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Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. They joined forces the previous year to sell cars made by Singer. Martin raced specials at Aston Hill, near Aston Clinton. The pair then decided to make their own vehicles.
The first car was to be called Aston Martin and was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder engine to the chassis of the 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.
They produced their first car in March 1915 after acquiring premises in Kensington at Henniker Mews. However, production could not start due to the First World War in which Martin joined the Admiralty and Bamford the Royal Army Service Corps. All the machinery was sold to the Sopwith Aviation Company.
Aston Martin moved to Abingdon Road after the First World War, and designed a new car. Bamford left in 1920 and the company received funding from Count Louis Zborowski. In 1922, they produced cars to compete in the French Grand Prix. They went on to set world speed and endurance records at Brooklands. Vehicles created around this time were the Green Pea, the Razor Blade and the Halford Special.
About 55 cars were built for sale, a long chassis and a short chassis. Aston Martin went bankrupt in 1924 and was built by Dorothea, Lady Charnwood. She put her son, John Benson in charge but it failed again in 1925. The factory closed in 1926 and Lionel Martin left.
Later in 1926, Bill Renwick, Augustus Bertelli (Bert) and investors such as lady Charnwood, took control of the business. It was renamed Aston Martin Motors and moved it to the Whitehead Aircraft Limited Hanworth in Feltham. Bertelli and Renwick had already been in a partnership for some time and had developed an overhead-cam four-cylinder engine using a patented combustion chamber design. They tested it on a chassis and called it the Buzzbox. It was the only Renwick and Bertelli motor car made.
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