Our History

The historic home of Aston Martin

Aston Martin Works is the historic home of Aston Martin with a heritage stretching back almost 60 years, whilst Newport Pagnell has an even longer association with bespoke and luxury vehicle making, being the home to Salmons Coachworks since 1830: a coach and, later, carriage maker.

These skills were the primary reason for the move from its former factory in Feltham Middlesex, while the opening of the first UK motorway – the M1 – in the early 1960s provided both rapid transport links plus, in the days before speed limits, a handy test track!

Original Salmons Coachworks building.

Newport Pagnell has a rich coach building tradition that dates back to 1830 when Salmons Coachworks was formed.

Historical image of Feltham factory.

Before moving to Newport Pagnell Aston Martin production was based in Feltham.

Historical image of Sunnyside in Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell.

Sunnyside in Tickford Street, Newport Pagnell, which became Aston Martin’s global HQ in the early 1960s.

Historical image of DB2/4 MkII being produced at the Tickford Street site.

The DB2/4 MkII was the first Aston Martin to be produced at the Tickford Street site.

Historical image of 1959 World Sportscar Championship celebration.

Left to right: Carol Shelby, Stirling Moss, Roy Salvadori and David Brown celebrate becoming World Sportscar Champions in 1959.

Iconic Models

During the 52 years that Aston Martin sports cars were made at Newport Pagnell, a total of just over 13,300 cars left the factory destined for customers all over the world. Among the many iconic models designed and built here are: DB4, DB5 & DB6, V8 Vantage, the William Towns Lagonda and the original Vanquish.

A DB5 aluminium body being worked on in 1963.

A DB5 aluminium body being worked on in 1963, the year the famous model was launched.

Sean Connery with the DB5.

Sean Connery with the DB5 he starred with in several James Bond movies from 1964 onwards. The car came with some unique modifications.

The Queen visiting Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell factory in 1966.

Aston Martin’s Newport Pagnell factory received several Royal and celebrity visits including from Her Majesty The Queen in 1966

An Aston Martin AMV8 being assembled.

The Aston Martin AMV8 was introduced in 1972 and production ran right through to 1989.

The 10000th Aston martin to be produced.

In April 1984 Aston Martin celebrated the landmark production of its 10000th car.

Craftsmanship & Tradition

The factory at Newport Pagnell has always been a hotbed of hand craftsmanship and traditional skills. Rare and sought-after, these have been nurtured here and, through the foresight of the business, remain healthy to this day.

The last V12 Vanquish produced at Newport Pagnell.

The car that marked the end of an era at Newport Pagnell was this V12 Vanquish. The date was 19 July, 2007.

An Aston Martin Works craftsman hand finishing a body panel.

The same artisan skills that have been passed down through generations are still proudly maintained at Aston Martin Works.

Inside the Aston Martin Works heritage restoration centre.

Aston Martin Works is now the largest, best equipped and most knowledgeable heritage restoration centre in the world.

An Aston Martin Works craftsman hand finishing a body panel.

Many of the original tools that made the cars are still being used to service and restore them.

Exterior of the highly distinctive flagship modern showroom and workshop.

Opened in 2012, Tickford Street now also features this highly distinctive flagship modern showroom and workshop.

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