Founded in 1913 by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, Aston Martin has developed into an iconic brand synonymous with luxury and elegance. 1914 saw the birth of the name 'Aston Martin' following one of Lionel Martin's successful runs at the Aston hill climb in Buckinghamshire.
Throughout the following decades the company enjoyed continued success off and on the track, continuously developing and improving their cars, culminating in winning the World Sports Car Championship in 1959. 1947 saw the start of the industrialist David Brown's involvement with Aston Martin and indeed his initials became the prefix of the cars' model names right up to the present day with the DBS and DB9.
In 1954 the company moved to the famous site at Newport Pagnell, where they remained, through several changes of ownership, until 2003 when their new global headquarters opened in Gaydon, Warwickshire. This was the first purpose built facility in the company's history and led by Dr Ulrich Bez since 2000, they now manufacture a range of highly regarded models.
Atalanta Motors first started making their renowned sports tourer in 1936, creating arguably the most technically advanced British sports car of the era.. Few of the original 1930's cars survive today and with each one being unique they rarely appear on the market and naturally command a significant premium when they do.
75 years on, Atalanta is once again taking commissions to produce modern, but faithfully re-created, examples of its only model, the Sports Tourer. Atalanta was the name of a much revered athlete of Greek Mythology.
BAC (Briggs Automotive Company) Ltd was founded by brothers Neill and Ian Briggs, who both have extensive experience in automotive design and engineering, to develop and build the amazing Mono. Neill, who is Director of Product Development, has worked for Bentley and was the Engineering Manager at Ford. Ian, who is Design Director, worked with his brother Neill as a consultant designer primarily for Porsche, Mercedes and Audi, with additional experience in the aircraft industry. The Mono is a lightweight, ultra high performance, single seat, road legal sports car. The Mono is produced at BAC's premises in Liverpool. In 2019 BAC announced the Mono R, a limited edition higher performance, lighter, more advanced Gen2 Mono. A new generation of Mono is scheduled for production in 2021.
Bensport Ltd are a well established company based in Ilminster, Somerset and specialise in the restoration and maintenance of vintage and classic cars, particulary Bentley and Roll-Royce models from 1931 to 1965.
In the 1950s it was still possible to purchase a very fine chassis from the manufacturer, which would be sent to a coach builder of the customer's choice, to have an individual body fitted to it. The result would be a very special, in many cases unique motorcar.
In order to recreate this halcyon era of exclusive motoring, Bensport have produced the La Sarthe, a beautiful, lightweight 2-door coupé body fitted to a fully rebuilt Bentley R-Type chassis from the mid 1950s. They plan to start a limited production run of the La Sarthe in 2014. The name is taken from the home of the 24 hours of Le Mans race.
Bentley Motors was founded by W.O.Bentley in 1919 when the first Bentley engine burst into life at New Street Mews, London. From these modest beginnings, W.O.'s company went from strength to strength through the 1920s, with an evolving series of acclaimed motor cars and a parade of racing triumphs to prove their outstanding performance. These laurels were capped with five outright victories at Le Mans between 1924-1930 and a sixth in 2003. If there were mission statements in those days, it could not have been expressed more eloquently than than in the words of W.O. himself, "to build a good car, a fast car, the best in class".
These words are just as relevant today as they continue to inform the company's beliefs, actions and ambitions for the future. Located in Crewe, Cheshire since 1946 and owned since 1998 by Volkswagen AG, Bentley Motors is dedicated to making responsive and powerful Grand Tourers with the stamina to cross continents at pace, and drive in refined comfort and style. They currently manufacture the, Flying Spur, Continental GT and Bentayga models.