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Britain By Car - A Motoring History


Created Date:

11 August 2013

Last Modified:

17 January 2024
Kensington

Aston Martin

Still seeking stability, Aston Martin moves to new premises.

Location
53 Abingdon Road, London W8

Date
1920 - 1925

Count Zborowski driving a 1922  Aston Martin 1.5 litre ‘Strasbourg’ at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, probably in the same year. The car was originally built for the 1922 French Grand Prix and is still in running order, 1906, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
Count Zborowski driving a 1922 Aston Martin 1.5 litre ‘Strasbourg’ at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, probably in the same year. The car was originally built for the 1922 French Grand Prix and is still in running order, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
  • Count Zborowski driving a 1922  Aston Martin 1.5 litre ‘Strasbourg’ at Shelsley Walsh hillclimb, probably in the same year. The car was originally built for the 1922 French Grand Prix and is still in running order, 1906, © National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.

Commentary
After the end of the First World War, Aston-Martin (then hyphenated) was able to resume business and, in 1920, moved into new premises on Abingdon Road. 

Development of the car continued, with the first sales of works' Astons in 1921.  However, despite sporting success, production remained low.

Although benefitting from further injections of capital from the wealthy racing driver, Count Louis Zborowski, and Lady Charnwood, the company was unable to find long term stability.  Following Count Zborowski's death in the 1924 Italian Grand Prix, Aston-Martin went into receivership in 1925.

The company was taken over by W S Renwick and A C Bertelli; the Martins withdrew from the operation, and the business moved to a new site at Feltham, in Middlesex.

Lionel Martin continued to live in the Kensington area at The Hollies, 1 Pembroke Villas, Kensington, until moving in 1932 to Palings, Warboys Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey. 

At the time of writing (2016), an estate agent occupies 53 Abingdon Road, although Tim Cottingham, on www.astonmartins.com, suggests that the site also extended next door to what is now private housing and known as Vantage Place.

Other locations 
Chelsea, London  
Feltham, Middlesex  
Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire  
Bloxham, Oxfordshire
St Athan, South Glamorgan
Gaydon, Warwickshire

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