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Aston Martin's fabulous racing car

Last updated on: February 9, 2012 15:03 IST

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Legendary car manufacturer Aston Martin plans to start production of its racing car, V12 Zagato.

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Only 150 examples of the V12 Zagato will be built, and it is expected to cost about $540,000, according to Business Insider.

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Image: Aston Martin is know for classy cars.
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Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars, based in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

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Image: Aston Martin Lagonda Limited is a British manufacturer of luxury sports cars.
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The company name is derived from the name of one of the company's founders, Lionel Martin, and from the Aston Hill speed hillclimb near Aston Clinton in Buckinghamshire.

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It also designs and engineers cars that are manufactured by Magna Steyr in Austria.

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Image: Aston Martin designs cars that are manufactured by Magna Steyr.
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From 1994 until 2007, Aston Martin was part of the Ford Motor Company, becoming part of the company's Premier Automotive Group in 2000.

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Image: Aston Martin was part of the Ford Motor Company.
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On March 12, 2007, it was purchased for 479 million pounds by a joint venture company, headed by David Richards, John Sinders, an American investment banker; and two Kuwaiti investment companies, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment.

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Image: On March 12, 2007, it was purchased for 479 million pounds.
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Ford retained a $77 million stake in Aston Martin, valuing the company at $925 million.

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Image: Ford retained a $77 million stake.
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First car to be named Aston Martin was created by Martin by fitting a four-cylinder Coventry-Simplex engine to the chassis of a 1908 Isotta-Fraschini.

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Image: Aston Martin was founded in 1913 by Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford.
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Two had joined forces as Bamford and Martin the previous year to sell cars made by Singer from premises in Callow Street, London where they also serviced GWK and Calthorpe vehicles.

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Image: Two had joined forces as Bamford and Martin.
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