There’s a certain audacity about Andy Palmer’s leadership of Aston Martin. The plan to float the company on the stock market comes on the back of a good year for profits — at least in terms of what Aston Martin has achieved before.

Also on the way are more Aston models, a revival of the Lagonda brand as the cutting edge of modern CO2-free luxury and the promise of overall annual sales heading towards 10,000 units in the medium term. But since at least the 1960s, Aston has been bouncing in and out of bankruptcy and there’s a peculiar rhythm to Aston’s troubles.

In the early 1970s, a recession, the fuel crisis and the inability of what was a very small company to produce engines that could meet very strict new Californian pollution regulations knocked the maker out cold.

After Aston was revived in 1975, the company launched the aggressively modern Lagonda saloon, best known for its failed attempt at a digital dashboard.

Today, a deal with (small shareholder) Daimler has fixed Aston’s need for cutting-edge engines and infotainment technology.

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