The model lineup for Aston Martin, one of the United Kingdom’s most storied carmakers, is small but impressive. Aston Martin started making sleek racing machines in 1915, but it didn’t start selling vehicles on this side of the pond until 1950. In 1987 the company was taken over by Ford Motor Co. and folded into the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker’s Premier Automotive Group, which also included Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo. In 2007 a financially strapped Ford sold Aston Martin to a consortium of two international investment houses led by David Richards, Investment Dar and Adeem Investment. They continue to make compelling and exclusive sports and grand touring machines.