Aston Martin had a VERY bumpy start. By the time they made their first production car WWI broke out immediately. It started up and failed almost yearly, but in 1926 A.C. Bertelli, working as both the chief designer and engineer, turned things around.

He turned Aston Martin into a company that made race cars, into a company that made some of the most beautiful exotic cars of all time. Read about his exploits and Aston Martin's repeated failure to launch after the jump.