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2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Hire In Scotland

2006 Aston Martin DB9 Volante Hire

Forever linked with fictional secret agent James Bond (in the books he actually drove a pre-war Bentley), the history of Aston Martin is a proper roller coaster! Founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin when he built a car to race at the Aston hillclimb in Buckinghamshire, the company has lurched from crisis to crisis whilst managing to produce breathtakingly beautiful and desirable cars.

In the years between 1920 and 1925 Aston Martin failed 4 times, setting the tone for an eventful financial life. Before the onset of the second world war in 1939 Aston failed twice more, and spent the war years making aircraft parts. Aston’s most stable period was soon to come, as tractor and gearbox magnate David Brown bought the company in 1947, and it was his money that made the company largely what it is today.

He developed the DB series of cars (a DB4 was used by Michael Caine in the Italian Job, and James Bond used a DB5 in Goldfinger) and the DBR racing cars (a DBR1 won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1959). The cars were achingly beautiful and prohibitively expensive but Brown still lost money on every car sold! After 25 years of ownership, losses at the parent David Brown company caused Aston to be sold again, this time to a Birmingham based consortium. In the next 15 years, Aston was sold a further 7 times but in 1982 only sold 30 cars worldwide. Despite having launched the V8 Vantage (self-styled as Britain’s first supercar) with 170mph top speed, and the space-age styled 4-door Lagonda – at the time the most expensive production car in the world – the recession of the early 80’s nearly killed Aston.

In 1987, a chance conversation between the then Chairman of Aston Martin, and the head of Ford Europe led to Ford buying a majority share in Aston, and its future was secure. Ford’s money bankrolled development of the DB7 and the car was an instant classic. Blessed with the same drop-dead looks as its DB brethren, Aston made 7,000 of these in a 9 year production run, re-establishing Aston as one of the coolest brands in the universe.

This coolness was increased by the 2001 launch of the Vanquish – as driven by James Bond, it was a design statement by Ian Callum that set the direction of Aston design for at least a decade. Now, 8 years on, it still looks fresh.

The Vanquish was the basis for the (slightly) more user friendly DB9 – DB8 was missed out as Aston Martin didn’t want Americans to think it only had 8 cylinders – this was a proper full-fat V12 with 480bhp. Launched in 2004 as a grand tourer rather than sports car, the DB9 quickly became one of the most desirable cars on the planet.

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