mind only a successful race, namely that from Aston Clinton. And so the famous company name was born.
The new engine from 1914 had then nothing more to do with Singer, came rather from Coventry Climax, a company specialized only on engines. Here were already principles established, e.g. such as the of four-cylinder in-line engine, whose displacement was not more than 1.5 liters for a long time. It was still sideguided, but that indeed could be changed for racing versions.In addition a prototype in 1915, probably because of its practicality called 'coal-box' (Figure 1). Here a second constructive particularity was added, namely the front brake, not self-evident to this time. The engine was grown to the already mentioned displacement until 1920 and the company moved once again over a short distance. Start of production for the first Aston Martin was then 1922.
Now you can see already a feature of this company, the low sales. It was perhaps gained too much image in races, what then could not be implemented. into sales numbers. The company teetered on the brink of collapse not only once. Bamford, the even less was interested in earning money had left the company in the meantime. 12/15