Forever ingrained with luxury, style, and James Bond, the Aston Martin brand stands as a force to be reckoned with as far as fast vehicles are concerned. First founded in 1913 by Robert Martin and Lionel Bamford, the brand was named after the Aston Hillclimb, which was a race event that Martin routinely participated in. The brand took a lot of effort to develop sports cars but the onset of the First and Second World Wars meant that part of the company was halted for the next two decades.

It wasn’t until David Brown bought the majority of the company shares that the first true Aston Martin sports car, the DB5, was introduced. It was the one that put Aston Martin on the map when it featured driven by Sean Connery in the 1964 movie Goldfinger. Every single James Bond film has since had a highly modified Aston Martin, complete with high-tech equipment like stinger missiles, machine guns, radars, and ejector seats. The only exception was The World Is Not Enough that gave the role to a BMW 3-series. Aston Martin is willing to bring some of the reels to real, with the DBS featuring a limited-edition bulletproof version.

Despite the financial troubles that led Aston Martin under the ownership of Ford in the 1980s, it was bought back by enthusiasts under the Mercedes-Daimler wing, which now supplies all the engines and electrical systems for grand tourers like the DB11 and DBS Superleggera. Aston Martin is highlighted by great attention to detail and superb performance, balancing comfort and driving experience that grants the company a somewhat royal status. Based in Gaydon, Warwickshire, the manufacturer has held the Royal Warrant as the purveyor of motorcars to the Prince of Wales since 1982. In 2003, the company also received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for outstanding contribution to international trade.

Even then, Aston Martin has remained true to its roots, developing track-worthy race machines like the Vulcan and Valkyrie. It has expanded to other automobile sectors by the introduction of its first SUV: the DBX. Alongside land vehicles, Aston Martin is taking on projects like speed boats, bicycles, clothing, and real state, even going so far as to develop submarines and aircraft