Alexanders Horseboxes

Used Aston Martin from Alexander’s

All of Alexander’s used Aston Martin cars are competitively priced and our after care centre offers an on-going maintenance service which is second to none. We can source any Aston Martin new or used though a comprehensive network of prestige and sports car dealerships. If you don't see what you are looking for in our showroom or extensive stock list, please contact us with your requirements.

History of Aston Martin Cars


Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The two had joined forces as Bamford & Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill near Aston Clinton, and the pair decided to make their own vehicles. The first car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.
They acquired premises at Henniker Place in Kensington and produced their first car in March 1915. Production could not start because of the outbreak of World War I, and Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford the Royal Army Service Corps. All machinery was sold.

After the war the company was re-founded at Abingdon Road, Kensington and a new car designed to carry the Aston-Martin name. Bamford left in 1920 and the company was revitalised with funding from Count Louis Zborowski. In 1922, Martin produced cars to compete in the French Grand Prix, and the cars set world speed and endurance records at Brooklands. Three works Team Cars with 16 valve twin cam engines were built for racing and record breaking:
Approximately 55 cars were built for sale in two configurations, long chassis and short chassis. The company went bankrupt in 1924 and was bought by Lady Charnwood, who put her son John Benson on the board. The company failed again in 1925 and the factory closed in 1926, with Lionel Martin leaving.

Later that year, Bill Renwick, Augustus and a number of rich investors, including Lady Charnwood, took control of the company and renamed it Aston Martin Motors, and moved it to the former Whitehead Aircraft Limited works in Feltham. Also further on in 1928 Aston Martin made its first appearance in the Le Mans.

In 1937 the Aston Marin 2 litre 2/4 seater sports was produced. That same year 140 cars were built, the highest pre-war production figure.

In 1947 David Brown Limited bought the company under the leadership of managing director Sir David Brown—its "post-war saviour". David Brown also acquired Lagonda that year. In 1955, David Brown bought the Tickford coach building company and its site at Tickford Street in Newport Pagnell, and that was the beginning of the classic series of cars bearing the initials "DB". In 1950, the company announced the DB2, followed by the DB2/4 in 1953, the DB2/4 Mk11 in 1955, the DB Mark III in 1957. All the cars established a good racing pedigree for the firm, but the DB4 was the key to establishing the company's reputation, which was cemented by the famous DB5 in 1963. Later in 1964 DB5 appeared in James Bond-Goldfinger. The company continued developing the "grand touring" style with the DB6 (1965–70). Also in 1959 Aston Martin wins the world sports car championship with DBR1.

In 1972, the company was sold to another company called Developments Ltd., backed by a Birmingham-based consortium, and chaired by chartered accountant and company director William Willson, The company was resold, following a further bankruptcy event, by the Receiver in 1975 to North American businessmen Peter Sprague and George Minden for £1.05 million. The new owners pushed the company into modernising its line, producing the V8 Vantage in 1977, the convertible Volante in 1978.

In 1980 Gauntlett bought a 12.5% stake in Aston Martin for £500,000 via Pace Petroleum, with Tim Hearley of CH Industrials taking a similar share. Pace and CHI took over as joint 50/50 owners at the beginning of 1981, with Gauntlett as executive chairman.
 
Understanding that it would take some time to develop new Aston Martin products, they bought Tickford to develop automotive products for other companies. Products included a Tickford Austin Metro, a Tickford Ford Capri and even Tickford train interiors, particularly on the Jaguar XJS. Pace continued sponsoring racing events.

Gauntlett was contractually to stay as chairman for two years, his racing interests took Aston back into sports car racing in 1989 with limited European success. However, with engine rule changes for the 1990 season and the launch of the new Aston Martin Volante model, Ford provided the limited supply of Cosworth engines to the Jaguar cars racing team. As the "small Aston" DB7 would require a large engineering input, Ford agreed to take full control of Aston Martin, and Gauntlett handed over the company chairmanship in 1991. In 1992, the Vantage version was announced, and the following year the company renewed the DB range by announcing the DB7.

Over the years Aston Martin have produced a number of successful and iconic models such as the 1990 Virage, 1993 V8 Vantage, 1994 DB7, 2001 Vanquish V12, 2004 DB9, and the 2007 DBS.

In early 2007 Ford sold 92% of Aston Martin to the Aston enthusiast and CEO of Prodrive, David Richards. The sale once again sees our cherished marque in British hands and being led by true enthusiasts.

Aston Martin is passionate about their cars they produce and know this is a passion shared by their enthusiastic owners. All of their sports cars will continue to be hand built and bespoke but using high technology processes in a very modern environment. Aston Martin-----Power Beauty Soul.