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In pictures: History of Aston Martin

Aston Martin DBS

Aston Martin has been sold by Ford to a consortium led by Dave Richards, head of the performance car specialists Prodrive.

An Aston Martin engine

The company got its name in 1914 when Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford had their first success in the Aston Hill Climb.

Aston Martin badge

The first Aston Martin car was registered in 1915.

James Bond stars seen behind an Aston Martin car

Aston Martin became an iconic British brand when the car was first driven by James Bond.

Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery

This 1965 Aston Martin DB5 was driven by Sean Connery in the films Thunderball and Goldfinger. It was auctioned in 2006 in Arizona for $2,090,000 (1,190,000).

Prince Charles getting out of an Aston Martin

Famous Aston Martin owners have included Prince Charles, seen here getting out of his Aston Martin Volante before a tour of the company's headquarters in 2004.

Badge from the Aston Martin used for Casino Royale

Aston Martin brought out a special model of its DBS for the latest Bond, Daniel Craig, to drive in Casino Royale.

Aston Martin being dusted at the Geneva motor show

Rumours abounded at the Geneva motor show about who would end up owning the luxury marque.

An Aston Martin DB9 Volante

The consortium buying Aston Martin includes Dave Richards, the US investor John Sinders and the Kuwaiti firms Investment Dar and Adeem Investment.

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